Ankerberg Monthly Letter November 2013 - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Ankerberg Monthly Letter November 2013

Never before in history has there been an opportunity to change the world in a more significant way than there is today.

Cisco Systems reports that, “By the end of this year there could be more smartphones on the planet than humans, and by 2016 there could be 10 billion smartphones.”

Because you have supported our television ministry, we here at the John Ankerberg Show—in partnership with Faith Comes By Hearing—are pleased to announce we are making it possible for every person who owns one of these billions of smartphones, iPads, or laptops. At JAshow.org we are making the Bible available in written and audio versions in 750 languages. In addition, you will find more than 4,000 articles, books, and sermons at our website that will encourage and strengthen your faith and answer the many theological questions people have.

Further, if you take a moment at our JAshow.org website homepage, you will see an American flag with the word “English” in the right hand corner next to “Bible in your language.” If you click on the arrow next to it, you are given the choice of reading our articles in the world’s top 10 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, German, Mandarin, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. If you click on any one of those languages, our website will change into that language.

Our goal is to provide 97% of the world with a Bible in their language in the next 36 months. Within 10 years our plans are to help provide the Bible in text and audio in every language to help fulfill the Great Commission.

We have translated our 4,000 articles into 50 languages and have asked Christian nationals in over 50 languages to review our articles. As they release them to us we will add them to our foreign language articles.

Here is another astonishing thing I have learned. Cisco predicted, “By 2016 two-thirds of the world’s mobile data traffic will be from videos.” Right now people all over the world can watch the John Ankerberg Show in high definition in English on their phones, iPads, and computers. With your help, our goal is to translate the audio of our television programs into the world’s top 10 languages.

Winston Churchill once said, “Give us the tools and we will finish the job.” God has given us unprecedented opportunities to bring the Word of God to people around the world in their own language. I need you to help us to access the tools and finish the job.

Why is it crucial that we bring the Gospel to all people? First, Jesus suffered and died for the sins of world and has provided the only way for a person to know God. And second, Jesus commanded us to proclaim the Gospel and make disciples of all nations. In Mark 16:15 Jesus said, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

This Month on Television

Last March I met Morgan Jackson for the first time. As we talked I sat spellbound as he described what has happened when people hear the Bible for the first time in their own language. Morgan is the director of the international ministry Faith Comes by Hearing and our partner in sharing the Bible online and in audio in 750 languages. He works with 147,000 churches in the United States and 720,000 churches overseas. I asked him to come on our program and share what he told me about what is happening overseas as unreached people hear Scripture for the first time and respond to Jesus.

You’ll also hear how in some developing nations, functional illiteracy can run as high as 90%. Even many pastors in these nations lack the ability to read. Through the work of Faith Comes By Hearing, an array of devices are being used to bring audio Bibles to these people groups, resulting in spiritual awakening on an unprecedented scale.

This Is a Crucial Month and We Need Your Help

Most of the new opportunities and outreaches that we are talking about have come to us in the last six months. If you have watched our weekly television broadcast you have witnessed the progression of events and people God has brought into our lives.

What is the need we are facing at this time? In brief, we need $500,000 by December 15 to pay our airtime bills and keep us on television in 206 countries. Airtime bills are very expensive and must be paid on time. As we expand our outreach the cost continues to increase. This last year we added millions of new homes in Canada to our viewing audience. Second, we need an additional $500,000 to translate our television programs into the top 10 languages of the world to air on television, online, and on tablet and mobile devices.

I believe it is possible to raise these funds. Why? Because I believe we are obeying God. He led us into this. We are unique in the way we are leading in our outreach. Never before have there been the technology or opportunities to reach the world like today.

Here is what I’d like to ask you to do this month: First, pray for God’s blessing upon our efforts. Specifically ask God to provide for our urgent need to raise $500,000 to remain on air in your home and worldwide to present Christ’s Gospel and defend it.

Our second urgent need is for God to provide folks who will give an additional $500,000 to translate our television programs into the world’s top 10 languages. If we have the money, we can do this very quickly. But until we meet our current airtime needs, we cannot expand our outreach into these additional languages.

Because the Need Is Urgent

Think of the people we can reach and the joy people will have all over the world when they realize they are able to read or hear the Bible in their own language. We can now literally communicate with 90% of the people in the world in their own language through their smartphones, iPads, and computers. We are so close to doing so much—more than I ever imagined. But I don’t want to just dream about doing this; I want to do it. But I can’t without your help.

Let me say a word about monthly giving. When God called me to this television ministry 33 years ago, I asked Christians if they would be willing to give just a dollar a day, $30 a month, so we could offer television broadcasts. Many did and here we are today. But I would like to ask you to so the same thing today—to be willing to give just $1 a day—$30 a month—so we can broadcast around the world. Would you be willing to help me in this way? Perhaps God would lead you to even give $50 or $100 a month. Those who join as a monthly supporter become members of the John Ankerberg Show Inner Circle Of Friends and will receive a plaque suitable for use in your home or office as a reminder of your commitment to world outreach.

Then second, I am asking all of you to give a special one-time gift of some amount to help us this month.

If you will give a gift of $50, as a thank you I will send the two new television series with Morgan Jackson entitled “So the Whole World Can Hear” (3 programs) and “Every Language, Every Nation” (2 programs). They come as a DVD and Blu-ray set.

If you will give a gift of $100, as a thank you I will send you six series—our two series with Morgan Jackson, plus our latest series “A Response to Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus (Parts 1 and 2),” with scholars Dr. Darrell Bock and Dr. Gary Habermas, and our two series “How Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World?” and “When Muslims Meet Jesus,” with retired three-star General William G. Boykin, best-selling author Tom Doyle, and former Muslim radical Kamal Saleem.

If you will give a gift of $500, as a thank you I will send you all six of the DVDs in the $100 gift package and a beautifully designed “Word of God” sculptured box featuring Hebrews 4:12 that says, “For the word of God is living and active.”

And finally, I hope many of you will give a gift of  $1,000 or more to help. As a thank you will receive the six DVD series just mentioned and also receive one of our exquisite “Soaring Eagle” sculptures. Isaiah 40:31 is engraved underneath and reads, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

I hope you are as thrilled as I am about the opportunities at hand. Please join me as we seek God’s provision to meet our critical need to raise $500,000 by December 15.

Your help now will allow us to pay our airtime bills and remain on all of our current networks and stations here and overseas as well as to continue providing the Word of God at our website. Many of you have given generous gifts to help us. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please pray about what God would have you do at this crucial time for us.

For the sake of the Gospel,

Dr. John Ankerberg

 

P.S.  Our Ankerberg Christmas Catalog is now online so you can benefit from the special packages and prices available during this time.