My wife Darlene and I, and our daughter Michelle, want to express how very special you are to us as we present and defend the gospel on TV. We have been reading the letters many of you have sent and thank the Lord for your friendship and love.
God has used your gifts and prayers to help us reach a lot of people. We now broadcast to over 4.5 billion potential viewers in over 200 countries. More than 1,728,393 people used our website in the last 12 months in 227 countries. Over 2,586,648 people played our radio podcasts. We had over 13.5 million views on YouTube. More than 38,800 people have used our app on their phones to watch 165,800 minutes of our TV programs. Nearly 1 million were reached in the last 12 months on Facebook.
Further, your gifts have helped us provide the Word of God on audio devices for unreached people who have never heard the gospel or read the Bible. In the last 24 months, your gifts have helped us provide audio Bibles for 1,742,283 unreached people in 37 countries speaking 78 different languages.
Amazingly, approximately half of those in new audio Bible listening groups have become believers. This means your gifts have helped us reach approximately 850,000 new believers worldwide—just through this project! We pray that God will let us reach another million people this next year.
Your prayers and gifts have also allowed us to begin broadcasting on the ION TV Network Sunday mornings at 8:30 to 9:00 AM Eastern and Western and 7:30 to 8:00 AM Central and Mountain Time. This network allows us to expand our American viewing audience by nearly six times our previous reach.
As we close this year, let me say a heartfelt thank you for your help and prayers. You have been so generous. I want you to know you are greatly appreciated.As you consider end of year giving, I would ask that you pray about helping us in 3 important areas. They include:
*Our Global Outreach (including our ION TV Expansion): Generous donors have helped provide initial funding for our ION TV programs. However, we need to raise an additional $800,000 for this project, in addition to our other ongoing airtime expenses.
*Global Communications Center: Our rapid growth has led to the need to expand our ministry workspace. We have an opportunity to purchase an adjacent property and redevelop it as God provides funding. Estimated costs are $750,000.
*Audio Bible Partnership: Help us reach those who have never heard the Gospel and never had a Bible. As you can see on the enclosed card, you can impact lives for as little as $30. Additional opportunities are available for your gift of $100, $500, or more. Remember, your gift toward an Audio Proclaimer for $500 or more reaches an average of 100 new people with the gospel.
If God has blessed you this year and it is possible to give a generous gift, know that we will work hard to use your gift to help reach as many people as possible.
Please know we love and pray for you. If God leads, you may:
- MAIL your gift with the enclosed response card by December 31.
- Give your gift ONLINE at JAshow.org/donate.
- Give by calling right now at 1-800-805-3030 for 24-hour service.
For those who have yet to hear,
Dr. John Ankerberg
P.S. Any check postmarked and dated no later than December 31, 2018, which we receive by January 7, 2019, can be credited as a 2018 contribution.