It is hard for me to believe this is the month of Thanksgiving and we will soon be in the Christmas season. During this Thanksgiving time, we are celebrating with you and many of our friends who have been with us for years, making it possible for us to bring you unique television programs about our Christian faith.
For 38 years, our television program has presented and defended the truths of Christianity. By God’s grace, thousands of people have been rescued from atheism, world religions, cults, or New Age ideas. Let me tell you a secret: God has brought these programs and topics to us by arranging circumstances and allowing us to meet the right scholars and guests.
This next year, we are going to present some of the strongest programs defending the Christian faith we have ever recorded for television. For example, has anyone told you there is a revolution taking place in the academic world about the historical facts scholars now accept about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection? This has happened in the last 20 to 30 years.
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.
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 believe), he can prove Jesus rose from the dead. You will hear these facts next year.
Then, earlier this year Darlene and I attended Billy Graham’s funeral and sat with our friends Lee Strobel and his wife Leslie, along with Dr. Erwin Lutzer and his wife Rebecca. During our conversation together, I invited them to come and do programs with me next year.
You remember that Lee Strobel is the bestselling author of The Case for Christ that recently became a popular theatrical film. We are going to discuss his most recent book The Case for Miracles where he shares the evidence for God’s supernatural interventions in our world. You won’t want to miss these programs!
Dr. Erwin Lutzer, pastor emeritus of Moody Church, is a bestselling author of numerous books. I asked him to present six programs sharing the importance of the gospel, offering historical insights from his European tours celebrating the recent 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
Further, we are going to broadcast a series about the new evidence coming forth from people who have had near death experiences. Doctors and scientists know when people have no EEG (electrical activities of the brain) and no EKG (no heartbeat) for 10 minutes, they are clinically dead. Yet some people have had this condition for an hour, or up to four hours, and have amazingly returned to life.
When they do, some reveal amazing things about what they saw and experienced that is bringing many scientists and doctors to the conclusion that the material world is not all there is. There seems to be evidence for life after death. We will tell you about this in a new series next year.
We also have television programs in development on science, Bible prophecy, and apologetics that are all designed to strengthen your faith and invite non-Christians to put their faith in Jesus. Please continue to pray for these new programs. This is brand-new material people have not yet heard.
How God Is Working Through You
In the last 24 months, God led me to get involved and help three other ministries that do not have television or radio programs. God guided me to give them access to our audience on our TV networks around the world.
One of those projects has been to provide audio Bibles for unreached people. By unreached, I mean the 2.8 billion people in the world who have never heard about Jesus. Some live in restricted areas, while others live in unreached territories.
I also learned there are 4,000 languages in the world without the Bible. Further, even if the Bible existed in those languages, 50 to 70 percent of the people couldn’t read a printed Bible.
God led me to partner with an organization that has recorded dramatic audio recordings of the Bible in 1,240 languages. Over the past year, I have presented the need to you. So far, your gifts have made it possible for us to reach 1,719,934 people who have never had a Bible. We have formed 171,993 listening groups that meet every week. These people speak 78 languages and live in 37 nations.
Approximately 50 percent of the people in these new listening groups will put their faith in Jesus for the first time. In other words, your gifts may have helped approximately 850,000 people become new followers of Jesus. Thank you!
How You Can Help Change Lives for Eternity
You have helped us impact many lives, but I am asking you to again be part of extending the global outreach of The John Ankerberg Show and help us bring God’s Word to those who have never heard the gospel in their own language.
Through the gifts in the enclosed Christmas catalog, we invite you to join us as we share God’s Word with those who have yet to hear. By sending audio Bibles to individuals in other countries in their heart language, you will be helping people hear and understand the gospel that otherwise may never know about the love of God.
First, I would like to ask you to consider giving a gift of $30. By doing so you will provide someone overseas a micro SD card of the New Testament. It will be given to people without God’s Word who will be able to hear the Bible in their own language for the first time. This micro SD card will provide the whole New Testament in their heart language so they can hear the Word of God, along with the Jesus Film.
These micro SD cards can be pre-programed in one of 1,240 languages. They will be taken overseas by Faith Comes By Hearing and given to someone who has no Bible. It will become the only Bible he or she will have for their family.
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. BibleSticks are personal digital players that are battery-powered and contain an audio Bible. These compact devices can be listened to anywhere. They are sent to refugee camps and are given to 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 at a time can clearly hear this special audio device. This amazing tool is practically indestructible. Right now, over two million pastors worldwide have requested one of these Proclaimers for their church.
Fourth, for a gift of $1,000, three micro SD cards, three BibleSticks, and one 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.
I am asking God to speak to your heart regarding how you can help. You have already been so generous in helping us reach out to the world with the gospel. Thank you for your gifts and prayers. My prayer is that with your partnership, we will be able to reach even more people with the gospel.
For those still waiting to hear,
Dr. John Ankerberg