To The Whole Wide World!
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then said I, here am I; send me.” — (Isaiah 6:8 KJV)
“Why did we come to Italy? Why did we come to the U.K.? Why did we come to Europe? Why did we go to Africa? Let me tell you why . . . we have been commissioned just as Isaiah was commissioned.” — Paul Crouch: Behind the Scenes June 2013.
“Whom shall I send. . . . ?” is God’s question to His Church as we are challenged with the greatest need – and the greatest opportunity – to take the Gospel to the nations of the world. Over the past 41 years you, our precious TBN family of partners, have helped answer this call. Together, we have taken the name of Jesus around the globe as new TV stations, cable systems, direct-to-home satellites, iTBN video-on-demand, and TBN mobile now blanket the earth, 365 days a year, 24/7, with the message of His love. Today, the TBN Family of Networks is comprised of 28 affiliate networks – and growing– as we continue working to fulfill the deepest desire of God’s heart for, “all men [humanity] to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4 NKJV).
Over the past months Matt, Laurie, and the TBN team visited the countries where TBN has planted “seeds” in the form of new stations, studios, satellite dish distribution, and satellite uplink facilities that are broadcasting the message of Jesus on a scale never before imagined. On a recent missions’ trip they visited TBN stations, as well as met with new international ministries that have caught the vision and are working to reach their own nations with the Gospel. The team returned with glorious reports on what God is doing around the world because of the love, prayers, and support of you, our faithful partners.
“The partners in America started TBN and we were able, because of their support of the vision and love, to expand beyond the borders of the United States. There aren’t seeds there anymore . . . there are full blown trees and they are in full bloom with fruit.” – Matt Crouch
SPAIN: The team’s first stop was Spain where revival is in the air at TBN’s Madrid studios! Last year we acquired seven full power television stations that blanket Madrid and the surrounding cities of Alcalá de Henares, Móstoles, Fuenlabrada, Murcia, Cartagena, and Lorca. Together with satellite coverage, the entire nation of Spain – over 47 million souls – is being reached with the Gospel. Also, last year the Madrid station was changed over to digital broadcasting format. New high definition cameras, switchers, and other equipment was purchased, and a beautiful new set was built. The Madrid studio now produces a daily, live Praise the Lord program in the Castilian-Spanish language that is impacting hearts and lives across the country with people being saved, healed, and delivered!
LONDON: From Spain, the team traveled to England and visited the Trinity Christian Center of London studios. Most of the renovations are finished and the main studio is now being used to produce local and international Praise programs. TBN’s Al-Horreya Arabic language network, and TBN Nejat TV Farsi language network will also be using this strategically located studio to produce programs for the Middle East.
While in London, Matt and Laurie taped Praise with special guests, Pastor Nicky Lee of Holy Trinity Brompton church, one of the fastest growing congregations in England, and Pastor Gary Clark of Hillsong London, the largest Charismatic church in England among young adults. Matt observed, “[Today] London is the brightest Christian ‘bulb’ in Great Britain. Ten years ago, it would have been the opposite of that. There’s really something happening here.”
GERMANY: The group traveled to Hamburg, Cologne, and Bonn Germany for meetings with a ministry new to TBN called Bibel TV. Started in 2002 by businessman, Norman Rentrop, Bibel TV is Germany’s first Christian television channel and broadcasts throughout Germany and Europe, reaching about 32 million households. The team met with Mr. Rentrop and other Bibel TV staff members to talk about possible ways of partnering with TBN in the future. Please pray for this very dedicated group of Believers who have a burden to reach their nation and Europe for Jesus.
POLAND: In this country of about 38 million people, less than two percent of Poland’s population are evangelical Christians. In fact, there are more evangelical Christians in Saudi Arabia than in all of Poland! The team met up with a group of pastors and other Polish Christian leaders who have a burden to reach their nation. Please hold them up in prayer as they work to create a Christian television network that will proclaim the name of Jesus across Poland.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA: While TBN covers much of Russia via cable systems and direct-to-home satellite dishes, the team reports that new opportunities are on the horizon. While in Moscow they met up with Valeri and Kateryna Rukovichkin of LIFE-TV Estonia, a member of the TBN Family of Networks that broadcasts into Russia and Ukraine, and Stas Namin – known as the “Russian Paul McCartney” – a Christian brother and well known Russian recording artist, producer and composer.
Stas and the Rukovichkins shared with Matt, Laurie, and the TBN team about new and effective ways of reaching Russia with the Gospel. Please keep Russia in your prayers!
ISTANBUL, TURKEY: The team was joined in Istanbul by Pastor Reza Safa, head of TBN’s Farsi language network TBN Nejat TV, which broadcasts to Iran and other Farsi speaking parts of the world. Pastor Reza shared that there is a great move of the Lord in Iran and many Iranians are becoming Christians, but because of the intensity of the persecution in Iran, some are fleeing to Turkey. The good news is: Christian television is bringing the Gospel back to Turkey. Please pray for the nation of Turkey – and for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Iran and other parts of the world.
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL: Renovations continue on TBN’s production studio located on Mt. Givat Hananya, which in Hebrew means the “Hill of Grace.” Matt and Laurie taped a glorious Praise program with Pastor Joseph Prince on the studio balcony overlooking Mt. Zion, Mt. Moriah, and the Mt. of Olives. Once completed, the Jerusalem studio will be used for producing Christian television programs that will be aired around the world.
NEW DELHI, INDIA: For several years, TBN has placed thousands of satellite receiving dishes in villages, churches, orphanages, and homes in India. While in New Delhi, Matt, Laurie and the team met with Christian leaders to find ways of expanding TBN’s coverage there. Much prayer and wisdom is needed to reach this culturally diverse nation of more than 1.2 billion people, with over 700 languages.
HONG KONG: In Hong Kong the team met with members of Creation TV to discuss possible ways of partnering with them. Started in 2004, Creation TV produces and airs Mandarin language programs that reach 1.7 million households with the Gospel in Hong Kong. They have recently produced several Christian-themed/faith content motion pictures and have received permission from the Chinese government to play these movies in 3,000 theaters throughout Mainland China.
TAIPEI, TAIWAN: The team’s final stop was in Taipei. There they met with representatives of Good TV, a Christian network that has been broadcasting in Taiwan since 1997. They discussed ways of partnering together to reach Mandarin speaking communities around the world.
So, back to the question God asks us, “Whom shall I send?” When you support TBN with your prayers and giving, you are helping to take His message of love, hope, and salvation to a lost and hurting world. Be a part of making an eternal difference in the lives of men, women, and children and help YOUR TBN reach the nations for Jesus!
The Crouch Family
Matt being interviewed at the Creation TV studios in Hong Kong.
Live Praise from TBN’s studio in Madrid with operations manager, Pablo and Leyla Vasquez.
The TBN team in front of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. Plans are underway to produce Turkish language TV programs.
The Crouches, Christian film producer Tom Newman, and Stas Namin in Red Square.
Matt and the team were warmly welcomed in New Delhi where they learned about new opportunities to expand TBN’s outreach in India.
Pastors and Christian leaders in Gdansk met with the TBN team about bringing Christian TV to Poland.
Meeting with Norman Rentrop, founder of Bibel TV in Germany
Visiting the Bibel TV studio in Hamburg.
In the Taipei offices of Good TV with CEO Tony Tseng and Sr. Vice President, Dick Yu
Matt taped a special interview with Lord Simon Reading and Graham Lacey.
Praise from London with (left to right), Pastor Mike and Kathy Hayes of Covenant Church in Carrollton, TX, Pastor Nicky Lee of Holy Trinity Brompton, and Pastor Gary Clark of Hillsong London.
Matt with Andrew Yuen of Creation TV in Hong Kong.
The team in Hamburg, Germany with (pictured center) Stephan Karl Gaatz and Beate Busch of Bibel TV.