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TBN Russia Broadcasting the Gospel to Every Corner of the Earth
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (October 18, 2012) ― The international outreach of Trinity Broadcasting Network is exploding, and nowhere is that more evident than in the once spiritually dark nation of Russia, where over the past month TBN's five Russian affiliate networks have combined to receive nearly one million responses from viewers around the world.
TBN's founder and President, Dr. Paul Crouch, recalled that when he and his wife Jan first took a team to Russia in 1991 to preach the gospel, tens of thousands raised their hands each night to receive Christ as their Savior. “That just over twenty years later this country is now sending out life-changing television to every corner of the earth 24 hours a day ― that is nothing short of a miracle,” said Dr. Crouch.
Over 150 years ago one of the greatest missions pioneers of the 19th Century, Hudson Taylor, prophesied of a mighty move of God across the former communist empire. “In Russia I saw that there will come a general, all-encompassing national spiritual awakening so great that there could never be another like it,” declared Taylor in 1855. “From Russia I saw the awakening spread to many European countries. Then I saw an all-out awakening followed by the coming of Christ.”
Said Dr. Crouch: “I believe we are seeing today the reality of Hudson Taylor's prophecy, and this network is playing a major role. A harvest is going forth through TBN Russia, not just in Europe, but across the earth.”
Beginning with a small local station in St. Petersburg in the early 1990s, TBN's Russian affiliate now has five global networks broadcasting Christian television to a wide-ranging viewer demographic: TBN Russia, its flagship network; Smile of a Child Russia, a Russian language version of TBN's popular kid's network; Juce, TBN Russia's youth channel; TBN Baltia, broadcasting to Europe's Baltic region; and TBN Shalom, reaching the million-plus Russian Jews living in Israel.
Igor Nikitin, director of TBN Russia, said that in the past 30 days alone TBN's Russian networks have received over 900,000 letters, e-mails, phone calls, and Twitter and Facebook postings from viewers in 181 countries, including the Ukraine, Germany, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia ― and even the United States. “Some write to say that they have come to Christ through our programming,” he said, “while others desire prayer and encouragement for healing or other needs. And many just contact us to say thanks for programming that is touching them and their families.”
Wrote one viewer from the former Soviet republic of Georgia: “I was a Muslim and started watching your programs. I received Jesus as my Savior. Thank you and God bless you.” Another viewer from Ukraine wrote that “for many years I was involved in witch craft and fortune telling. I trusted card reading more than anything else. Thank you for opening the truth to me.... I wish to follow Jesus as my Savior.”And a viewer from Israel contacted TBN Russia with this prayer: “I am tired of my selfishness and egotism. Dear Lord, take my heart and give me a real life in you.”
TBN's Vice President, Matt Crouch, noted that since his parents launched TBN nearly 40 years ago, its mission has been centered on the unchanging truth that God saves, heals, and changes the lives of people who will come humbly to Him. “I'm certain that message has been key to TBN's success,” he said. “And that truth will continue to guide all we do in the years ahead.”
Colby May, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 202-544-5171
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