Jill: Hello. I’m Jill Morikone and there’s a lot of excitement at 3ABN’s Russian Evangelism Center. Here’s Julia Outkina to tell us more.
Julia: How did 3ABN Russia start? One small Hi8 camera taping segments with the new converts of Pastor John Carter’s 1992 evangelistic series and putting together the first programs at 3ABN [in the] USA. To get air time on one small local channel was a great achievement in post-Communism Russia. And the great response from the viewers that followed opened the way to the victorious extension of 3ABN across Russia. In 1996, 3ABN Russia’s studio was finished and a big variety of programs started to be developed. With the terrible trend for violence and obscenity flooding Russian TV, people developed a real hunger for truth, purity, and service to others promoted in 3ABN Russia’s Bible-based Christ-centered programs.
With materialism and the era of consumption getting hold of people’s minds, the Lord opened more powerful means of reaching people. Satellite religious channels started airing our programs. In 2009, the Lord expanded our outreach again. 3ABN opened our 24/7 internet TV streaming, and in 2012 our 24/7 internet radio streaming. Then the Lord gave another wonderful proof of His desire to enlarge our borders. On July 22, 2013, we got a broadcasting license. This meant that now we could broadcast to the satellite and be rebroadcast by cable stations of Russia. Many of them showed interest in having our channel in their package 24/7. What a wonderful opportunity.
And here is the most recent and the most exciting news: At the [3ABN] fall camp meeting of 2013, 3ABN president Pastor Jim Gilley announced that 3ABN is willing to step out in faith and put 3ABN Russia’s channel on satellite. And on November 23rd, it happened. As 3ABN viewers were watching the live broadcast from Israel dedicated to the 29th anniversary of 3ABN, the Russian satellite channel was inaugurated. What a historic event, what an awesome blessing and a tremendous responsibility to let the Lord reach more people through our channel! We thank you so much, dear viewers, for hearing the calling of the Lord and for supporting this faith ministry of 3ABN Russia.
Jill: Thank you Julia. And thank you, our dear supporters. If the Holy Spirit impresses you, please send your tax-deductible love gifts to support 3ABN Russia. May God richly bless you today.
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