"AND WHEN HE WAS COME NEAR, HE BEHELD THE CITY, AND WEPT OVER IT...."Luke 19:41
Dearest Partners, deep in my spirit I know Jesus is still weeping over cities all over our tortured world! One of them is surely Bombay, India. I spent three awesome days in what is called, "the New York City" of India. I was there for two reasons — to host a gathering of about one thousand cable TV station owners and operators. In a moment I'll give you some glorious news that I'm sure has hell in disarray! But the second reason: I accepted Benny Hinn's invitation to attend his first miracle crusade in Bombay. In another moment I will give you my eyewitness account of this historic meeting. It was awesome, to say the least, as over 1.5 million people attended on the night that I was there and gave a word of greeting on behalf of TBN and YOU!
But first let me tell you a little about this great city of 15 million — some say 18 million souls.The emotion that best describes my soul is sorrow and grief beyond description! I was expecting a modern, bustling city of commerce — like New York. Instead, I saw poverty and depravity on a scale I have seldom seen!
Will you weep with Jan and me over this city and multitudes like it in India? As Jesus wept over Jerusalem, He went on to say:
"IF THOU HADST KNOWN... AT LEAST IN THIS THY DAY, THE THINGS WHICH BELONG UNTO THY PEACE...." Luke 19:42
We all know the sorrow and later the horror that befell Jerusalem as their "DAY OF VISITATION" came and went — many not caring or even realizing the once in a lifetime chance they had to know the "PEACE" that God had prepared for them. Jesus concludes his sorrowful discourse by giving them the frightening reason for their destruction:
"BECAUSE THOU KNEWEST NOT THE TIME OF THY VISITATION." Luke 19:44
Ah, dear Partners, for 2,000 years the "TIME OF VISITATION" has come! Yes, for every city, every nation, every soul! So why is sin, sickness, poverty, and death still triumphing over the cities of our world? The answer is simple — generation after generation has not "WEPT OVER THEM"!
So, now, here we are — beginning a new century, a new generation. What will history write of us? Dear Father in heaven, I tremble at the thought that we, too, could miss the time of OUR VISITATION! But even as I write this letter to you, something is rising up within my deepest spirit that says —"WE WILL NOT"! In heaven's name, let us not just weep over cities and souls, LET US ARISE AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THEM!
Together, your TBN is moving fast into the homes of India through cable TV stations — over 30,000 as of this writing! We estimate about one-third of India can receive TBN by satellite and cable TV. And, as I stated earlier I hosted, along with Brother Manickam Prakash (our India representative), a luncheon for 700 cable TV owners and operators. To our delight, nearly 1,000 came and overflowed the hotel meeting hall! They honored me and our party with a rain of flower petals like a tickertape parade! Then, flower leis around the neck that reached the floor! The love and culture of the Indian people is the most cordial and dearest I have ever enjoyed! What is amazing is the fact that most of the cable TV attendees were of the Hindu, Buddhist or Moslem faith! My heart was deeply moved as many came to greet me by bending low to touch my shoes, then standing with heads bowed to receive a hand of blessing upon their head! Brother Prakash explained that this was largely a Hindu practice to show honor and respect to their visitors! I also sensed deep spiritual hunger as we all did our best to describe the blessings of "Christian television"! Bottomline: Of the nearly 1,000 TV operators, over 600 signed requests to receive our TV equipment — a satellite dish and receiver which will enable them to carry TBN 24 hours a day — free!WOW — did you ever believe we would see the day that 600 TV stations would be born in a day?!
One very touching note to this meeting occurred when a well known movie star spoke. Brother Prakash had invited him as a treat to the guests. He said, "I was not quite sure what this meeting was all about, but as I entered the room I felt the love of something or someone!" Praise the Lord!
And, of course, dear Benny Hinn did his part in the great Bombay harvest. As I spoke, a sea of precious humanity as far as the eye could see melted into the darkness beyond the last park lights and giant TV monitors and loud speakers! I felt great spiritual warfare was being waged in the heavenlies, but Benny preached his heart out as always with signs and miracles following! Watch "This is Your Day" and you will see the awesome sights of spiritual harvest that the prophet Joel promised.
Yes, dear Partners — WE ARE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THE DARKNESS OF THIS PRESENT WORLD! Isaiah prophesied that:
"THIS IS A PEOPLE ROBBED AND SPOILED ...ALL OF THEM SNARED IN HOLES, THEY ARE HID IN PRISON HOUSES: THEY ARE FOR A PREY, AND NONE DELIVERETH...." Isa. 42:22
Finally, the prophet asks the penetrating question:
"WHO AMONG YOU WILL GIVE EAR TO THIS? WHO WILL HARKEN AND HEAR FOR THE TIME TO COME?" Isa. 42:23
As I wrote to you last month, I have written on the margin of my Bible — "WE WILL!"Yes, we will tell India that 30 million gods is not the answer! After thousands of years, those gods have produced hunger, disease, and poverty beyond description. My heart ached to see thousands of cardboard and stick homes with little children having to take their bath on the street with a bucket of water poured over them. Other sights of legalized prostitution and other things so base I cannot even try to describe them to you.
So, dear Partner — WILL YOU? Will you go with Jan and me to India and the world?For about $1,000 we can give a cable TV station the equipment to put TBN ON THE AIR 24 HOURS A DAY!
Yes, this is our world's "TIME OF VISITATION." Let's do more than weep over them — let us arise in Jesus' name and repossess all that the devil has stolen!
Jan and I have loved you and prayed for you, now, 31 years! We will look for your letter of love and support. Sow an Indian seed and watch God bring that answer to your need! Yes, praise God, this is also "OUR TIME OF VISITATION"!
Dr. Manickam Prakash, TBN's liaison to India, and Paul in front of the "gateway to India" — the great city of BOMBAY!
Dr. Prakash joined Paul in front of one of the ten TBN booths at the Benny Hinn services in Bombay. These were set up for people to learn how to help get TBN on millions of homes via satellite and cable.
Paul addressed the crowd of nearly 2 MILLION people who attended the Benny Hinn service the second evening. Everything had to be interpreted into the Hindi language.
What a sight—as MILLIONS of precious Indian people gave a love wave greeting to TBN's viewers in the U.S. and around the world!
One thousand cable operators from all over India attended TBN's cable convention. An enormous flower wreath was presented to Paul as he was most graciously received and honored by the attendees.