When a congregation from a church in Gjakova, Kosovo, traveled to a town square to worship God and pray, they had no idea who might join them.
But when a group of interested teenagers flocked to the church group, doors were opened for young lives to be changed by Christ.
The Tide (thetide.org) global radio ministry has been working with local churches in Kosovo for more than two years, including with a pastor who broadcasts Gospel radio programming and leads a church near the city of Klina.
"This church planned an outreach event in Klina recently and were heading to the main square to worship and share the gospel with whoever approached, but what happened next exceeded everyone's expectations," said The Tide Director Don Shenk. "Just as they finished sharing the vision for Klina, they started to pray and worship, and many young people from the nearby school jumped in, wondering what was going on and drawn in by the music and prayers."
Shenk added that the group prayed with the teens, told them about God and opened their eyes to the Holy Spirit. Some of the youth returned the next week for the church service, and now a youth meeting is also in the works to meet the needs of this young group who is excited to learn more about Jesus.
"We continue to pray for this new Klina church, as they look for direction and proceed with God-given strategy," Shenk said. "Concerns are financial, as well as that the leaders will find additional ways to reach the youth of Kosovo. We thank God for all He is doing in Kosovo, and praise him for sowing seeds in this small but mighty group."
The Tide ministry's newest initiative, called "Every Knee, Every Tongue," allows people to help place gospel radio programs like the one heard by these young people in Kosovo in regions around the world. Through "Every Knee, Every Tongue," all are welcome to sponsor Christian radio broadcasts produced by The Tide ministry and recorded by local indigenous pastors in both populated and remote communities across the globe. The Tide ministry will be spreading the message about "Every Knee, Every Tongue" at several events this summer.
Rooted in Romans 14:11, "for it is written: 'As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God," "Every Knee, Every Tongue" raises the question: How will every knee bow and every tongue proclaim praise to God if we don't share what Jesus has done with others? Click here to read more about "Every Knee, Every Tongue."
The Tide ministry currently offers audio programming in 25 heart languages spoken by millions of people in multiple regions of Albania, Bhutan, India, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, Thailand and Zimbabwe, making it possible for multiple people groups to hear the gospel in the languages they were born to speak.
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