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“Be still, and know that i am God! i will Be honored By every nation. i will Be honored throuGhout the world. the lord of heaven’s armies is here amonG us; the God of israel is our fortress.”
Psalm 46:10-11 nlt

As 2008 fades away and we look forward to a new year, this Scripture tells us what TBN is all about! For 35 years, we’ve been taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to the nations and the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is among us. Because of you, and your faithful support, TBN has exploded this past year — but with digital television we are starting a whole new ministry!

One of the most exciting additions to the TBN family this past year was the purchase of WSFJ DTV Channel 24 in Columbus, Ohio — a whole new full power digital station. This new station added one million more households to the TBN viewing audience and now the Central Valley of Ohio is blanketed with the good news of Jesus Christ! Tell your friends about this addition which makes this our 34th full power TV license here in the U.S. — but also know that new opportunities are becoming available weekly — so keep us in your prayers! In addition to Columbus, we are also building a full power station in Denver, Colorado. TBN has operated a local TV studio and low power station in that market for years, but this new full power license will guarantee coverage on all of the cable systems and improved coverage for our “over-the-air” viewers. Pray for our engineers as the transmitter and tower go up. This new lighthouse for the Gospel will represent station number 35!! Your TBN continues to explode with growth because of God’s miracles and blessing.

As many of you may already know, February 17, 2009, is a very important date for all broadcasters. It’s the day all full power TV stations switch from analog to digital. This is something we’ve been working on for almost 10 years now, and the cutoff date is upon us. For those of you who watch TBN on cable, DirecTV, The Dish Network, the Internet, Verizon FIOS or AT&T U-verse, NOTHING WILL CHANGE! TBN is not going away, or switching anything. Only those who watch “over-the-air” with an outside antenna or “rabbit ears” will be affected, and you could possibly lose reception…but also know a solution is readily available. If you don’t want to buy a new TV with a digital tuner installed, you can purchase a converter box that will allow you to tune in these new digital signals and watch on your older analog set. There is an ad in this newsletter with more information on how to obtain one of these boxes, or you can simply go to www.TBNdtv.com for more information.

The year of 2008 also saw the opening and dedication of TBN’s new high definition production facility in Manhattan! We are moving into New York City with a vengeance and this studio is the new home of WTBY-27 Digital. The studio is located at 111 East 15th Street, just a short distance from Union Square. For our TBN partners who live in that area, please stop by and say hello or take a tour — you will be impressed with the beautiful improvements we made to this historic building originally constructed in 1869. We will be producing network quality programs from this state-of-the-art facility and we hope you’ll come by and be a part.

While we officially purchased The Holy Land Experience in Orlando Florida in 2007, my mom spent most of this past year living there and supervising its rebirth. She has worked tirelessly redecorating, cleaning, improving, and adding new shows, plays, concerts, movies, and attractions. The “Smile of a Child Kid’s Adventure Land” is up and running and the “Crystal Living Waters” musical attraction operates daily. The Lord is using this facility for ministry, as we are seeing people accept Jesus as their Savior right in the park! It’s also proving to be a great place for TV production. We’ve shot dozens of specials and TV programs in the park, and the ministry taking place is being seen around the world. If you are ever in the Orlando area, please come by and bring your whole family. At the end of the day your faith will be strengthened and encouraged.

Our cable department was very busy in 2008. The way people receive television into their homes is changing rapidly. First it was wirelessly “over-the-air,” then cable and now a whole new world is emerging with IPTV, Fiber and the Internet. The phone companies are getting into the television distribution business and we are on the cutting edge of this new offering. Verizon FIOS and AT&T’s U-verse is expanding rapidly into hundreds of new cities. If you subscribe to either one of these services, you not only get our main TBN channel, but also The Church Channel, JCTV for youth, Smile of a Child for kids, and Enlace USA for our Spanish speaking partners — all five, for the price of one! We’ve added almost a million new homes primarily through these two services, and statistics show that these two services will grow dramatically over the next few years. We are keeping our eyes on all of these new technologies. Soon, you’ll even be able to watch TBN wirelessly on your cell phone (wait, isn’t that the way TV began?). It’s interesting how certain ideas come around again and become new.

TBN is truly a worldwide ministry. We receive hundreds of letters and e-mails everyday from the four corners of the earth thanking us for the programming. Lives are being changed, hearts are being touched and faith is being strengthened. Our foreign relations department reports that in 2008 we sent hundreds of satellite receivers to Egypt and the Middle East; 1,100 receivers went to Sri Lanka; our Russian language programming can now be picked up in Israel; we’ve added TBN to 18,000,000 homes in India; JCTV is now available in Poland, Rwanda, Ghana and Vietnam; the Marshall Islands signed on; and a new Urdu language channel is available in Pakistan. Again, while much has been accomplished, there is much yet to do — and with your financial support and prayers, it will happen!

If 2008 was a year of “New Beginnings”…then 2009 is going to be even better! As we enter this new year, let us never forget that everything we do is for God’s glory, to whom all the honor is due, and not ours. January is the time to represent and remember, “First Fruits.” Everything we have was given to us by God, and to honor the Lord we should sow our first fruits. It says in Exodus 23:19 (KJV), “The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God….” It goes on to say in verse 20, “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.”

If we will honor God with our first fruits, He promises to send an Angel before us! This is an order directly from the Lord and something to which all of us should pay attention. Sow your gift today into TBN’s ministry. We promise to use it wisely and to continue to take the good news of Jesus Christ around the world.


This past year has seen many improvements to the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, FL—including a life-changing presentation of the passion, death, burial and glorious resurrection of Jesus!

A very special highlight of 2008 for Jan was visiting the new Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In 2008 we welcomed TBN full power station #34—WSFJ DTV Channel 24 in Columbus, OH!

Last year Jan was delighted to be able to visit Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida which was founded by her father, Rev. Edgar Bethany, in 1935.

TBN’s Manhattan, NY high definition production facility— and home of WTBY DTV Ch. 27—came on line last year. Dino and Cheryl Kartsonakis were among the very first to produce programs in the new studio.