"SING UNTO GOD, YE KINGDOMS OF THE EARTH; O SING PRAISES UNTO THE LORD; TO HIM THAT RIDETH UPON THE HEAVENS…WHICH WERE OF OLD; LO, HE DOTH SEND OUT HIS VOICE, AND THAT A MIGHTY VOICE"! PSA. 68:32-33
Who could have dreamed thirty-seven years ago that we were on the bank of our Red Sea and that a mighty miracle was about to open up!
Yes, every May my mind drifts back to the voice of God that spoke — to the day He moved a mountain for us! How could I ever forget that day when all seemed lost, and a $35,000 miracle walked through the door thirty minutes before the bank closed! How about two grueling FCC hearings where the licenses of TBN literally hung in the balances?!
Yes, May of 1973 was the beginning of our trek through the wilderness of this whole wide world — ah, the memories, the miracles — the hand of God again and again!
It seems May is a special month for God. How could we ever forget May 5, 2000? Our TV licenses revoked by the FCC. Now we were on Jordan's bank — floodtide. Oh God, the promised land is in view, but no way to cross over! But once again that MIGHTY VOICE SPOKE:
May 5 — Federal Court of Appeals overturns FCC decision — Jordan's floodtide opens up as we enter our promised land with rejoicing!
Yes, praise God, 35 big, full power stations cover the land, along with over 200 low power stations. Worldwide, over 20,000 stations, cable stations and 78 great satellite footprints feeding a multitude of small home satellite dishes in every nation around the globe!
YES, INDEED, A MIGHTY VOICE!
Dear partners, if we had the time and space I could recount hundreds of miracles great and small. Jan and I are a witness: every time it looked like all was lost, God was always right there, right on time, all praise and glory to His precious name!
And, now, this MIGHTY VOICE grows ever stronger. TBN is not alone: The Church Channel, JCTV youth channel, Jan's Smile of a Child channel, plus Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Farsi, Italian — all 24/7 channels — and now a full, high definition channel, for a total of 10 great TBN channels, most of which cover the whole world via our 78 great satellite footprints! Praise the Lord God Most High!
But, buckle up — there is much more to come! The vast Internet streaming channel is destined to be the greatest of all! Yes, the world of computers is becoming the TV media of the future. Even the poorest of nations are "logging on"! With literally thousands of channels available, dear old TBN could be lost in the shuffle! Therefore, more and more TBN channels are the answer. Raise your voice in praise with Jan and me: "Oh, Lord, give us more and more channels"! Say it with me: "Chinese, French, German, Swedish, and Hungarian," to name a few.
Merciful Father, there are literally thousands of languages and dialects throughout the world, but guess what? Precious believers in foreign lands are taking our satellite signals and are translating TBN into their own languages! For example, a brother in Pakistan is translating Praise the Lord into Urdu, the national language! South Africa is creating programs in some of the tribal languages like Xhosa with its unique clicking sounds! Yes, God will not leave His world without a witness. Lift your hands with me and "let's just praise the Lord"!
Ah, dear partners, do you realize that God is trusting us — this generation — with the joy of bringing in the final harvest of souls just before the great trumpet calls us up to meet, "the Lord in the air"?! It cannot be long now — with 15,000 souls a day coming out of false religions in the Middle East alone! We can only guess at the flood of souls worldwide that are coming just as the prophet declared:
"I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy…old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions." Joel 2:28
Glory be to God Most High — shout His praises — we are living in the time the prophet Joel calls the "LATTER RAIN!"
Yes, my soul is rejoicing that God is with us and is trusting you and me with this glorious final harvest! And, yet, there is a check in my spirit. Some of you, my precious partners, are facing your "Red Sea," your "Jordan River." Oh, dear one, you are not alone! All of us at TBN are with you — we are only one click of your TV away! Write Jan and me — plant your precious seed — we will be your prayer partner until victory comes to YOU! Hallelujah!
So, for the 37th time, let's all say: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY TBN." This could be our last one, but until then we will together send out His voice —
"AND THAT A MIGHTY VOICE"
Jan and I love you, now, 37 years long and strong!