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Heavy rains kill at least 36 people in Indiacomment (0)

August 27, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (The Tide) — At least 36 people have been killed by relentless rains in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan in the heaviest rainfall there since 1981.

The army has been called in to help in aid and rescue actions in the worst-hit districts in India, including Jaipur and Sikar. The army was deployed to Jaipur first, where thousands of people were evacuated from their damaged homes, many of which were on the verge of collapse.

“Our hearts reach out to those who have been affected by these terrible monsoons,” said Shenk. “We pray that the people of India find relief and safety until the storm passes. The people of India can always turn to the Lord in a time of need and know that He is with them throughout all of life’s storms. Our radio ministry has been thriving in India for over 65 years and we look forward to new ways to reach the population there for Christ.”

The Tide ministry currently produces heart language radio programs in seventeen different heart languages.  Seven of these languages target people groups in India, with programming in Hindi on the air for nearly three and a half decades. Because of the large Hindi speaking population, The Tide produces two different programs that air at various times during the week.

The Tide is working diligently to expand its Christian broadcasts in more languages around the globe. In January, The Tide began broadcasting in the Anaang language in Nigeria, making it the 15th language The Tide offers throughout the world. In April, The Tide added radio programming in the Ibibio language in Nigeria, and in June, The Tide expanded even further to include the Dzongkha language spoken in Bhutan, a small nation in South Asia bordered by China and India.

These three newest languages keep The Tide on track for its aggressive goal to introduce evangelistic radio programs in 15 new languages by the year 2015 through its Vision 2015 initiative, ultimately offering programming in 29 total languages across the globe by 2015.

The Tide’s Vision 2015 builds on the momentum of more than six decades of radio ministry. The goal of Vision 2015 is to add approximately four new heart language programs each year over the next four years. With almost a quarter of the world’s population living within the current range of The Tide radio programming, and nearly 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, the opportunities are tremendous.

Several new potential languages are also being considered for further Tide growth, such as those spoken by people groups in Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Nigeria, including its Tiv language. The Yoa language spoken in parts of Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania, along with more tribal languages in India as well as opportunities in Thailand and Pakistan are also in the strategic planning phases.

An alarmingly high number of people across the globe have never heard the message of God’s saving love for lack of a simple $40 radio. At the same time, Christianity is growing worldwide, partly because of programs like The Tide’s. Thousands of generous people across the United States have enabled The Tide’s radio programs to thrive and expand into even more countries through its “Sponsor a Radio” program that helps further projects like The Tide’s Radios for India and Radios for Nigeria.

Details on The Tide’s “Sponsor a Radio” program can be found at http://thetide.org/get-involved/ways-to-contribute/c/sponsor-a-radio

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