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

Ankerberg Monthly Letter September 2013

This month I am going to ask you to earnestly pray that God will bless our efforts as we begin to share the resources of the John Ankerberg Show with people around the world in more than 50 languages. Beginning this month, people will be able to find more than 4,000 articles, books, study guides, TV transcripts, and verse-by-verse teaching of Bible books, at JAshow.org in the following languages:

 

Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, and Yiddish

 

It was just last March we learned about the new technology that would allow us to translate our materials and communicate to 88% of the world’s population—more than 6 billion people—in their own language! The same week I learned about it I shared the news with you.

 

Because many of you have given significant gifts to our ministry, you have made this new outreach possible. God knows who you are and promises to reward you. Your love for God and His work will now make it possible for people around the world to use their smartphones, iPads, and computers to learn about God, Jesus, salvation, the Bible, world religions, science, and much more in their own language.

 

This month, we will bring you a powerful new television series called How Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World?” He is often doing so by appearing to people in their dreams and visions so powerful that they are turning from their lifelong religion of Islam to embrace Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. But after He appears to them, how do these dear people discover information about who He is? In many Muslim countries, like Saudi Arabia, Christian literature of any kind (including Bibles) is forbidden. But JAshow.org will now be a wonderful, valuable free source on the Internet to answer their questions.

 

What if they don’t have access to the Bible? Starting this month, we will also provide a translation of the Bible at JAshow.org in 733 different languages—graciously provided to us through our partnership with Faith Comes By Hearing. Because our television programs reach into 206 nations, we will use our program to inform those who can understand English to spread the word to people in their country who can’t, sharing that all of these resources are available in their language on the Internet at JAshow.org.

What’s Next?

In my recent trip to Europe, every hotel where I stayed included television channels in at least 8 language choices to reach today’s multilingual culture. In addition, nearly every person we met in Europe (young and old) was using a smartphone as his or her primary form of communication. Many of those folks also carried iPads. This is where our ministry must communicate to reach people in their own language.

Our next goal is to add the world’s top 10 languages to the John Ankerberg Show television broadcast. In addition to English, these include Mandarin Chinese, Hindi (for India), Spanish, Russian, Arabic, French, Portuguese, Bengali (for Bangladesh and parts of India), and Malay (Indonesian). Translating these 10 languages would allow us to communicate directly to 75% of the world’s population.

When this happens, anyone with an online connection will be able to watch and listen to our programs anywhere in the world. Is this something you would enjoy providing? I am praying that God will lead 10 people to give $50,000 each before Christmas to make this next step possible. But 90% of gifts we receive are from those who give $50 to $100. So please see our enclosed insert to discover how you can be God’s answer to reaching people around the world.

 

This Month on Television

Something powerful is happening in the Middle East, and I am not talking about the chaos in Egypt or the so-called Arab Spring. The real news is that record numbers of people in the Muslim world are coming to faith in Jesus Christ.

How is Jesus awakening the Muslim world? Again, Jesus is appearing to Muslims in their dreams and through visions so powerful, they are turning from their lifelong religion of Islam to embrace Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. I believe you’ll be greatly encouraged as you listen to my three important guests.

 

My first guest is Kamal Saleem, a former Muslim terrorist. Born in Lebanon, he was recruited at age seven by the Muslim Brotherhood, worked with Yasser Arafat and the PLO, and was sent to North Africa to train international terrorists in the desert camps of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi. He fought with the mujahedeen in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union and was later sent by the Muslim Brotherhood to the United Stated to recruit Americans for their terrorist organizations.

 

A car accident resulted in Kamal seeing the unconditional love of Christ in the lives of Christians who took care of his medical needs. He rejected everything he had been taught in Islam and placed his faith in Christ. Jesus totally changed his life.

 

My second guest is Tom Doyle. He has worked in the Middle East for 18 years where he has met a large number of Muslims who were first introduced to Jesus through a vision or dream. He has recorded these thrilling stories in his best-selling book Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World?

 

My third guest is a real American hero. Retired three-star General William G. Boykin was the former commander of Delta force who later became Commanding General of all U.S. Special Army Forces around the world. He also served at the CIA in clandestine missions, and for four years served as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense. He now serves as the Senior Vice-President at the Family Research Council.

 

                                  How Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World?

 In our first program we will take you into the chaos of Egypt where Tom Doyle tells us powerful stories of Jesus appearing to Muslims. Kamal Saleem shares how he was raised as a young boy to become a hate-filled terrorist. He explains how he learned at his mother’s table that his highest calling was to die as a martyr while killing infidels. General Boykin explains the biggest misconceptions Americans have about Islam.

 

In our second program you will hear stories about Muslims coming to Christ in Saudi Arabia, the very heart of Islam. Since Bibles and Christian literature are forbidden in Saudi Arabia, how is it possible for people who meet Jesus through dreams to learn more about Jesus afterwards? How does the underground church operate and grow?

 

In our third program, we discuss the chaos in Syria, how Jesus is calling the Syrian people to Himself, and how God is protecting the underground church.

 

Then we recorded a second series with our three guests called “The Enemy Within—How the Muslim Brotherhood Is Infiltrating America.” In this series you will hear about Kamal Saleem’s miraculous conversion from radical Islam to Christianity. You will also discover how the Muslim Brotherhood has been very successful in infiltrating American universities, banking, media, prisons, and military.

 

Our Special Package This Month

 

This month, we are making available three series—“How Is Jesus Awakening The Muslim World?” and “The Enemy Within,” plus our latest series about Islam and women called “Trapped Behind the Veil of Islam” with former Muslims Drs. Emir and Ergun Caner. These three series come as a Blu-ray DVD combo set, for a gift of $99.

 

Making an Eternal Impact

 

I believe you want to see the Gospel shared with as many people as possible. This month’s programs will be translated into more than 50 languages in print and shared online at JAshow.org. But imagine what would happen if we provided all of our TV programs in the top 10 languages of the world? What lives would be changed if we presented these programs in Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi, French, German, and Russian?

 

Let me thank you for your generosity and partnership to this point. Know that I depend on your help every month just to keep this worldwide television outreach on the air in 206 nations and coming into your city where you live.

 

But now in addition we have a new monthly expense to continue providing our materials into more than 50 languages, as well as the Bible into 733 languages.

 

I need your help. I am praying that you believe these projects are what God wants done. Would it bring you great joy in your heart to know you had helped make these projects possible? Is God leading you to support us in a generous way now?

 

In the months ahead I will report how God is using this new outreach. If you would, please write or contact us by phone this month. I look forward to hearing from you. May the Lord continue to bless you as you serve Him.

 

For the sake of the Gospel,

 

Dr. John Ankerberg