"BECAUSE THOU HAST MADE THE LORD, WHICH IS MY REFUGE, EVEN THE MOST HIGH THY HABITATION; THERE SHALL NO EVIL BEFALL THEE, NEITHER SHALL ANY PLAGUE COME NIGH THY DWELLING."Psa. 91:9, 10
God willing, Jan and I will be preparing to leave for China as you receive this letter. As I write this report to you in mid-May the SARS epidemic is still very ominous and much in the news — especially in China!
PLEASE PRAY! We have no fear in going — God's Word says "NO PLAGUE"! Our only concern would be that the authorities could close the nation to international travel which might stop or at least delay this most important journey. So why all the hurry and concern you may ask?
Well, you may remember, I met with the top officials in China at the request of the Chinese ambassador in the year 2000. His question was, "How do we deal with the false religious cults sweeping China?" My response was — "Let us bring the true Christian faith into China, which teaches all citizens to obey the civil government."
As I met with eight of the government ministers they were impressed and delighted with several passages I had highlighted in the Bibles I gave to them — especially Romans 13:
"OBEY THE GOVERNMENT, FOR GOD HAS
PUT IT THERE!" Rom. 13:1 TLB
That whole passage amazed them as I read it aloud in every meeting!
"PAY YOUR TAXES TOO, FOR GOVERNMENT
WORKERS NEED TO BE PAID SO THAT THEY
CAN KEEP DOING GOD'S WORK!" Rom. 13:6
Boy — they really loved that one!
But you say, "Wait a minute, Paul—China is still communist and haven't you heard of all the persecution of Christians over there?"
Well, if the Apostle Paul could write this of the horrifically evil Roman Caesars, and the government of his day — well, I think you get the point!
The truth is the new generation of Chinese leaders are truly opening up and reaching out the hand of friendship! I say let's take that hand and show our Chinese brothers and sisters that we really do love them with the love of the Lord!
So why the hurry? Shortly after I returned from Beijing, China in 2000, a powerful prophetic word came to me from our dear friend, Aquilla Nash. The word was that within three years TBN would cover China with the true Christian faith which would help their leaders with many of the problems they had expressed.
Dear Partners -
WE ARE IN THE THIRD YEAR!
I met the new ambassador from The People's Republic of China in Washington last May. I was received most cordially by His Excellency Ambassador Yang Jiechi. Some of the staff at the embassy have become good friends — in 2001 Mr. Chen Ligang, counselor for the embassy, visited us in California and was my guest on "Behind the Scenes." Mr. Qian Decun, first secretary at the embassy, was part of my host committee in China back in 2000 — YES, we are making many new friends in China!
So what do we hope to finalize on this trip? Well, it is really very simple — we want what they call, "LANDING RIGHTS" to bring our satellite signal into the TV stations, cable stations, or little DBS dishes into the homes of the people. You see, our Asian satellite covers all of China NOW! Hong Kong and the south of China are watching TBN now! A year or so ago, Benny Hinn had a great crusade in Hong Kong and brought back the exciting news that many were able to receive TBN. But mainland China has different rules and policies, so we seek the blessing and permission of the government to do two things:
1. Begin with a cultural exchange program now. They would send us a short weekly report of interest about China. We would send them a weekly report from America on many items of culture, education and religion.
2. We also seek, as I said, "landing rights" so that we can negotiate with the many TV and cable stations to bring TBN and Chinese language programs into the homes of the Chinese people.
So, there is the challenge for which I ask your intercessory prayers.
NOW HEAR THIS -
We can leap over the head of politics and create spiritual bonds of friendship and love that the political process can never do!
One final point which I hope to present to the officials: We have heard much criticism of China on the so-called "human rights" issue — particularly the issue with the so-called "home or house churches."
Dr. Han Wenzao, a precious Christian brother who visited us in California, explained clearly what the problem is. Dr. Han, until recently, was head of the entire Protestant Christian church in China. He told me that if the small "home churches" would simply register with the government their meetings and activities, they would come under the protection of the state! When I expressed great surprise, he went on to say that the Chinese constitution guarantees the freedom of religion much as our USA constitution!
Oh, I can already hear the howls of protest from the human rights activists and heresy hunters! Yes, Dr. Han went on to confess that there has been religious persecution and intolerance in the past. But PLEASE HEAR THIS — the new generation of leaders is reaching out! Please, let us take their hand and show them the true love of Christ expressed in the true Christian faith!
Now, here is my plan and my final plea for your prayers -
I will vow to the Chinese leaders that TBN and other Christian leaders in America will be the key to breaking down the walls of fear and suspicion between the government and the unofficial churches and Christians of China! And here is the clincher -
IF CHINA WILL PERMIT TBN TO BRING TRUE CHRISTIAN FAITH TO THE HOMES OF CHINA VIA TV, WHAT BETTER WAY TO RESTORE TRUST BETWEEN GOVERNMENT, THE HOUSE CHURCHES AND THE PEOPLE?!
So — dear, dear, Partners — PRAY, PRAY, PRAY! Jan and I promise to do our part. We will GO, GO, GO, and speak the Word of the Lord before kings, presidents, premiers, and prime ministers! This great Voice that God has raised up now covers the whole world with over 5,000 stations and 33 great satellites!
581 CABLE STATIONS WENT ON IN INDIA JUST IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS!
Letters and emails are pouring into us from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America and the islands of the seas! Praise the Lord!
Your continued prayers and loving support make it all possible! What a reward awaits us all very soon! There are no words to express Jan and my love for you and for 30 awesome years of faithful service to our wonderful Lord!
This could be my last really BIG journey for peace— Please go with us — it really is:
CHINA – NOW!
P.S. From China we go on to St Petersburg, Russia for two great meetings in the Olympic auditorium! PLEASE PRAY!
With its population of more than 1.2 billion people, we have the opportunity to make many new friends in China!
His Excellency Ambassador Yang Jiechi, the new ambassador from The People's Republic of China to the United States, was a most gracious host as we discussed TBN's desire for a cultural exchange of television programs.
Several years ago, on one of our early visits to China, Jan and I stood on the Great Wall and claimed this great nation for Jesus!
In 2000 I traveled to China and met with the Minister of Information, Mr. Zhao Qizheng. I will meet with Mr. Zhao again this July. He is key to TBN's efforts in China.
During my 2000 trip, we reached an agreement "in principle" that TBN would be permitted to broadcast its satellite signal into China. I am going back this July to cement that agreement. ATTENTION ALL PRAYER WARRIORS — PLEASE PRAY!