"FOR THE LORD GOD, WHO BRINGS BACK THE OUTCASTS OF ISRAEL, SAYS:
I WILL BRING OTHERS, TOO, BESIDES MY PEOPLE ISRAEL." ISA. 56.8 (TLB)
Ah, dear partners — what a trip! Where do I begin to describe the astonishing things our God has accomplished in just a few short weeks?
First of all, Jan and I joined dear Benny Hinn in Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa for another massive crusade! I'll tell you more about that later in this letter, but brace yourself — the president of Nigeria met our TBN staff and — well, now I have your attention to read my whole letter! Back in a moment for "the rest of the story!"
Our next major stop was Jerusalem to meet with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, as well as former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, now Minister of Finance. The leadership of Israel has long realized that the evangelical Christians are the best friends Israel has in all the world! So, a small group of Christian leaders were invited to meet with the prime minister to discuss several issues of mutual interest. The Jerusalem Post newspaper reported it the next day as follows:
"PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON, INTERESTED IN SHORING UP HIS STANDING IN THE INFLUENTIAL U.S. EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY, MET EIGHT LEADING EVANGELICAL FIGURES YESTERDAY, INCLUDING JAY SEKULOW, A HIGH PROFILE MESSIANIC JEW."
A little jab by the Post report went on to say:
"AN OFFICIAL IN THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE SAID SHARON WAS UNAWARE OF SEKULOW'S JEWISH BACKGROUND."
The news article went on to identify some others in the delegation as:
"PAUL CROUCH, PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST CHRISTIAN TV NETWORK (TBN), MICHAEL LITTLE, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK (CBN), AND TED HAGGARD, PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EVANGELICALS."
Of course, much was said about the horrible suffering of the Jewish people — most of them innocent civilians mercilessly killed by suicide and homicide bombers. But the good news, due in large part to Mr. Sharon's policy of security fences and almost instant retaliation to the terrorist's attacks, is that the bombings have dropped to nearly zero! Also, since the death of Yasser Arafat there is new hope for a peaceful settlement, and in fact we could all see, even in our short visit, that life is returning to at least some semblance of normalcy! Of course, we as believers know when true and lasting peace will come to Israel and the world! We know Him as the "PRINCE OF PEACE!"
One very important point was that all during these past few years of the "intifada" (or uprising), not one tourist group or bus has been attacked by the Palestinians. Even the terrorists seem to have respect for people of faith, no matter what that faith may be. So, naturally, a most cordial invitation was issued by the prime minister for us all to return to the Holy Land to see all the holy sites and walk the same ancient roads that our Jesus walked! Our tourist dollars mean jobs for many families who have been suffering much privation these past four or five years.
As it happened, Jan and I arrived in Israel just as the 57th year of independence as a Jewish state was being celebrated. The first day was very somber, like our Memorial Day with the whole nation pausing to remember the thousands of young men and women who gave their lives to secure their nation in 1948, 1967 and 1973. But then the next day was like our 4th of July with joyful celebration — even colorful fireworks!
So what do you say? Shall we come again to the roots of our faith? Dear Benny has brought several groups with no problems — so drop a note to me at P.O. Box C-11949, Santa Ana, CA 92711 and we will pray about another trip to this beautiful and historic land!
Oh, but the best news of all for this old TV man was the confirmation by Samuel Smadja, our tour guide, that yes indeed, TBN is coming in loud and clear all over Israel and the Middle East! Praise the Lord!
But now back to Africa! I had the joy, once again, of joining my dear friend Benny Hinn as we stood before another sea of humanity in Lagos, Nigeria! Millions attended over the three day event — only God knows how many — it is impossible to tell in a massive crowd that size! We'll know when we get to heaven! I gave a greeting from all of you and gave a testimony of how God healed me from a grave illness of rheumatic fever. Then I had them give you a massive love wave from Nigeria! Watch Behind the Scenes and Praise and we'll show you the love from our precious brothers and sisters in Africa!
But now, the rest of the story I promised you in the beginning of my letter! Our staff met with his excellency Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, president of Nigeria, and he promised us a license for a full power TV station in the capital city of Abuja! Of course, our satellite is already covering all of Africa, but now the poor people who cannot afford the dish and receiver can get TBN free through the air! Praise the Lord! So once again I cry — "Let us arise and build!"
Dear partners, can't you see it? We are seeing Isaiah's prophecy fulfilled —
"BEHOLD, THOU SHALT CALL A NATION THAT THOU KNOWEST NOT, AND NATIONS THAT KNEW NOT THEE SHALL RUN UNTO THEE BECAUSE OF THE LORD THY GOD, AND FOR THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL; FOR HE HATH GLORIFIED THEE." ISA. 55:5.
And finally, our cry to the whole world must be —
"SEEK YE THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND, CALL UPON HIM WHILE HE IS NEAR: LET THE WICKED FORSAKE HIS WAY…LET HIM RETURN UNTO THE LORD, AND HE WILL HAVE MERCY UPON HIM; AND TO OUR GOD, FOR HE WILL ABUNDANTLY PARDON"! ISA. 55:6,7
Dear, dear Partners, the last days — the final harvest is here! Get ready — you are COMING TO ISRAEL! Remember our theme scripture: "THE LORD GOD SAYS…I WILL BRING OTHERS, TOO, BESIDES MY PEOPLE ISRAEL." ISA. 56.8
Halleleujah — I'll meet you just inside the Eastern Gate over there!
Over 1 MILLION people were in the audience the night Paul attended Benny Hinn's service in Lagos, Nigeria. The crowd gave a giant love wave to the entire TBN family!
Paul, along with a group of Christian leaders, was invited to attend a private meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Mr. Sharon extended a warm invitation for Christians to come and visit Israel where, he said, "You will be among friends."
Paul also met with former Israeli prime minister and now Minister of Finance, Benjamin Netanyahu. Paul shared with Mr. Netanyahu the great prophetic word of Amos 9:14-15 concerning the nation of Israel, "And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities…And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God."
The Holy Spirit moved in a precious way as Benny Hinn, Paul and their interpreter led the massive audience in special prayer for the nation of Nigeria!
From Nigeria it was on to Italy where, on the beautiful Praise the Lord set of TBN's Milan studio, Paul and Jan joined with TBN's station manager in Italy, Chuck Hall, as they prayed together over the many prayer requests that had been phoned in to the station.