"BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD; I WILL BE EXALTED AMONG THE NATIONS, I WILL BE EXALTED IN THE EARTH." Psa. 46:10
Yes, Iraq, we are on our way with the true Gospel of Jesus Christ! In fact, to many we are already there. I'll show you how in just a moment.
The door was flung wide by our brave military men and women. They ousted the evil Saddam Hussein who had outlawed all TV except for his own boring propaganda machine. To my knowledge, none of those we prayed for and posted their pictures on our walls of honor have been casualties of this war. To the contrary, I have received letters of gratitude from parents, thanking us and you for our prayers. If you have loved ones still serving in Iraq or anywhere in the world—send us their picture and we will build more walls of honor, lifting them daily to the Lord in prayer.
Yes, dear partners, the stone walls to forbidden nations are becoming dust before the mighty hand of our Lord! Afghanistan was first, then Iraq; but to our amazement we are seeing letters, emails and even phone calls from all over the Middle East and, in fact, from all over the world! "How?," you ask. Ah, most of you know—SATELLITE! Yes, the little dishes are flooding Iraq and all the Middle East! Our Palestinian brother, Anis Shorrosh, went to Iraq last November. I had asked him to make contacts with Christian leaders to help TBN minister in any way to the suffering church there. He called us to say, "Tell Paul and Jan and the TBN family that I am alive and well and preached at a church that night." He went on to say that the people were so excited they demanded him to come back, and asked him to tell TBN how much they love us and appreciate us thinking of them!
As you may know, TBN has pledged to buy a satellite dish for every church in Iraq! The first funds have been personally carried there by a Christian U.S. serviceman, so I am sure by now many more Christian Iraqis are watching TBN! Our European satellite feed now carries a block of Arabic programs, so pray that the Gospel will now penetrate the hearts of the multitudes that need Christ. Brother Shorrosh went on to say, "Iraqi's love satellite TV! After the war, the first thing most people did was to buy a dish, In fact, people will purchase a satellite dish before buying food!"
Brother Shorrosh has found a building which we can lease or buy and says it is time for me to come and help get an Arabic production studio going! Wow—how about LIVE Arabic Praise the Lord soon?!
This U.S. serviceman, who is helping us there, emailed this message: "I can't even tell you how fast the Lord is moving here and the miracles that I have seen take place since the war started. The fields are ripe for harvest! Please keep us in your prayers, as there are still dangers that we as soldiers and Christians are coping with here serving in Iraq."
This dear serviceman is in contact with many of the churches there and they are asking for Bibles and any good Christian reading material, since a Bible bookstore is being opened in a major city of Iraq.
He actually asked us to forward his request to all Christians and ministries that want to help. I feel, however, that we should keep his name private for obvious reasons and have asked you to send all Bibles and materials to our TV station in Mobile, Alabama. We will then repackage them in the right size for reshipment to Iraq. I was thrilled with his last statement to us—
"OH, AND DON'T'WORRY ABOUT THE MATERIAL GETTING HERE, THE U.S. MILITARY APO AE ADDRESS BRINGS EVERYTHING RIGHT TO THE BASE."
So, if you have any good Christian reading material, send it to:
1668 West I-65 Service Road South
Mobile, Alabama 36693
Yes, dear Partners, the Harvest is ripe, and together we are getting letters and emails like this one from Iran:
"I HAVE BEEN READING A LOT ABOUT CHRISTIANITY AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRIST AND ISLAM, BUT I STILL FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE AND SOMETHING LIKE A RELIEF IN CHRISTIANITY."
He went on to ask for more books and material on Christianity, but his last words pierced my heart—
"WOULD YOU PLEASE HELP ME AND TELL ME WHAT TO DO."
Of course, we sent him lots of good material, Brother Shorrosh's book on Islam, plus a full salvation packet! How we rejoice to hear letters like this pouring in from all over the world! HARVEST TIME INDEED!
Dear, dear Partners—how Jan and I rejoice that the Lord has quickened your heart to join this great TBN family and now we doubly rejoice to see it growing and expanding to nations around the world! The task and scope of this ministry is truly amazing! There are days when our human strength is gone! But, then, YOUR LETTER COMES! We feel the undergirding of your prayers and new strength comes from our precious Lord. Praise God, our dear Jan is HEALED! Thank you, again for your prayers. But, now, the doctors tell me that my heart needs special attention. There are some symptoms which I am resisting in Jesus' name! So, I will surely appreciate your prayers as I try to oversee 5,804 TV stations, fed by 36 satellites, around the world!
God bless you—please know that Jan and I are praying for you too—write us with your prayer needs and we will agree with you for your victory. Please be faithful with your pledges and gifts of support. Remember, only "FRUIT BEARERS" can claim the promise, "AND YE SHALL ASK WHAT YE WILL AND IT SHALL BE DONE UNTO YOU" (John. 15:7).
Yes, praise God—IRAQ, HERE WE COME!
The stone walls to forbidden nations are coming down! A U.S. serviceman stationed in the Middle East is pictured with a man to whom he has given a copy of True Furqan— a Christian commentary on the Koran.
TBN is now on the air in Iraq via SATELLITE! This photo, taken by Anis Shorrosh while in Iraq, shows a TV set that is tuned to TBN. Yes, that's Dino and Cheryl Kartsonakis on the air in Baghdad! GLORY!
A photo from Iraq sent to us by a serviceman shows Iraqis buying satellite dishes. Saddam Hussein made it illegal for Iraqis to own satellite receiving dishes. Now that his regime is gone, people are rushing out to buy them!
Anis Shorrosh took this photo while in Iraq. Built by Saddam Hussein, this is an actual, full-sized replica of the "Tower of Babel" as described in Genesis 11:4-9.
If you have loved ones in the military who are serving anywhere in the world—send us their picture and we will add them to TBN's wall of honor, and will lift them daily to the Lord in prayer. Please send us your non-returnable photos to: TBN, P.O. Box A, Santa Ana, CA 92711.