"THOUGH ALL THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD ATTACK ME, I WILL MARCH OUT BEHIND HIS BANNER AND DESTROY THEM…YOU DID YOUR BEST TO KILL ME, O MY ENEMY, BUT THE LORD HELPED ME. HE IS MY STRENGTH AND SONG IN THE HEAT OF BATTLE, AND NOW HE HAS GIVEN ME THE VICTORY!"Psalms 118:10, 13 TLB
Praise the Lord! As usual, the evil one has shot himself in his own foot! While we still grieve for the precious victims and loved ones of September 11, it is clear that God is opening a door because of it that, perhaps, nothing else could have. As with any other great tragedy, it seems we can always remember exactly where we were and what we were doing. I was packed and on my way to Israel with a group of our TBN Partners. The tour was, of course cancelled, but like you I cried out to the Lord —"WHY?" If ever I heard the voice of God I heard it that day —He spoke Psalm 76:10: "Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee…." The next word was even more electric! "I will use this terror to break open the door of the Moslem nations!"
We have already seen the first crack in that door as hundreds of letters and E-mails have poured in from all over the Middle East. Ah, the wisdom and knowledge of our God in giving us a DBS satellite covering Europe and the Moslem nations of the Middle East several months before the tragedy of 9-11. Many E-mails are asking for Bibles and information about our Christian faith, but one very recently touched my heart deeply. It was from a 25 year old young man in Tunisia, next to Egypt. I paraphrase slightly since his English was a bit imperfect.
"I see you TBN talk of this Jesus religion. I want to know how become Christian."
But the part that broke my heart was his next question:
"If I become Christian in my home (Tunisia) people will neglect me. [He meant, "persecute me."] So should I leave Tunisia to become Christian?"
Dear God, how do I answer such a cry from an honest soul seeking the knowledge of Jesus Christ? Of course, we sent him the simple steps to salvation with a prayer that God and the holy angels will protect him; but, oh, the price that many will pay to openly confess the Lord Jesus in these godless, hostile regions of the world!
The door opened another crack as I met last May with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State in Washington. Ms. Patricia Harris was very aware of TBN and her secretary was a full-fledged TBN Partner! What a wonder to see the Lord leading the way for his simple little children! Surely, "God hath chosen foolish things to confound the wise." Secretary Harris pledged to assist us in making contact with the new Afghanistan authorities, getting us visas for entry, helping with appointments with the new President, Hamid Karzai, as well as the TV and communications directors, etc. Jan wants to acquire a building for a hospital through her "Smile of a Child" ministry. Of course, I boldly proclaimed our desire to build Christian TV stations in this Moslem stronghold!
Dear Partners, why not ask for the moon? The Word declares, "Ask largely, that your joy may be full!" Didn't Jesus command us to "GO INTO ALL THE WORLD"? So, what are we waiting for – LET'S GO, GO, GO, in Jesus' name!
At this point, I do not even know the extent or exactly what the need will be, but I am directing our accounting department to establish a "MIDDLE EASTERN FUND," which will
help us send the Gospel into this previously CLOSED REGION of the world. Our European satellite is reaching some,
and we were thrilled to get a few E-mails already from Afghanistan, but to really reach the masses of this war-torn nation we need plain old TV stations! Please pray that the love we have for all of the people of the Middle East will be seen. Help us with a special love gift as the Lord directs.
As I write this letter I am in Amsterdam, Holland. I have just spoken to a great convention of Christian leaders from all over Europe. What a joy to see hands raised all over the auditorium of dear Partners who are watching TBN via satellite. Five different satellites cover Europe and the Middle East in the different formats. Technology is changing fast, so we have to broadcast in analog (the old traditional way) and digital (the newer technology). We have learned that different countries have their own "platforms," as they call them, so we have added the Italian digital, and the Norwegian digital platforms – with even more platforms needed for Germany, France, and on and on! Dear Lord, will the battle never end? Well, of course, it will – when the TRUMP OF GOD will sound! Praise God! What glory awaits all who have joined in sending this Gospel to the ends of the earth! On that day language will be no problem as we rise to meet HIM from every tribe, tongue, and nation! Yes, as I have said so often – multitudes will arise to call YOU BLESSED for sending them the GOOD NEWS of Jesus and His love!
From Amsterdam, Jan and I travel on to St. Petersburg, Russia. Praise God, our first Russian TV station is still on the air, and now we have purchased our own TV studio and, with Russian partners, we are translating many TBN programs and sending them to over 50 cities and TV stations all across Russia! Praise the Lord! Pastor Igor Nikitin has helped establish a telephone prayer partner center where Russian souls may call in for prayer and to receive Jesus as Savior.
But the other good news is I have been invited to meet the Mayor of St. Petersburg, Mr. Vladimir Yakolev, to plan a great evangelistic crusade next year to celebrate St. Petersburg's 300th anniversary as a city. The mayor remembered the great crusades we held in 1990, '91, and '92, as Communism fell. For three years, we filled the great Olympic Auditoriums in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Kiev. Jan and I, with Dino, Jeff Fenholt, The Power Teams, and many others gave testimony to the true and living God who Communism had said for 70 years did not exist!
Pray for us as we plan the events and dates for this great event, and pray about going with Jan and me! It will be in June next near and we would love to take about 200 partners to help as altar workers and, of course, we'll see all the great historic sites, with probably a stop or two in London, and maybe Madrid to see our TV station there! Drop a note and ask for the free brochure that will be ready soon.
And finally, pray for us as we move on to Egypt to meet with many pastors and Christian leaders for a future TBN rally in Cairo. Most of Egypt is watching on Hot Bird 5, our satellite over Europe. Over a year ago, Jan and I visited Cairo and were amazed to greet many watching TBN. As we looked, it was evident by the virtual forest of little dishes on all the homes and apartments!
Ah, dear Partners, IS IT HARVEST TIME? In the spirit, I can hear your thunderous reply! Yes, Jesus Himself said it best:
SAY NOT THERE ARE YET FOUR MONTHS AND THEN COMETH HARVEST… I SAY, LIFT UP YOUR EYES AND LOOK…FOR THEY ARE WHITE ALREADY TO HARVEST." John 4:35
But then comes this awesome promise from the Lord—tell this to the critics who say we cannot give to God expecting to receive a blessing—yes, even the "desires of our hearts," as the scriptures declare!
"AND HE THAT REAPETH RECEIVETH WAGES: THAT BOTH HE THAT SOWETH AND HE THAT REAPETH MAY REJOICE TOGETHER."John 4:36
And then, just to make sure that no one is left out, Jesus gave a whole list of rewards in Matthew 10:40-42
"AND WHOSOEVER SHALL GIVE TO DRINK UNTO ONE OF THESE LITTLE ONES A CUP OF COLD WATER ONLY…HE SHALL IN NO WISE LOSE HIS REWARD!"Matthew 10:42
And finally, to utterly destroy the heresy hunters' argument that this means only the rewards we will receive in Heaven, Jesus said:
"NO MAN THAT HATH LEFT HOUSE, OR BRETHREN…OR LANDS, FOR MY SAKE AND THE GOSPEL'S BUT HE SHALL RECEIVE AN HUNDREDFOLD, NOW IN THIS TIME, HOUSES, AND LANDS…."Mark 10:29, 30
Yes, as I have said a thousand times, "The heresy hunters have reached me too late!" Most of we TBN Partners have proved God's laws of giving and receiving! Even the Apostle Paul alluded to it in his letter to the Philippians:
"NO CHURCH COMMUNICATED WITH ME AS CONCERNING GIVING AND RECEIVING BUT YE ONLY."Philippians 4:15
So, dear Partners, SHALL WE GO TO AFGHANISTAN? To Russia again? To Egypt and the ENDS OF THE EARTH? Oh, I know your answer! You, the precious heart of TBN, have gone with Jan and me to the ends of the earth, lo these 29 awesome years! And I have complete confidence that you will go with us the rest of the way! But remember, as you go and as you give, EXPECT God to meet your need – claim your healing, get ready for that blessing you have been desiring. Remember His promise:
"SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU!"
God bless you, our most precious TBN family. Jan and I love you and bless you in that Name above all names! Yes, "Thou shall call His name JESUS, for He shall save His people from their sins."
Every day lives are being changed because YOUR TBN is ON THE AIR! Richard Flemming, Managing Director of TBN Europe, shared some of the awesome testimonies.
We met TBN Europe representatives, Richard & Pauline Flemming and Railyn & Greg Duncan. TBN Europe broadcasts an analogue signal on the Eutelsat "Hot Bird 5" satellite, and a digital signal on the Eutelsat Eurobird satellite. Both reach Europe, the Middle
While in Washington, I had the
honor of meeting the U. S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Patricia Harrison. She pledged to assist us in making
contacts and appointments in Afghanistan to discuss building TV stations
This is the hour to PRAY for world leaders, nations, and more open doors for YOUR TBN! Pictured is Afghan Interim Chairman Hamid Karzai as he greeted U.S. soldiers at Bagram Airfield, AFGHANISTAN. The door is open a crack in Afghanistan – we have received
We have been invited by the Mayor of St. Petersburg, Vladimir Yakolev, to be a part of St. Petersburg's 300th anniversary celebration, and hold a great evangelistic rally! It will take place in July 2003, and we would love to take about 200 partners to he
After visiting Amsterdam, Jan and I traveled on to St. Petersburg, Russia. Channel 40 St. Petersburg, our first Russian TV station, is still on the air, and now we have purchased our own TV studio. With Russian partners, we are translating many TBN progra
We stopped at the TBNE (Italy) station in Marnate in northern Italy, where Chuck & Nora Hall were hosting the Praise-A-Thon® for Italy. TBNE broadcasts on numerous stations throughout Italy, and is carried on the Eutelsat "Hot Bird 3" satellite, reaching E