Top: Hannu Haukka, president of Alfa TV –
the newest member of the TBN Family of Networks.
Bottom: In the studios of ALFA TV after first taping together.
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise." – Proverbs 11:30
Dad and Mom planted the seeds of Christian television all over the world, and it's amazing to see the fruit that's come out of it. This month we share the story of Finland.
– Matt and Laurie Crouch
In 1988, TBN was 15 years old, and Paul Crouch looked for every opportunity to take the gospel to the ends of the earth through television. In November of that year Paul and Jan hosted Hannu Haukka, a Finish evangelist, on Praise the Lord. Hannu had a unique opportunity to broadcast Christian programming into the Soviet Union. Paul responded immediately to the open door and "on the air" pledged financial support from TBN. Paul also spoke prophetically on the program about taking Christian television into other areas close to Hannu's heart –
"And we're going to pray for Russia and of course his homeland of Finland, and of course Sweden, Norway, and all of those countries right in that area. We want to reach them. God's not going to forget the Scandinavian area of this world. He loves them too, and He died for them too. And we're going to have the gospel and Christian television there also."
November 17, 1988
Over the next 3 years TBN gave significantly to Hannu Haukka, and there was immediate fruit — Hannu received over a million responses from programming he was able to put on the air inside the Soviet Union! But as TBN grew rapidly, and Hannu pursued his calling, we lost track of each other. We didn't expect another harvest.
FAST FORWARD to 2013
In late 2013 we were able to renew our acquaintance with Hannu Haukka. With the help of seeds planted by Paul Crouch and TBN, Hannu had built a large ministry that launched multimedia evangelism campaigns in major cities around the world and, wonder of wonders, Hannu now had a license for a broadcast television station that would cover virtually all of Finland. Hannu asked, "would TBN partner in this opportunity and help again"? We quickly agreed! Alfa TV went on the air December 1, 2013, and is part of the Trinity Family of Networks. And Hannu Haukka's vision for television stretches beyond Finland — in the words of Paul Crouch it's...
"Sweden, Norway and all of those countries right in that area."
TBN planted seeds in good ground and we've seen multiple harvests — harvests in places and at times we didn't even know about! How about you? Plant seeds (prayer, encouragement, finances) in the places God has placed you — in your home, work, church and neighborhood, and begin to look for unexpected harvests. And we'd like to ask one more thing: consider planting a financial seed in the ministry of TBN. The Trinity Family of Networks reaches vast numbers of souls with 26 great networks in 8 languages through television stations, satellite channels, cable systems, internet streaming, and video on demand! The responses of healings and salvations from around the world are amazing!
Left: Hannu and Matt at
Alfa TV's tower in Helsinki.
Below: Paul and Jan with Hannu
Haukka at his Helsinki studio in 1990.
'"The kingdoms of this world are becoming the kingdoms of our God. And he shall reign forever and ever.' God's word has to come true — the gospel will be preached in all the world!"
– Jan Crouch
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise." –Proverbs 11:30
The Crouch Family
A segment was taped in the studios of Alfa TV
for an upcoming documentary on TBN in Finland.
The staff of Alfa TV in front of their Helsinki facility.
Matt and the TBN team discuss details of
our partnership with Hannu Haukka and Alfa TV.