I want to share and announcement that may be coming from the White House. I saw on Breitbart News that there is a rumor that President Trump is going to make an announcement that the US will be moving its embassy from the coastal city of Tel Aviv to the capital city of Jerusalem. This would make it official that the US considers Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. I think it is a shame that we haven’t done so already. Today I want to talk about what this means, what the fallout will be if he does, and what kind of position this puts America in when it comes to the Arabs and Islam.
Before I get into this I would like to say something about our ministry. Next month we will begin our 7th year on the radio. We started on KAIR, a wonderful station, a great group of people who took took me under their wing. They gave me an introductory price to get started getting this message out. Our listeners have blessed us in so many ways. You not only kept us on KAIR, but you opened the opportunity to get on other channels. We are very grateful for your financial and prayer support.
We are presently facing both a dilemma and, perhaps, an opportunity. The dilemma is that, perhaps, we have grown a little too quickly. For three years we have been syndicated with our Saturday broadcast. This is extremely expensive, it is the major part of our programming budget. Our donations were down in 2016. Some of this has to do with the drop in value of the Canadian dollar compared to the American dollar. We have a great number of supporters in Canada who have been supporting this ministry from the very beginning. We were $40,000 short in 2016 from the previous year, 2015. We are having to take a good hard look at where we are. We fell a little short on our bill to American Family Radio (AFR). We are off the air temporarily until we can get this caught up.
That being said, I have another opportunity being presented. Our home station KARI has an opportunity to put us on for a half hour each day. Starting the same time in the morning, we can broadcast for 30 minutes instead of 15 minutes. We would be broadcasting rom 8:45 to 9:15, a great time spot which we are honored to have. Many of our listeners have requested that we increase the length of our broadcasts and we now have the opportunity to do so. If we do this, we will need to ask the listeners on KARI to dig a little deeper to meet the increase in cost. The station manager is behind this program, and they have offered us a great rate for the increased time, but it would add another $13.200 to our budget. If we can raise this $13,000, we can give KARI the green light to move ahead on this change.
If you want to help us reach this goal, give us a call at 1-800-616-0082, or send us an email. Better yet, give us a call and make a donation. You can also give safely and securely on line at http://fortressoffaith.org. If we can raise this $13,000 we will make the commitment. We have enough things to share with you that I believe will be beneficial to you, and to our nations.
To be forewarned is to be forearmed.We have new leadership in America, which has promised to take a stand, and who is not afraid to call our enemy what it is, Islam. They want to call it “radical Islam” and Islamic terrorism. It is certainly Islamic, and it is terrorism, but I don’t think I would all it radical. Radical suggests that it is something outside of the norm. It suggests that these Muslims are doing something that is not Islamic. It suggests they their form of Islam is a distortion of the teachings of Muhammad and the scriptures of Islam. The fact is, what these terrorists are doing is the mandate of the Prophet Muhammad and of Islam. We have 1,400 years of history to show that this is true. I have said many times, you can tell what something is by what it does. If Islam has been advancing their religion by the sword, their Prophet did it and commanded his follower to do it, we can be sure that this is what it is. The Qur’an tells Muslims to fight against non-Muslims as long as there is unbelief. As long as there are non-Muslims who refuse to convert to Islam, their mandate is to fight against them.
The mission of Fortress of Faith is to get this message out. We want to expand our outreach so more people will be informed of the truth. To do so we may have to pull back from the syndicated broadcast on AFR for a while. They are looking into finding us a 30 minute spot rather than a one hour spot. Pray for us as we go through this time of change, pray that we will make the right decision, and pray that those who listen on AFR will pick up the slack.
I always look at it this way: If God is in it, He will provide. I don’t want to force open a door when God is not moving in that direction. Maybe He is closing the AFR door, and is going to open another door elsewhere. We are going to do our best to follow God’s leadership in this.
I have talked to some of our other station managers, and they are willing to go with the new 30 minute broadcast as well. We will keep you informed on the progress of things.
I know we just finished with a fundraiser, but we are going to start this new campaign today. If you want to see us go to the 30 minute broadcast, and if you can help us raise the $13,000, please let us know. Maybe God has blessed you with means, and you could help with a large donation, Don’t let the fact that you cannot make a big donation keep you from giving. most of those who give, give around #10.00 per month. Although the large gifts are greatly appreciated, it is these small gifts that keeps us alive.
Now let’s get to the news that Trump may announce the moving of our embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. If this happens, what does it mean? I am excited about this possibility. I have been pushing for this for a number of years. I think it is wrong for us not to recognize the Jewish Capital as Jerusalem. We have not done so because of international pressure from the United Nations and others.
We need to know that if this happens, the fallout will be huge. We know that when Donald Trump does something, he does it in a huge way. If he does this, there will by an enormous amount of conflict and pressure from the international community. It is the right thing to do, and if we don’t bite the bullet and do this, it will never get done. I think we finally have a leader in the White House who has the backbone and courage to really make the hard decisions.
If this happens, it will stir up trouble. He will provoke a lot of people. Think about what it will do. It will send the whole new message to the Middle East and to the Muslim world, that we, in America, are firmly behind Israel. Our support will be much more than lip service. I believe that this is a smart move by President Trump. He will be drawing a line, and saying, here is where we stand, and we will not be moved. This is the kind of courage we need in our leaders. This is being proactive, and not reactive. Our nation has been reactive to the problems in the Middle East for far too long. Now, for the first time, we have a President who will be proactive.
I can’t get into all of the complications that will arise if this happens because it will be huge. There will be pressure from all sectors, but it is the right thing to do. Let’s pray for our new President, and ask God to give him the courage to follow through with this.
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