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China Victory - I   >>
"I WILL SPEAK OF THY TESTIMONIES ALSO BEFORE KINGS,AND WILL NOT BE ASHAMED." Psa. 119:46

Praise the Lord! We are half way there! Yes, China victory number one!

Let me explain — all of you faithful TBN Partners were praying for me as I went to Beijing last July to meet with seven top ministers of government, seeking what they call "landing rights" to bring TBN into China. How I thank you for those prayers — some of you fasted and prayed! I knew when I went that our answer would probably come in two phases. That, dear Partners, is exactly what is happening. In a letter dated August 21, we received this awesome news from Mr. Li Gang, Vice Minister of the State Council of Information Office:

"TBN PROGRAMS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN WELL RECEIVED BY ITS VIEWERS AND I AM HAPPY TO SEE THAT THEY ARE NOW ON THE AIR IN SOME PARTS OF CHINA. IT IS REALLY A GOOD BEGINNING OF OUR COOPERATION."

As you can imagine, my joy and thanksgiving knew no bounds! In another part of this report I have reproduced Minister Li Gang's full letter.

As the government ministers explained to me, the first phase would be to allow TBN to come into hotels, all foreign compounds and embassies, churches, and all of the southern Hong Kong region. We knew that most of Hong Kong was watching — Benny Hinn was there a year or so ago and reported that virtually everyone at his crusade was watching.

My next shout of victory came as our first letter arrived by regular international mail from a student in ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY in a city near Shanghai called HANGZHOU, ZHEJIANG, People's Republic of China! It would appear that TBN has also been approved for universities and colleges, but we will have to confirm this. In any case, the letter began —

"Dear Paul and Jan: Greetings from the People's Republic of China. May God continue to bless and keep you…Here in the heart of China not more than three months ago we are able to watch TBN! TBN is a blessing to my family, just hope everyone will have the opportunity to watch your programs. I'm a student here in China on scholarship and wish to become a TBN partner—please send me information…."

This dear student, we will call "J.M.," went on to include a check for $100.00 to help support our new efforts in China!

Ah, dear Partners, this victory for phase one is sweet, but do not stop praying — phase two is being evaluated by the staffs of the three government ministries involved. This next phase would give us those "landing rights" to bring our signal into the cable systems, TV stations and legalize the little DTS (direct-to-home) dishes to ALL OF CHINA! You see, our satellites already cover all of China, but we want the blessing and cooperation of the government to bring TBN into every home legally.

I have promised all the government ministers that TBN and I will be their best goodwill ambassador to the U.S.A. and the world as they open the door to the true Christian faith that teaches all to honor and obey the civil government (Romans 13:1).

Even as I was writing this letter I received a most exciting email from Mr. Ren Qimin who was my most gracious host while in China. Mr. Ren wrote:

"I JUST HAD A MEETING WITH THE MINISTRY OF BROADCASTING AND TV ABOUT THE LANDING OF TBN SIGNAL…THE PROPOSAL THEY WILL GIVE TO THE BOSS SOUNDED POSITIVE…THE ON-GOING EVALUATION BY THE WORKING STAFF LOOKED GOING WELL."

And, so, dear Partners, deep in my spirit I know we will finally reach all ONE BILLION, THREE HUNDRED MILLION souls in the great nation of China. We know that we cannot make everyone Christian, but we believe that everyone should be able to make their own choice, even no choice, with regard to religion. All we ask is that every soul hear and understand the wise and gracious words of a most wonderful man named Jesus Christ. Many of those words from Matthew chapter 5 and 6 were hanging on the wall of the Chinese Minister of Religion, Mr. Yang Zuoan, as I met with him to reassure him of our love and respect for the great nation of China.

So now the finish line is in view. When China is complete, your TBN will have TV coverage to virtually the whole wide world! With, now, 5,547 stations, fed by 34 great satellites, there is hardly a spot on earth that cannot receive the TBN signal! Praise the Lord!

Jan and I love you, salute you and honor you for being a vital part of this 30 year miracle! Yes, it is God's miracle — only HE could have brought this great Voice into being, but He has thrust this mighty Voice into OUR HANDS, to use it as a glorious harvesting tool to bring in this last great harvest of souls. Will you continue to help us? Jan and I feel totally helpless without you! There are times when we feel like the apostle Paul who cried — "FOR I AM IN A STRAIT BETWIXT TWO, HAVING A DESIRE TO DEPART AND TO BE WITH CHRIST; WHICH IS FAR BETTER: NEVERTHELESS TO ABIDE IN THE FLESH IS MORE NEEDFUL FOR YOU." PHIL. 1:23, 24.

Yes, for a little while I wondered if my dear Jan would be departing, but the GOOD NEWS just came back — all tests are negative — she is totally healed by the stripes of Jesus! Even so, the burden and challenges of this vast ministry weigh in heavily at times. How will we respond when China calls for several thousand satellite dishes for the cable and TV stations? Not to mention the thousands of dollars an hour just to keep YOUR TBN ON THE AIR!

This is Praise-a-Thon® renewal month. Please let us hear from you with your gift and pledge of support. Join us this first great week of November as all the great singers and ministers lift us into heavenly places — God bless you as TOGETHER we:

"SPEAK OF THY TESTIMONIES BEFORE KINGS…." PSA. 119:46.



Mr. Ren Qimin, deputy secretary general of the China Association for International Friendly Contact, was a most gracious host during my visit to China this past summer.

The Minister of Radio, Film & Television, Mr. Xu Guangchun, is one of the key people to decide whether or not TBN gets "landing rights" into China. Partners—keep praying!

My good friend, Mr. Li Zhaoxing, the former ambassador to the U.S., is now China's Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Li has promised to be an advocate for TBN's efforts in China.

My meeting this past July with Vice Minister Li Gang, of China's State Council Information Office, was most productive. This is the ministry that determines what information goes into and out of China — an important key to bringing TBN's programs into China!

The Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, Mr. Wang Zuoan, extended a warm greeting to me. His office is another key department in deciding the "landing rights" for TBN to reach ALL of China.

Mr. Tang Jiaxuan is China's State Counselor and Vice Premier, and holds a position just under the president. Mr. Tang was most interested in our proposal to bring TBN's programs into China.

Shortly after returning from China we received an official letter from Vice Minister Li Gang informing us that TBN's programs are NOW being broadcast to parts of China! Jay Jones and Dwight Thompson, rejoiced with us all as I read Mr. Li's letter on Praise the Lord.