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Christian Apologetics toward Islam and Missions to Muslims

FOF — Third Anniversary

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3rd_birthday_cakeToday marks our third anniversary of broadcasting. As we reach this milestones I can’t help but look back and see what the Lord has done through this ministry over these three years. We came so close to packing this in about four months after we started. This all started without much forethought or planning. The Lord just opened the door for me to start bringing this message on the radio. We didn’t have much in the way of resources. We didn’t have any funds set aside. This has always been a work of faith, and that is how God wants us to live.

These last three years have been an interesting time. I don’t regret the sacrifices we have made. I am so thankful for my family and their patience, and their vision and submission to follow me. The Lord has given me a wonderful family and I am so thankful for that. We have been living with our in-laws for more than two years and we are finally about to move into our own home.

Our ministry is now being broadcast on over 200 stations with a potential listening audience of over 50,000,000 people in the United States and Canada. We have a goal, which we have not yet reached, to broadcast into every major city in North America with this message. There are some cities that are targeting which are Muslim strongholds. We want to strengthen the saints in the areas where Muslims are found so they can understand the Islam issues, so that they will not fear and hate Muslim, but so they will learn to love Muslims and have the compassion and the courage to take the Gospel to them. The heartbeat of this ministry is that revival would come to North America.

There are thirteen cities in North America that are heavily populated with Muslims, three in Canada and three in the United States. Currently we are in four of our targeted cities. In Canada we are in Vancouver and Montreal and in the US we are in Dallas and Houston TX. We were in Detroit but we had to pull out because of the lack of finances and the station we were on there wasn’t getting us the audience we wanted.

We want to get back into Detroit and we also want to reach Chicago, New York, Southern California / LA, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, Toronto, and Upper New Jersey. The end of this month we are going to be talking with another radio network that will get us into some of these markets with our message.

The Lord is blessing this ministry and it is happening largely because of you and your support. We know and appreciate your sacrifice in supporting us. Many of you give on a monthly basis and there are others who send in donations from time to time to help us and we are so grateful for that.

I want to take a moment to say thank you to those who have helped us. All of our donors, all those who pray for this ministry, and all of those who pray for me, are gratefully appreciated. I also want to give thanks to my sending church. This ministry is under the authority of a local church. I believe that is God’s plan. God didn’t give us a radio station, He didn’t give us a mission board, He gave us a local church. That is where the authority lies. I am under the authority and am in submission to my pastor and to that church. I want to say thanks to Ron Marshall who really encouraged me to talk to KARI in Blane, WA. I also want to thank Gary and Rose Roby who helped us financially to get started. Thank you to the manager at KARI, our home station, who was such a great help as we began this new adventure. I also want to say a special thank you to Mike and Debbie Hamilton. Mike is my agent and he has been a great help to this ministry and Debbie represents us as a publicist. Thank you to our executive staff, Pastor Carter, Pastor Brown, Dr. Coovert, and Bro. Bob. We appreciate all of your help and guidance in this ministry. And last, but not least I want to say thank you to my family and especially to my Wife. I love my family dearly and I am so thankful for their support and work in this ministry.

I knew taking on this task would require a huge commitment. Preparation for a radio show usually takes about 4-6 hours every day. There is all the research that I do, the recording, the editing, and following up with the article on my blog, it takes a lot of time. Now a lot of my time is taken up with fund-raising. We have to raise an enormous amount of money to keep this ministry afloat. As we continue to grow we will need to continue our fund-raising. Efforts. We will probably spend about $80,000 on Air time this year. We are so amazed how God has provided for that.

The Bible tells us that if we are going to follow the Lord and be His disciple we must count the cost. Sometimes we don’t do that. When I first started on the radio I probably didn’t fully count the cost of what it would take of my time. It didn’t long for us to count the cost of this ministry and the sacrifice it would take. As I mentioned above, there was a time that we considered pulling out. I am so glad that we didn’t. We all need to learn to count the cost of serving the Lord.

What do I mean by this? I mean that to do the things that God expects of His children will cost us. Not just in our finances, but with our time and our talents. We need to make all of those available to the Lord.

It is becoming more and more difficult to stand for God and I want to encourage you to stand faithful in these difficult days. Our liberties, our principles, and our Christian faith is under attack. We need to put our hand to the plow and not look back. I want to remind you, we are on the right side.

In John 16:33 says “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” From this we learn that God wants us to have peace, but He tells us that in the world we will have tribulation. He finishes by telling us that He has overcome the world. This is a great encouragement to me.

As long as we are in this world there will be tribulation but we are not to let this get us down. We must always remember that the Lord has overcome the world. The trials and tribulations of this world are only temporary.

The Bible says, “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:” Isaiah 59:1. God is still on the throne. He knows our issues, He knows were we are and where our nations are, and He knows our condition. His hand is not shortened that He cannot help and His ear that He cannot hear our cries for help.

Some times we get discouraged when we look at what is going on in the world, but the Bible say, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9. We must keep on keeping on, our reward will come in due time.

When it comes to the subject of revival, and you know that this is dear to my heart, we need to realize that it won’t fall out of heave without a purpose. God has a way for revival to come. It will only come through the door of repentance. The silken thread of Revival cannot penetrate the heart alone. It needs something to make a way for it. It is the needle of Repentance that can penetrate the heart and pull the thread of Revival into the heart.

We often make the mistake of thinking that we are waiting for God to bring revival. In truth, God is waiting for us to turn back to Him so He can send revival.

God’s plan is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

God is waiting on us to do our part, and when we do He will do His part. We think that when Isaiah 40:31 says “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.” that it means we are to sit in the waiting room waiting for God to act. No, this is not what it means. It means to wait upon the Lord like the waiter in a restaurant waits on you. It has to do with serving, not waiting for something to happen.

The phrase “how long” is used 60 times in the Scriptures, and 40 of those times God is asking how long is He going to have to wait. He says in Exodus 16:28 “And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?”

In Numbers 14:26-27 it says, “And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me?”

In 1 Kings 18:21 it says, “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.”

In Matthew 17:17 it says, “Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you?”

We are making God wait. The question is, How long will we make Him wait? Repentance is the doorway to revival. Again, how long will we make God wait?

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