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Spreading the Good News of Christ One Country at a Time

Gospel Tide Broadcasting, best known as The Tide, is a Christian nonprofit outreach program that started its beginnings in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Reverend Charlie Byers started a local radio broadcast initially reaching just the Chambersburg community.

By 1975, The Tide became international, and the radio broadcast was reaching Southern Africa. Since then, The Tide has been reaching numerous countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East through radio and television broadcasting.

With each broadcasting program, The Tide has used the language of that specific country to share God’s Word making a more meaningful way to spread the Gospel.

Sharing the Gospel

The ministry currently broadcasts radio to three continents, 12 countries, and through 30 different languages. A full list of countries that The Tide Ministries has made a positive impact in can be found on their “Where We Work” page.

The Franklin County community, being just one small asset to benefiting the ministry and sharing the good news, can volunteer or give to benefit The Tide Ministries in sharing the Gospel.

The Franklin County community has already been a huge benefit for The Tide through shoe donations, volunteer service, and events.

Erlinda Hand, Mobilization and Engagement Coordinator for The Tide Ministries, reflects on all of the volunteer service, giving, and love that the Franklin County community has shown, “We would like to thank the community for their involvement in helping us collect an overwhelming amount of shoes this year for our shoe drive. We couldn’t have done it without you.”

Currently, The Tide is working on a special project with partners in Zimbabwe to improve production and ministry capacity. Hand shares that, “The community can help with any of the countries really.”

Truly, it is not just Zimbabwe that the community of Franklin County can help benefit, but other countries as well through The Tide.

Franklin County is able to be a part of sharing the good news and love of Jesus Christ. With Tide Ministries, giving is being able to bless another community or country by hearing the Word of the Lord and how God dearly loves His each and everyone of His children.

Upcoming Events

The Race to Share the Gospel event is quickly approaching for the Chambersburg community. Runners can choose to either do the virtual event or the in-person kick-off event happening on April 27. The virtual challenge begins on April 27 as well and ends on May 16.

The in-person event will be hosted at Norlo Park in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania in Pavilion two. The Tide is hosting a one-mile fun run starting at 9:30 a.m. that morning. Participants have the opportunity to run with one of the pastors from Albania. The 5K run will start promptly at 10 a.m. then.

Hand shares, “Any of our race proceeds is focusing on the Balkan region. The community will really be helping to impact the areas of Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, and additional programming in North Macedonia.”

Other events hosted by The Tide are their annual golf events. Being sold out already, on June 20 has been a popular, anticipated event for many in the community. The fall golf event is set to be scheduled for September 27, 2024.

Another event that the ministry will be a part of, but not hosting, is the Cumberland Valley Christian Choir’s concert series. Taking place on Sunday, April 28 at Antrim Brethren in Christ Church, the Cumberland Valley Christian Choir will be singing an array of songs, and all proceeds will be benefiting The Tide Ministries. “We are going to be the recipients of the proceeds of this event this year,” Hand adds, “We are really excited about it.”

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, serve, or give to The Tide Ministries visit the Get Involved page or Give page.

Hand emphasizes, “Some other events will be in between those big golf events, but they aren’t on the calendar at this time. They are in the works.”

Lastly, The Tide is also challenging anyone and everyone to participate in their “Have you Heard” challenge.

When signing up for the “Have you Heard” challenge, The ministry will provide a t-shirt to start a great conversation with asking 10 people over the next year about Jesus Christ. Participants are able to share their incredible faith in God with others, and allow the individual to spread the Word of God throughout the community.

For more information about The Tide Ministries visit their website or Facebook page.


Pamela K Coyle 1949-2024

Pam received her Master’s degree in library science from Clarion University in 1978. She never lost her love of reading or her enthusiasm for libraries.

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Candie worked in the Prothonotary’s office at the Fulton County Courthouse, and later at Irving Accounting and U.S.A. Cartage in Williamsport, MD.

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