"He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will
establish the throne of his kingdom forever" (2 Samuel 7:13 NIV).
Yes, dear Partners, TBN continues to build and expand YOUR television network so we can do exactly that: help establish "his kingdom forever" by propagating the Gospel of Christ around the world!
The next city to receive Christian television 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is Columbus, Ohio. We have come to terms and agreed to purchase TV station WSFJ Channel 51 in Newark/Columbus! Together with TBN's other full power stations located in Cleveland/Canton and Cincinnati, we'll have the entire state of Ohio blanketed with the Good News of Jesus Christ! The Columbus station will add almost one million new homes to our already established distribution base of 93 million homes throughout the United States. To God be the glory!
It's very interesting to me that after 34 years of full-time ministry (we're now entering into our 35th year), Columbus, Ohio will be our 34th full power station. That averages out to one new station a year in the U.S. alone! What God birthed in Los Angeles in 1973 has grown beyond comprehension. I often wonder how the children of Israel could have doubted God after witnessing His tremendous miracles as they wandered through the desert, such as the crossing of the Red Sea, the manna from heaven, the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night. In a very real sense, the history of TBN is just as miraculous! From God's supernatural call on the lives of my parents, to His virtually moving a mountain to get our signal through to a TV transmitter tower—the history of TBN is one miracle after another (for the whole story, be sure to get this month's love gift: my dad's book "Hello World" on audio CD). Through it all, God used TBN's wonderful Partners to birth a great network that now consists of 34 full power TV licenses in the U.S., distribution on over 12,000 cable systems, programming flowing through 69 satellite footprints around the world, all while streaming out 12 different program formats or languages.
TBN's powerful million watt TV transmitters in each market act just like lighthouses, proclaiming to a darkened world the good news of Christ's salvation and imminent return. Second Corinthians 4:6 says: "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." Amazingly, scientists tell us television signals are a form of non-visible light. This brings to mind the Scripture in 2 Corinthians 4:18, "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." These unseen beams of light are literally ushering people in to God's Kingdom forever. That thrills my soul to no end! Yes, TBN is truly a modern day miracle thanks to our great Partners who support this network financially and in prayer.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:20: "Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them." I am truly humbled daily as I read the letters and e-mails that come across my desk. Just today I read letters from two different individuals who wrote to tell us how they, "literally would be dead," if it weren't for this network. Both expressed that they have come back to faith in Jesus Christ and are being spiritually fed and encouraged daily. If that isn't fruit, then I don't know what is! In John 15, Jesus instructs all of His followers to be "fruit bearers." TBN is bearing great fruit by winning men, women and children into the Kingdom of God. When you support TBN, you are also being a fruit bearer and fulfilling Christ's command to His Body.
Please continue daily to pray for TBN as we now move forward to establish a new home and TV studio in Columbus, Ohio. Not only will the Central Ohio Valley be able to get TBN 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but the new station's over-the-air digital Channel 24 will offer all five TBN channels: TBN, The Church Channel, JCTV (youth network), Smile of a Child (children's programming), and Enlace USA (Spanish language programming). Those new viewers who are not familiar with TBN will now get to be a part of the greatest soul winning work that God has orchestrated to date. And we say welcome!
As we put behind us our 34th year of operation, and look forward to the acquisition of our 34th station, I leave you with these comforting words which come appropriately and divinely from Psalm 34! Verse one simply says,
"I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth."
Thank you for all that you do to support this ministry. Because of YOU, our faithful Partners, TBN will continue to bear fruit for the Kingdom and be a lighthouse beaming the Gospel message to the world!