The article below was written by Paul in March 2013 and is reprinted from TBN's 40th Anniversary book, "The Call: 40 Years of God's Miracles."
So, how do I begin to describe these past forty years of God's indescribable miracles? As I search for words, there are simply none! Human language could not begin to express the agony and the ecstasy of this giant roller coaster ride. Ah, but many of you blessed partners know of what I speak. You have rejoiced with Jan and me — at the top when our breath was gone — seeing the glorious and dizzying heights of our world. We have screamed with delight, and sometimes terror, as we plunged down through another valley of testing and despair.
Yes, forty years ago, with one borrowed camera, a Sears shower curtain, and two folding chairs, with two hours of time on a snowy TV station we only hoped to buy — you courageous partners dared to help us name it — the Trinity Broadcasting Network!
Why God chose Jan and me for this amazing journey is known only to Him. I have concluded that the apostle Paul's description in 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 answers this question at least in part:
"But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence."
Yes, we all know and understand that this great miracle, this great TBN voice, was raised up by God alone for His glory and to send His saving grace to all the world! As I ponder these awesome forty years I am compelled to think of Moses and the forty years of wandering through the wilderness with his partners. What were his thoughts as he stood on Mount Nebo overlooking the land of promise? I cannot help but wonder
So how close are we to our promised land? On the one hand I could almost feel that we have arrived. TBN is proclaiming the gospel around the world in many languages, through 26 networks on over 85 satellite channels feeding TV stations, cable systems, and home satellite receivers, as well as reaching the Internet through streaming and video-on-demand! Who could have dreamed of an iTBN with video-on-demand? Wonder of wonders, through it many of those great souls now in heaven are still preaching and teaching the Word. Yes, even though they are dead, they still speak (Hebrews 11:4).
In one final sense I, too, stand at "Jordan's stormy banks." Will I be blessed even more than Moses who was only permitted to see the Promised Land from afar? Only God knows. But let us agree now — as long as we have life and breath — that together we will cross our stormy Jordan, and we will possess our Jerichos and lands of promise! Yes, we will continue taking territory away from the evil one until that glorious day when we all awaken in our final land of promise. Ah, Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land!
Dear partners, Jan and I will never meet many of you in this world or lifetime, but I promise you with all my heart that we will have one great TBN rally on that day "JUST INSIDE THE EASTERN GATE OVER THERE"!
We love you. Godspeed, and Maranatha!
P.S. Sing one last song with me:
I won't have to cross Jordan alone,
Jesus died all my sins to atone,
When the darkness I see,
He'll be waiting for me,
I won't have to cross Jordan alone.
Paul hosting one of TBN’s earliest Behind the Scenes programs.
Paul with his parents — Andrew and Sarah Crouch and other Crouch family members.
In 1965, Paul became the general manager of radio station KREL in Corona, CA.