Top: BEHIND THE SCENES 2013. Dr. Paul Crouch with
Pastor Javed Rauf,
Bottom: JCTV – PAKISTAN STAFF MEMBERS
A Light Will Shine...
"The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in
a land of deep darkness, a light will shine."
– Isaiah 9:2 NLT
"The fact that we are able to have Christian
television in Pakistan is a miracle of miracles."
— Paul Crouch: Behind the Scenes June 2013
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a nation of about
190 million people. Over 96 percent of its population is
Muslim and only about 2 percent are Christian. According
to a January 14, 2014, report by the Pew Research Center
Pakistan has, "the highest level of social hostilities
involving religion" in the world. It is one of the most
antagonistic regions on earth to the Gospel. Christians
are frequently the target of hostilities by religious
extremists and endure many forms of persecution
ranging from discrimination in jobs, education, and
housing to violent mob attacks, destruction of churches,
homes, personal property, and imprisonment. Many
have paid the cost for serving Jesus with their lives.
Yet in this spiritually dark place, God raised up a light
to reach the nation with the message of His love.
While in prayer in 2002, Pastor Javed Rauf of River
of God Ministries in Lahore, Pakistan was inspired by
the Holy Spirit to start Jesus Christ Television — the
JCTV-Pakistan television network — Pakistan’s first
Christian television channel to broadcast 24/7 in
the Urdu language. Pastor Javed was driven by a
burden to reach the people of Pakistan with the Good
News of Jesus, "We know the power of God. God
loves this nation. I believe that the whole nation can
be saved. 190 million people can be saved by the grace
of God and the love of God."
April 4, 2004, marked JCTV-Pakistan’s first broadcast
on a cable system that reached a small Christian area of
Lahore. The new network’s beginnings were humble
and they faced many hardships. In 2008 their studios
were vandalized by religious extremists who destroyed
cameras and television equipment. Through the help
of TBN’s partners, the equipment was replaced and
JCTV-Pakistan was quickly back on the air. Last year,
after an entire Christian neighborhood—200 homes—
was burned down, three JCTV-Pakistan production
staff members were arrested and jailed for several days
because they covered a protest march by the Christians
in the area. Pastor Javed shared, "It seems very difficult
and sometimes impossible to preach in a place where
there is no supporting environment for Christianity . . . .
I experienced that it is the most
daring decision to preach in a
place like the Islamic Republic
of Pakistan. I strongly believe
when the Holy Spirit tells you
to go and preach, no hurdles
and obstacles can stand before
you. I have personal experience
when the Holy Spirit told me to
start Jesus Christ Television in
Pakistan. It seemed impossible,
but not for our Heavenly Father."
Eventually, JCTV-Pakistan was
added to two more cable systems,
which enabled them to cover about
5 million people in two major cities.
Pastor Javed did not give up on the
vision and calling that the Lord gave
him to reach all of Pakistan, but in
order for that to happen he needed a
second satellite uplink. The problem:
JCTV-Pakistan did not have the resources
to pay for any more satellite time.
In June of 2013, Pastor Javed traveled to the U.S for a
meeting with Dr. Crouch and Matt. During an interview
with Dr. Crouch on a Behind the Scenes program, he
spoke about the opportunity to cover the entire nation
of Pakistan with the Gospel. Dr. Crouch's response was,
"How can we say no to an open door of opportunity
. . . and even more so in Pakistan."
Then he asked TBN’s partners
if they would support this
new ministry endeavor. The vote
was an overwhelming "yes"
as our partners agreed in faith
and phoned in their pledges
to support buying air time on
the ABS-1 satellite for JCTVPakistan.
Pastor Javed returned
to Pakistan with the great
news, and in November JCTVPakistan,
part of the Trinity Family
of Networks, marked its launch
on ABS-1 with a glorious time of
celebration and praise.
"We have heard news of the
tremendous persecution of Christians
in this officially Muslim nation, and
yet miraculously, we’re seeing an
amazing expansion of Christian TV in
Pakistan. We’re excited to partner in this
important outreach and witness the harvest
God brings out of it." — Matt Crouch
Because of the support of TBN and its partners,
JCTV-Pakistan now covers not only all of Pakistan, but
the entire Indian sub-continent and parts of Africa
and Europe as well. That's important because there
are 300 million Urdu/Hindi language speakers in
India and millions more in Afghanistan, Bangladesh,
Iran, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. All
together that's more than half a BILLION people now
able to receive 24/7 Christian programming in their
own language. Pastor Javed reports “the Holy Spirit
has done a great work,” as JCTV-Pakistan receives
numerous calls and emails from viewers in Pakistan,
India, and different parts of the Middle East whose
lives have been changed forever because of Jesus.
Please remember to cover Pastor Javed and
the team at JCTV-Pakistan in prayer. Let’s agree
in faith with them that not only Pakistan, but
all of the nations of the Middle East will be
changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Also, please remember to send in your love
gift and pledge to TBN. The Trinity Family of
Networks reaches vast numbers of souls with 28
great networks in 10 languages through television
stations, satellite channels, cable systems, internet
streaming and video on demand! It is because of your
faithful support and partnership with TBN that we are
able to expand and reach the world with God’s message
of love and salvation.
The Crouch Family
Matt with Pastor Javed.
Javed Rauf and his
father, Dr. Rauf Sabir,
presenting a plaque
to Senator Kamran
Ports & Shipping.
Praise and worship — along with
fireworks and confetti — marked the
festivities as JCTV-Pakistan joyfully
celebrated its launch on the ABS-1
satellite this past November.
Pastor Javed Rauf
in Lahore — Pakistan's
second largest city.