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Radio Programs Reach Listeners in Remote Villages of Nepal

The Tide® radio programs reach people around the world in a variety of settings—in busy cities, in rural farmland and in remote villages. These precious listeners are from a multitude of backgrounds, but they have one thing in common—they are valued in Jesus’ eyes. Since 2004, The Tide ministry has been recording and broadcasting gospel programming in the nation of Nepal. Today, listeners are reached through two languages, Tharu and Nepali, which is spoken by 19 million people. Some of these listeners cannot read or write, so the spoken Word of God in their own language through the radio is their only window to Christ.“The nation of Nepal is heavily Hindu, so the fraction of residents who are Christian are hungry for more information and teaching about Jesus Christ,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “We know that our programming reaches people of all walks of life, some of whom are illiterate, and we are honored to be their eyes and ears to the gospel and to Christ’s saving grace.”Th…

Psalm 42

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Submitted by Debbie ThomasPsalm 42: 5,11 “Why are you cast down, oh my soul?  And, why are you disquieted within me?  Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him.”I have always been intrigued at the way the psalmist speaks to himself in his writings.  In the verses from Psalm 42, he asks himself why he is cast down, why he is troubled.  Rather than giving an answer to his question, however, he commands his soul to “hope in God”. The writer knows that God is his only true hope; he knows that he must take his eyes off of himself and place them upon the source of his strength!I am learning this lesson- to speak to my own soul when I begin to slide into the slough of sorrow or discouragement.  I am learning to remind myself that my hope is sure, for I do not hope in the temporal, but rather in the eternal.  My path on the adventure of life winds around curves and bends.  Metaphorically, I have scaled the jagged mountains, at times being cut along the journey; I have trudged through dark, fore…

Nepal Listeners Share Impact of Gospel Programming

For 14 years,The Tide® has been recording and broadcasting gospel programming in the nation of Nepal, which is heavily Hindu. Just a fraction of the population is Christian, and The Tide programs in two languages—Nepali and Tharu—aim to lift up listeners and provide the hope of Christ.The Tide ministry’s weekly program in Nepal is called “Prasasta Jivan,” which means “Abundant Life” in English. Last month, the speaker for the Nepali language program, spoken by 19 million in Nepal, spent two days recording 40 new radio programs.“These programs in the Nepali and Tharu language are vital to the faith of Christians in Nepal,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “Especially now with an anti-conversion law in effect, Nepali Christians can come together as part of a radio community and be encouraged through these recordings. We are thankful for those on the ground who work to make these programs a reality and even face danger in an environment that can be hostile to Christianity.”Several liste…

Attack on Christian Leader in Nepal an Indication of Danger for Believers in Jesus Christ

Pastor Sagar Baizu, the spokesperson and co-general secretary of the Federation of National Christians in Nepal, was attacked while sipping a coffee between meetings earlier this summer. Pastor Baizu was blindsided in a café when six to eight men suddenly attacked him from behind. They beat him and fled, telling the Christian leader they would “blast your church” and “shoot you and all your leaders,” reported ChristianHeadlines.com.Instances like this are becoming far too common in countries where Christianity is viewed as a threat to the national religion, says The Tide® global radio ministry. The Tide ministry has been broadcasting gospel programming in Nepal since 2004, beginning with a weekly program reaching a potential of 19 million people who speak the Nepali language called “Prasasta Jivan” which means “Abundant Life” in English. Then in 2013, The Tide ministry began offering a program in the Tharu language to help make disciples and plant churches among this people group.The …

New Anti-Conversion Law Makes Sharing Faith Difficult for Christians in Nepal

It is now harder for Christians in Nepal to share their faith and help others to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ. In August, a law criminalizing religious conversions and the “hurting of religious feelings” went into effect in Nepal, a year after the bill was passed, reported The Christian Post. And Nepal’s Christian minority fears the new law will be abused by those seeking to settle scores—as has happened frequently in neighboring India.The Tide® has been broadcasting gospel radio programming in Nepal since 2004, beginning with a weekly program reaching a potential of 19 million people who speak the Nepali language called “Prasasta Jivan” which means “Abundant Life” in English. Then in 2013, The Tide ministry began offering a program in the Tharu language to help make disciples and plant churches among this people group.“This new anti-conversion law in Nepal will certainly pose a great difficulty for Christians there,”saidDirector Don Shenk. “At one time, Nepal was the world’s…