GOD THUNDERS FROM THE SKY!
Ah, dear Partners, we wonder how it could get any better -- BUT IT DOES!
Last December, I returned from yet another missionary journey. Spain, Israel and England opened their doors. In Spain, we rejoiced with our new partners as we dedicated our new studio for Channel 26 in Madrid! About 200 pastors and leaders gathered for a Saturday morning breakfast where I shared some of the awesome miracles our God has done for us these first 26 years! They were like children on Christmas morning as we marched over to the new studio home and cut the ribbon across the front door! We sang and prayed -- some wept -- as we watched a live TV picture coming from our Latin American headquarters in Costa Rica, in Central America! Brother Jonas Gonzales, our partner in the TBN/Enlace network, reported that we are sending Spanish Christian television to over 750 stations throughout Central and South America -- and, now, Spain -- LIVE! Praise the Lord!
From Spain, I journeyed on to Israel and met over 300 TBN partners in Jerusalem. We had a glorious time visiting the holy sites, singing and praising the Lord. Dean and Mary Brown, Nancy Harmon, Del Way, Doc Whitaker and I met some of the most precious TBN Partners and had wonderful services all over Israel -- from the Mt. of Olives -- to the Garden of Gethsemane -- to the empty tomb -- to the Upper Room -- to Bethlehem -- to the Sea of Galilee -- oh glory! We will never be the same!
But, dear, dear Partners, the greatest thrill of all was in the home of our Arab driver. Hammed mentioned to me one day that he had been watching TBN at home. I thought that he meant on video tape, since we have sent many program tapes to Israel. But he finally made it clear -- he was watching TBN by satellite from England! I knew we were sending a few hours a day to our partners, Channel 7 in England, and also knew that we were working on an agreement that would finally give us DBS (Direct Broadcast Satellite) coverage over all of Europe. In fact, my next stop was London, to work out the contract and agreement. But to learn that over 100 million households in the Middle East had the little DBS dishes was more -- much more -- than we could have dreamed of! I said, "Hammed, show me!" With our camera crew, we went up to a modest little apartment, met Hammed's wife and two beautiful children and watched Kids Club coming live from London! I nearly swallowed my tonsils! To see two precious Arab children in a Moslem home watching Gina Thompson telling a Bible story was almost more than I could stand! Now, I was really curious. I started noticing the little DBS satellite dishes, and, dear Partners, they are all over Jerusalem! Virtually every rooftop had one! I said, "Hammed, when did this happen?" He said just this past year or so the cost of the dishes has come down and that Jerusalem is watching the European "Hot Bird," as they call it! And, now, dear Partners, for the rest of the story.
We returned home, with a final stop in London, and my glorious news is this: We met with our partners, and the satellite people, and have signed the 5-year agreement for a full 24-hour-a-day channel that covers all of Europe and the Middle East, including North Africa! But the most awesome news is that over 120 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS have the little dishes and can actually tune in TBN anytime, day or night! Glory be to God Most High!
But the final joy came as I stood in the satellite Master Control room, and watched the LIVE picture of TBN coming from California! You remember last November, when we threw the big switch and sent the signal to Africa, Europe and the Middle East? We can now send TBN live to London and then back up to the DBS satellite and into the homes of those 120 million dishes! With up to 10 persons per household, this means nearly ONE BILLION new souls can tune us in!
Yes, dear Partners, my heart is bursting for joy as I report this awesome new breakthrough. Please pray that hearts will be opened by the precious Holy Spirit to receive the Word. Pray for strength and resources, as we must now work on translating many programs into many new languages. Also, the cost is great -- over $300,000 a month for this full analog satellite channel covering nearly one third of the world. If everyone who sends a monthly love gift would increase that gift by just TWO DOLLARS, the cost would be covered. Please pray and ask the Lord what you should do.
So, dear, dear Partners, rejoice, rejoice! We are now sending the Gospel, literally around the world via 15 satellites, and over 1300 TV stations, and over 5,000 cable stations, plus the vast Internet and on and on! Yes, SING TO THE LORD at home and abroad --
© 2000 Trinity Broadcasting Network. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of TBN.