A Miracle of God: The John Ankerberg Show on ION TV
Great news! God unexpectedly opened another door for us to minister—this time to people in our nation. We received an invitation from the ION TV network to air our broadcast each week on their network. But to do this, the cost for airtime was $2.2 million dollars and the network gave us only a week to give them an answer.
Our staff prayed together fervently, and miraculously in two days, God supplied over $1.4 million through a few wonderful friends of the ministry! After every gift, I would gather our staff together and tell them what God had just done. Then we would pray and thank God for what He had just done and for the people who had given.
I am sorry I didn’t have time to inform all of you. I still need some help. These gifts were enough for us to start airing, but we need to raise $800,000 more over this next year. Please pray about this.
Here is why we went ahead: The ION TV network is a secular network that reaches all top 210 television markets in our nation and is carried by cable, Dish and DirecTV, and on many streaming television packages, as well as on over the air antenna networks to more than 100 million homes.
Our program will air after Dr. Charles Stanley on Sunday mornings at 8:30 am to 9:00 Eastern Time, and 7:30 to 8:00 Central time. It will also air 8:30 am to 9:00 Pacific Time and 7:30 am to 8:00 Mountain Time.
After our TV program, the ION Network resumes playing all secular programing like Law and Order, Blue Bloods, and NCIS Los Angeles. This network is aimed at secular Americans and has a huge audience. I have seen the Nielson numbers on this network and it will allow us to reach a nationwide audience six times larger than the one we already have.
Again, this was a historic moment and God provided enough for us to start. However, we still need to raise additional gifts to support this new ministry outreach. Please pray about this. If God has blessed you and you can help, please let me know.
This Next Year We Will Broadcast Some of The Best Programs Ever
Before all of this happened, I told our staff that I believe next year we will present some of strongest programs defending the Christian faith we have ever recorded. For example, we are going to bring you a series entitled “The Historical Evidence for Jesus’ Resurrection that Even Skeptics Believe.”
Dr. Gary Habermas, the world’s top authority on the evidence for the resurrection, will be my guest. Since 1975, he has been tracking 4,000 New Testament scholars in English, French, and German. Hewill tell us about the academic revolution taking place among scholars concerning the historical facts about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection appearances.
He can quote the top scholars who believe 12 historical facts about Jesus’ death and resurrection. Do you know these facts? Gary says that with only five or six of these facts (that 90% of the top scholars in the world say they believe), he can prove Jesus rose from the dead. You will hear these facts in the coming year.
Then I asked my friend Lee Strobel, the bestselling author of The Case for Christ, to come for a series on his most recent book The Case for Miracles.I have also invited Dr. Erwin Lutzer, pastor emeritus of Moody Church, to come for six programs regarding the importance of the gospel, and asked Dr. Norman Geisler to join us for a series on the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture.
By the way, we have just finished recording our 40th half-hour discipleship program called “The Joy of Following Jesus” to provide believers basic doctrinal teaching on how to follow Jesus. We are going to translate this course into the major languages of the world and make it available free online. More about this next month.
This Last Year Your Gifts Helped Us Reach Many People
2.8 billion people in our world have never heard about Jesus. Further, there are still 4,000 languages in the world that have no Bible in their language. And if you give a printed Bible to 50 to 70 percent of the unreached people groups they will not be able to read the Bible in their own language.
So, during the last 24 months, I believed God wanted us to partner with Faith Comes by Hearing, a ministry that now has recorded the Bible in 1,240 languages. But Faith Comes by Hearing has no TV or radio program to get the word out or raise support for their audio devices.
In the last 24 months, your gifts have made it possible for us to reach 1,719,934 people who have never had a Bible! They now gather in 171,993 listening groups every week. These people live in 37 nations and speak one of 78 languages.
And praise God, we have been told that about 50 percent of the people in these new listening groups have put their faith in Jesus. Your gifts may be responsible for approximately 850,000 people becoming new followers of Jesus.
This Christmas—Our Goal Is to Win Thousands of Unreached People to Jesus
This Christmas I am going to ask you to help us once again reach unreached people groups in many nations. How? By helping us bring God’s Word to those who have never heard the gospel or any part of Scripture.I am going to ask you to help us provide audio Bibles for people in about 40 nations who speak one of 1,240 languages. Here is how you can help.
First, if you will give a gift of $30, you can provide a micro-SD card of the New Testament that people can insert into their mobile phone. It will instantly provide the whole New Testament in their heart language along with the Jesus Film.
Second, if you will give a gift of $100, you can provide both a micro-SD card and a BibleStick to someone in a refugee camp. Bible Sticks are personal digital players that are battery-powered and come loaded with an audio Bible. These compact devices can be listened to by people that are desolate, hurting, and in need of the truth of God’s Word in their language.
Third, for a gift of $500, you can provide an audio Proclaimer for a pastor in a foreign language. Over 1,000 people can clearly hear this special audio device. It can be recharged enough times to play the entire New Testament more than 1,000 times. Right now, over 2 million pastors overseas have requested one of these audio proclaimers.
Fourth, for a gift of $1,000, 3 micro-SD cards, 3 BibleSticks, and 1 Proclaimer will be donated on your behalf to those requesting God’s Word. Many lives will be impacted for eternity through your generous gift.
Fifth, for a gift of $5,000, you will provide funding for the audio recording of an entire chapter of the New Testament in a new language. In the past two years, your gifts have helped us fund parts of four new audio Bibles. We would like to fund additional languages this year.
Your generosity and partnership are so important in helping us bring the gospel to people. Thank you for your gifts and prayers. My prayer is that with your help this month, this will be the greatest year we have ever had in reaching people for Christ.
For those still waiting to hear,
Dr. John Ankerberg