"ALL THE KINGS OF THE EARTH SHALL PRAISE THEE, O LORD, WHEN THEY HEAR THE WORDS OF THY MOUTH."Psa. 138:4
One billion, three hundred million souls — and most have never had a clear presentation of the GOOD NEWS!
So right here is our next really BIG assignment from the Lord!
I know many of you, my angel Partners, were praying — some fasting and praying — as I left for China last July. Jan had meant to go, but was prevented by her illness and surgery. Horrific warfare was surely going on in the heavenlies as I have never felt such resistance, heaviness, and spiritual warfare raging in my very soul!
And yes, I know the question burning in your souls — "What was accomplished?" "Did we close the deal?" "Is Christian television coming to China?"
Well, I can tell you at least this much: we are a giant step closer to the goal we have been praying for! Let me try to explain.
I met with seven of the top ministers of government, all of whom received me most cordially. All had been thoroughly briefed on my visit in 2000 as well as my three meetings with the ambassador in Washington, D.C. In fact, Ambassador Li Zhaoxing has been promoted to Foreign Minister, the equivalent of our Secretary of State! Yes, Minister Li is now the "Colin Powell" of China! This meeting was that of a dear old friend who, you may remember, had asked me many questions about Jesus Christ, and how they could combat the Falun Gong false religious cult. While Minister Li will not be in the direct final decision making for our TV project, he promised to be our strong advocate to those ministries who will decide!
So who will decide, and when? Well, at least I know who, if not exactly when! The Minister of TV and Broadcasting was my first meeting, and Minister Xu Guangchun is one of the three keys. He would be the equivalent of our chairman of the FCC. He promised me strong and positive consideration as he meets with two of his colleagues — they are Minister Zhao Qizheng of the State Information Council, and Minister Ye Xiaowen of the State Bureau of Religious Affairs.
I give you these esteemed ministers' names so that you may lift them to our heavenly Father in prayer! They promised that we would not wait another three years, but would give us a decision soon.
The first step would give us what they call "landing rights" into the hotels, embassies, foreign compounds, churches, etc. Of course, our ultimate goal will be every TV household in all of China — claim it with Jan and me and all of TBN in Jesus' name!
Actually, I learned with great amazement that the little DBS dishes are pouring in from Hong Kong into the Mainland! A Wall Street Journal article recently estimates that over 42 million homes have the little "direct-to-home" small satellite dishes! This translates into about 200 million souls who are able to tune into TBN now!
In fact, just the day before I left for China I got this e-mail:
"WE LIVE IN SHANGHAI, CHINA AND WATCH TBN EVERYDAY VIA SATELLITE CONNECTION. WE ARE INTERESTED IN GETTING THE BILLY GRAHAM CLASSICS."
WOW! Shanghai is the second largest city in China and is hundreds of miles north of Hong Kong! And, as I have told you before, Benny Hinn was in Hong Kong a year or so ago and told me — "Paul, virtually everyone at my crusade was watching TBN!"
Ah, dear Partners, REJOICE, REJOICE! Jesus said it — "THIS GOSPEL SHALL BE PREACHED…."!Do we doubt it?NEVER! We see this glorious GOOD NEWS flooding Asia now with the rest of the world! Another 200 dishes and receivers have gone to India — this makes nearly 800 cable stations broadcasting TBN to millions of precious Indian souls! Praise the Lord! Indonesia is sending letters and e-mails, along with Burma, Ceylon, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, plus the Pacific Islands too numerous to mention!
Dear, dear Partners: North and South America are covered, Europe is covered, Africa is nearly covered, and now Asia — dear Father in heaven — pray it with me: "Give us all of Asia according to your word. Yes, Lord, we WILL take YOUR Gospel to the last great region of your world, where multitudes still wait to hear that NAME! Yes, that Name that is above every name — at whose Name every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that HE IS LORD! Amen!"
God bless, honor, and prosper you, our dearest and most precious Partners. Jan and I can never find adequate words to express our love and appreciation for over 30 years of faithful support. We could have done little or nothing without YOU! TBN, yes, belongs to God first and foremost; but it also belongs to you and all of us to use as a mighty offensive weapon against the powers of darkness.
As I said at the beginning of this letter, I have never felt or experienced such warfare in my body and soul. Dear Jan has taken on the evil powers of Haiti and we see how she has been attacked! Keep praying, but the news is good! Jan is up, even back to work, directing the programming for the whole network! She is also driven by God to get that hospital finished in Haiti — the clinic is done and the hospital foundation is laid!
I will not rest until China and all Asia is covered — please pray for physical strength for all at TBN. The battles grow ever more intense, but we know that ultimate victory is assured! Amen? Amen!
"FOR THIS CAUSE HAVE I RAISED THEE UP, FOR TO SHOW IN THEE MY POWER; THAT MY NAME MAY BE DECLARED THROUGHOUT ALL THE EARTH." (Ex. 9:16)
Let's not build walls - let's build BRIDGES of friendship with the 1.3 BILLION people of China!
It was great to see my good friend, the former Chinese ambassador to the United States, Mr. Li Zhaoxing. Mr. Li is now China's Minister of Foreign Affairs, which is the equivalent of the U.S. Secretary of State. He has promised to be an advocate for TBN's efforts in China.