"Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy GOD…for He hath glorified thee”! Isa. 55:5
Beloved partners: Who would have ever dreamed of a day when whole nations would come running to us, the church of the living God?! But, they are, and I’ll tell you why in just a minute or two.
What a glorious change from my parents’ day and the previous generation of our forefathers. My parents and grandparents went to Egypt in the early 20th century. They had to run to the nation with the word of God by planting churches, holding revival meetings, starting Bible schools, and birthing orphanages. It was hard, grueling work. Many gave their lives running to bring the Gospel to lost and blinded souls. My own cousin Rachel Crouch died from a smallpox epidemic. Her little body is buried in the desert sands of Egypt. I nearly died on the trip home from Egypt. Our ocean liner had to make an emergency stop in Genoa, Italy, where I hovered between life and death for 30 days. Bacillary dysentery is the killer kind, and the war had broken out with Italy and Germany! The only medicine had to come from Switzerland and this special serum was not available. I was only five years old, so my precious father and mother had to trust in God alone. I could write another book how the Italian government forced us to leave — we were Americans — we were the enemy! But, God in His great mercy spared my life and the rest is history.
So, why tell you all of this? The trials and tribulations of previous generations who had to go through 30 days of seasickness on an old ocean liner, and as I said, many of those pioneer missionaries, like David Livingston, never made it home. Their graves in the nations around the world are a testimony of how they ran to the nations with the Good News simply because Jesus said to “Go”!
But, dear, dear partners: we have entered into a glorious NEW DAY! Isaiah saw it, though he probably did not understand it. Yes, the day he saw and recorded is here! Glory be to God most High —
“Nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God.” Isa. 55:5
The “latter rain” prophesied in Joel 2 is falling. Precious souls around the world are running to us—the church of the living God!
As I write this letter I am having dinner tonight with a precious former Moslem man — son of one of the founders of Hamas, the notorious Palestinian terrorist group in Israel. He was featured on a Fox News special and told of his miraculous conversion to Christ. The key to his new faith was simply the words of Jesus, “Love your enemies”! Oh, the power of the plain, simple word of our God! Praise the Lord!
It has been reported that over 16,000 people a day in the Middle East alone are turning from false religions to serve the living Christ! Testimonies abound from
precious Arab believers that Jesus actually appeared to them in visions and dreams!
OH, PRAISE GOD —
THEY ARE RUNNING TO US!
Dear partners, God is also honoring our investment in those 70 satellite footprints all over the world. Thousands of testimonies by email, regular mail and phone calls confi rm the fact that multitudes are RUNNING! On our own TBN website alone we get an average of 28 million visits a month — many asking for Bibles and more information about our Christian faith! Praise God again! Some days I cry out to God, “Help us! Show us how to respond to this fl ood of humanity, burned out on the horror of false demonic religions and seeking ‘the way, the truth and the life!’” What a joy to point them to that “only name under heaven whereby we must be saved.” Oh say it with me: JESUS, JESUS, JESUS! My tears flow and my heart burns for the lost sheep that are truly running to the Light!
Earlier I said I would tell you why I believe we are seeing this awesome harvest of souls — Joel’s prophecy is the answer:
“Rejoice in the LORD your God: For he hath given you the former rain moderately, but he will cause to come down for you…the latter rain in the first month.” Joel 2:23
We know the former rain was the day of Pentecost— the apostle Peter confi rms this. But, blessed partners, I say to you by the word of the Lord, WE ARE IN THE
LATTER RAIN! Joel goes on to say that the Holy Spirit will fi nally be poured out upon ALL FLESH!
Remember the sweet, old hymn, “Mercy drops round us are falling, but for the showers we plead”? Well, say it with me: OH GOD, LET THE SHOWERS COME! They are here, praise God; now, let’s ask for the TSUNAMI! Glory, glory to our God most High— it is happening and YOUR TBN is in the middle of it!
Normally, I try to give you the glorious new growth of TBN in my January newsletter, but statistics are often dry and boring, but let me at least give you the bottom
line of the most awesome growth of TBN in the last 36 years.
We shouted and danced back in 1973 and 1974 with one little station, which we believed would become a TV network. Well, 36 years later we have 9 separate networks with footprints covering the whole world: TBN; The Church Channel; JCTV youth channel; Smile of a Child— Jan’s network for children; Enlace USA, the Spanish language network; plus our foreign networks: The Healing Channel Arabic language network; TBN Nejat TV in Farsi; TBN Italy; TBN Europe; as well as several programs subtitled in German, French, Hungarian, Urdu and Chinese.
Finally, with Cablevision and Time Warner Cable, our New York station now reaches ALL of greater New York/New Jersey! After 25 years of prayer and agony!
Our new station in Denver reaches 1.5 million new households, and as of the fi rst quarter of 2010, TBN and The Church Channel will be on the Dish Network
(14 million new homes) — both TBN and The Church Channel are already on DirecTV.
Overseas, all Russian prisons are seeing Russian language Christian TV 24/7. Now, we are placing dishes in all Russian orphanages!
Dishes are pouring into Egypt, India, Sri Lanka and other Middle East nations — plus our American prisons!
Dear partners, I have only scratched the surface of the overwhelming growth of your TBN! But, we cannot and will not rest until every soul on planet earth can at least hear the Gospel of salvation! Jan and I are overwhelmed. I am keeping the networks humming — Jan is doing an amazing work in Orlando with The Holy Land Experience theme park. Up to 2,000 souls a day pour through this great soul saving station! BUT, we still need YOU! We, together, are bringing in our part of this amazing harvest— will you help us? Our arms grow heavy at times, but we know you are there — we love you more than words can express as we see the finish line in view.
Yes, they are running and together we are catching them in Jesus’ Name!