"THE HARVEST IS TRULY PLENTEOUS, BUT THE LABOURERS ARE FEW; PRAY YE THEREFORE THE LORD
OF THE HARVEST, THAT HE WILL SEND FORTH LABOURERS INTO HIS HARVEST." MATT 9:37, 38
Dear, dear partners — our beautiful world is in a
mess! Oh, there are still parts of this planet with
majestic splendor, but man has turned many spots into
virtual hellholes! In prayer I cried out to the Lord and
asked, “Father, how long will you allow this madness
to continue?” Israel and the Palestinians; the madman
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, who
declares that Israel must be “wiped off the map”; the
war in Iraq rages on with many giving their lives to
establish a free democratic nation next door to Iran.
North Korea is just as crazy with President Kim Jong-il
refusing to cease research for the ultimate weapon —
the atomic bomb!
Precious partners, forgive me for opening this
letter on such a downer! But we have GOOD
NEWS for you, our TBN family! Yes, let’s
take a look at what God has allowed us to do
in 2007. I will not bore you with miles and
miles of statistics, but will condense them and
give you just a few.
FIRST LET ME ASK YOU to place this
letter and report for 2007 on
your refrigerator, prayer
closet, or some prominent
place in your home.
Lift these exciting
accomplishments to God daily, if only for
a few minutes, and ask him to open even
greater doors for 2008!
First of all, God gave us a beautiful little
studio theater in Union Square in Manhattan, New
York City! It is virtually remodeled and ready to
become the new home for Channel 54, soon to
become Channel 27 when digital TV becomes a
reality on February 7, 2009.
Next, we were able to acquire a nice older
building in Philadelphia which is complete and we’ll
soon be producing local and even international Praise
the Lord programs (wow)!
The largest acquisition was the HOLY LAND
EXPERIENCE theme park in Orlando, Florida
featuring music programs, dramas, a new children’s
section, and most important — the recreation of
Christ’s passion, crucifixion and, of course, His
resurrection! Praise the Lord! Many have accepted
Christ as a result of this realistic drama.
Please come and see the 60 foot high recreation
of Solomon’s magnificent Temple
and its new VR Theatre.
In the foreign field there were several major
expansions: TBN’s new satellite uplink facility in
the Philippines, the hub
for all of TBN’s broadcasts
into Asia, became
operational; TBN’s Farsi
language network, Nejat TV, is
sending a whole new channel to Iran
and is also reaching North America
via the Telstar 5 satellite; four TBN networks —TBN, Smile of a Child, The Church Channel
and JCTV — began broadcasting on the great Asia
Broadcast Satellite, which covers over half of the world’s
population; Sri Lanka is opening up via direct-to-home
receivers; the Costa Rica station has just finished its
digital conversion; viewers in Japan can now receive
TBN via IPTV — Internet Protocol Television; the
Russian prison satellite dish distribution program was
completed. Now, virtually every major prison in
Russia receives TBN-Russia! TBN-Russia also began
broadcasting to North America via the Telstar 5 satellite.
In the Solomon Islands, we completed our station which
reaches the capital city of Honiara; and in Tanzania, East
Africa several new stations began construction!
On the home front, the news was just as thrilling!
Three full power digital stations signed on in Phoenix,
AZ; Harlingen, TX; and Ft. Pierce, FL. This completes
our compliance with the FCC mandated switchover to
digital broadcast format for 31 of our TBN owned and
affiliated stations! The FCC also granted TBN 125 low
power digital channels throughout the U.S., which we
will begin building this year! Oh, I could go on and on,
but the precious testimonies we receive, like the one
below, are the greatest joy—
“THANK YOU TBN FAMILY, when I was down and
out and deeply tormented, severely depressed, no money
to phone anyone or go anywhere TBN was on…. I had
NO HOPE, TBN gave me a fresh word…that has kept me
going ever since. Only God knows how much TBN has
blessed me & my family…. TBN, I would have committed
suicide had it not been for you. I LOVE YOU ALL SO
MUCH. I WON’T STOP GIVING FOR WHAT YOU
GIVE TO ME IS PRICELESS.”
The JCTV, all youth network, grew by leaps and
bounds! The young people love it, especially those in
foreign countries. A precious 13-year old girl in Jeddah,
Saudi Arabia recently wrote: “I love JCTV. When I turn
on the TV the first channel I go to is JCTV. It is…
awesome. Anyone who sees this channel will know that
Christianity is fun.” Jan has worked hard to take her
Smile of a Child children’s network around the world.
Just read a sweet letter she received from a 4-year old in
Algeria: “hy iam from Algeria. i have 04 years i love lot
smile of a child.”
But I feel the most important report I can give comes
from TBN’s Prayer Partner department. Again, this is
only the tip of the iceberg, since many do not call or
write, but our staff logged 4,659 new souls in 2007 who
have received Jesus as Savior. This does not count the
foreign number or the many recorded by the various TBN
programmers worldwide! The grand total of all
salvations stands at 36,606,554! Hallelujah!
Dear partners, most of you cannot go to a foreign
country to be that laborer that Jesus prayed for and asks
us to pray for. But through TBN, with over 12,000
affiliates, plus 64 satellite footprints, YOU ARE one of
those laborers Jesus asked us to pray for! God bless you!
Yes, the Harvest truly is plenteous — but with
satellite and TV, together we are MANY! Jan and I love
you more and more with each passing year. Without you
we could not do it!
WELCOME TO THE HARVEST DEAR PARTNER
AND FELLOW LABORER!