It is with a heavy yet hopeful heart that I make my first contribution to the TBN newsletter — my first of this new season we find ourselves facing together.
Foremost, I want to thank you for the countless hand-written notes, cards, emails, and posts expressing heartfelt condolences and wishes during our time of sorrow. I can’t begin to express the comfort we’ve taken in seeing how my dad wasn’t just a part of the Crouch family, but a dear part of a global family of faithful believers united in their common vision to see the gospel spread throughout the world.
From the time of my family’s return to TBN nearly three years ago, Laurie, the boys and I had the honor and blessing of spending virtually every day with my dad. Much of this time was spent traveling outside of the United States, filing global reports as we took my sweet little daddy around the world to show him the fruit of his and my mom’s 40 years of labor. We visited place after place where he had journeyed, planting seeds years and even decades before, only to find upon his return they had blossomed into enormous fruit-bearing trees. To stand beside such a man as my dad as he was able to look around at all that had grown under his care is to truly leave one in awe of God’s faithfulness. I am reminded of the time my dad threw a large stack of praise reports into the air and exclaimed, “…the whole world is getting saved!”
From 2012: Paul, Matt and Laurie taping
Behind the Scenes from Jerusalem.
As there is a time to plant, there is a time to harvest. It now falls to all of us who are a part of dad’s family to answer the call — what are we going to do now with this fruitful legacy that has grown so ripe? And perhaps more pointedly, how?
Thankfully, I know what I’m going to do. When we were in Caesarea just over a year ago, you may have seen my dad symbolically pass his mantle with the simple words, “Run Matt, run!” And so that is what I’ll do. So many new projects dad had started before he passed: London, Jerusalem, China, an Urdu language network out of Lahore, Pakistan; Estonian and Russian language networks out of Tallinn, Estonia; a Portuguese network out of Sao Paulo, Brazil — these and many more all waiting to be completed. So many opportunities he already created to carry this new season of his vision throughout the world.
But I know this, too: his mantle wasn’t passed to me alone. It belongs to everyone who believed in and supported dad’s vision over the past 40 years. He was always the first to say he didn’t build TBN. God did. The faithfulness of his partners did. You did. I had no choice in being born into my family, no matter how grateful and humbled I am by this calling. You came of your own accord! The amazing TBN Family of Networks and its future belongs to you.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” What is your purpose in this new season? Laurie, Caylan, Cody, and myself — and the amazing team my parents have assembled — truly hope it is to allow us to labor and partner with you in carrying on my dad’s strategic mission of spreading the glory and salvation of God around the world through the most powerful form of communication we’ve ever known.
Please continue to pray for us during this season of adjustment and transition at TBN. Thank you again for your faithful partnership over the years — together, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can’t be defeated — even by death (1 Corinthians 15:54-58).
For this generation,
Matthew, Laurie, Caylan & Cody
From 2012: Matt, Paul, Laurie, Caylan and
Cody — thumbs up from Toledo, Spain.