The Power of the Word

Women in Central Asia traditionally look to black magic, spells and witchcraft to solve their problems and ease their burdens.

HEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST: THE HOLY SPIRIT CONFRONTS MAGIC

Galina Touches a Bible

In Turkmenistan, Galina invited Mahira, her friend, to visit her home, but was dismayed when Mahira arrived with a Bible.  “This is an evil book.  I cannot read it,” Galina said in alarm.

Mahira knew the Bible was a life-changing book, but realized the change was for the better and nothing for Galina to fear.  Mahira wanted her friend to have the same hope she herself had found in Jesus Christ.

With a warm smile and a tone of assurance Mahira said, “Just pick it up, pick any page and just read.”  Galina managed to read only two verses out loud when she was overcome with tears and ran to her bedroom.

The Power of Conviction

Mahira was dismayed.  What had happened?  Should she leave, wait, or follow Galina into her room?

The answer came quickly.  Galina walked back into the main room and in her hands was a massive book full of magic spells.  How amazing Galina feared the Bible, which offers her the Hope of Heaven, but was not afraid of dabbling in black magic.  How Satan twists us up when we have no access to the Truth.

The Power of Salvation

“I repent of this magic.  I ask God to forgive me for leaning on my magic to live,” Galina announced to Mahira.  She went on to accept Jesus Christ as her Savior.  Now Galina and Mahira are more than friends.  They are sisters-in-Christ, Children of the Most High God.

We are amazed at how the Holy Spirit works.  The Spirit used the two verses Galina read at random to convict her of her sinful nature and her need for a Savior.  Isaiah 55:11 assures us, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Mahira has been shepherded by one of home pastors GHM trains and mentors.  Now this pastor will also shepherd Galina.  The Kingdom will grow as these faithful servants minister to the lost lambs in The Middle East and Central Asia.

Help Reap the Harvest

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.
Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

You can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

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Praying in the Name of Jesus

HEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST: PRAY FOR GHM

GHM Target Countries

When we tell people GHM produces Christian TV programming for The Middle East and Central Asia, they usually want to know more.  Sometimes they have specific countries on their heart that they already pray for.  Others aren’t quite sure exactly what countries are in Central Asia.

GHM has produced original programming in Turkmen, Uzbeks, and Azerbaijanis, but that doesn’t begin to reflect the wide reach of our ministry.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • In these regions, political borders are not related to the use of of languages inside the countries.  So, for instance, while Azerbaijani is the official language of Azerbaijan, there are large populations of people in several surrounding countries, including Iran and Turkey, who use Azerbaijani as their primary tongue.
  • Many of the languages in the region developed out of the same branch of the Indo-European language family or out of the Turkic language family, meaning that many people can understand many of the languages they do not actually use themselves.
  • Because languages flow so freely between the various countries we minister to, many of our potential viewers speak more than one language.

Languages Add Spice to Life

While our office is staffed by people with names like Steve and Hannah Beth, we communicate daily with our program hosts, Umida, Abror, Feruza, Narmin, and Tarana–and that’s only the beginning.  We have others who regularly appear in our programs, like Aziz, Bahtiyor, and Zafar.  During our last filming we had Mexicans, Russians, Kuwaitis, and Americans as guests, along with many Uzbeks.  There’s rarely any way to guess how many languages might be spoken on any given day in our office, and it’s hard to know which ones we’ll be hearing.

We laugh as we listen to one another struggle with an unfamiliar name or word–and spelling is a whole different subject!  We’re not complaining though.  It makes what we do so much more interesting.  That’s why we’re inviting you to join us in a little language game.

While there is only one Savior, His Name comes in many forms, according to what language you speak.  We invite you to pray to Jesus Christ for the salvation of those watching our programs, using various translations of his name spoken by our viewers  (Translations courtesy of Google Translate):

  • Arabic:  Almasih Eissa
    المسيح عيسى
  • Azerbaijani: Müqəddəs İsa
  • Georgian: Ieso K’riste
    იესო ქრისტე
  • Kazak: Иса Мәсіх
  • Kyrgyz: Ыйса Машайак
  • Russian: Иисус Христос
  • Tajik: Isoi Maseh
    Исои Масеҳ
  • Turkish: Yüce isa
  • Turkmen: Isa Mesih
  • Uzbek: Iso Masih

Join Your Heart to Ours

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Praying for us (in English or any other language) is just one of the ways you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

Bringing Truth to Easter

HEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST: PEELING AWAY MYTHS

The Rites of Spring

A quick glance around the Internet will quickly inform you of the pagan history of Easter.  The Easter Bunny comes from some Nordic tale of an egg-laying hare.  From the beginning of time, in myriads of cultures, an egg is the sign of new life.  Many gods and goddesses of mythology have tales of rebirth among their legends.  Even the very name of the celebration is often linked back to the name of a goddess.  For these reasons and others, some Christians shy away from celebrating what they feel is a holiday tainted by other religions.

Easter in Persian Cultures

For Christians in Central Asia, Iran, and other Persian nations, Easter is a very special time.  Before they became Christians, most Persians, like Azerbaijanis and Uzbeks enjoyed a holiday called Novruz, which we discussed last month.  Many of it’s traditions relate to the coming of spring and the signs of new life in nature.  The history of the holiday has many links into a number of religious traditions, but it has come to be celebrated in our times for the pure fun of it.  To those brought up celebrating the signs of life of nature with Novruz, the hope of Christ has a very precious meaning.

As with much of the world, America’s commercialism is pervasive in GHM’s target countries.  Our TV hosts tell us that decorated eggs, chocolate bunnies, and stuffed chicks can be found in many of their stores.  Central Asians, Iranians, and others throughout the Middle East watch newscasts and movies where Americans are making a big ado about an Easter frock or the White House Easter Egg Roll.  They are able to enjoy the festivities without any understanding of what Easter is.  They see it as a sort of American Novruz.

However, once someone becomes a Christian, New Life means much more than fresh green leaves or the return of agriculture.  Narmin, host of Sweet Conversations, our Azerbaijani Women’s Program, loves to celebrate Novruz because of the memories of friends and family it offers, but Easter has become her favorite holiday because it assures her of the hope she has found in Jesus Christ.  Umida, host of Shukar Aytaman (I Am Thankful), our Uzbek Women’s Program, could not carry her Bible when she went to her home church in Uzbekistan, but now she proudly wears a cross around her neck since she has the freedom of America.  For these women and for Christians everywhere, it is the cross and the empty tomb which are the true symbols of Easter, not rabbits and eggs.   

No one loves hope more than those who have known hopelessness. Our viewers know what it is to live without hope.  Soviet occupation squelched all religious practice. When the Russians left, Islam flooded the religious vacuum, but it did not offer hope, only rigid rules encompassing every facet of life.  The Good News of Jesus Christ, offered in every program we produce, is a refreshing wind of hope, embraced by Believers–old and new–in our target countries.

Help Reap the Harvest

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.
Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

You can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

Farsi, The Persian Heart Language

“Farsi” Written in Persian

HEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST: MODERN LANGUAGE WITH ANCIENT ROOTS

Multiple Languages in One Nation

Several months ago we told you how the Iran of the Ancient Silk Roads has become a modern day linguistic crossroads for The Middle East and Central Asia.  Representatives from virtually every language of these areas live in Iran and speak their own tongue within its borders.  However, Iranians also have their own language called Farsi and it has ancient Persian roots.

One Language, Ancient Roots and Much Influence

Use of Old Persian, the grandmother of the Farsi used in Iran today, can actually be traced back to Persis, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire, discussed in a previous blog, so it is at least 2500 years old.  What was once the capital city of Persis is in the Fars Province of modern Iran, hence the name “Farsi.”

According to Farsinet.com, Farsi is the most widely spoken of the Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian languages and Wikipedia says there are about 110 million people around the world who use it.  The primary countries using Farsi are Iran, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, but it is considered a prestigious cultural language in Western, Central, and South Asia and has influenced neighboring tongues such as Arabic and the Turkic languages.

Because of a long history in literature, Middle Persian (the form before the current language and after the original Achaemenid use) was the first language in the Muslim world to break Arabic’s monopoly on writing, according to Wikipedia.  The literary classics in these countries include many works of Persian authorship.

So What?

Perhaps you are wondering why all of this matters to GHM.  Well, because the use of heart languages is foundational to what we do, that’s why.  Our programming is designed to reach the cultural heart of our viewers and part of that task is accomplished by using native speakers of our heart languages as hosts.  We have produced original Christian programming in Azerbaijani, Uzbek, and Turkmen.

To our delight, these programs are enjoyed throughout The Middle East and Central Asia, regardless of the name of the country, because the geographical boundaries have little influence on the use of heart languages.  Also, Azerbaijani, Uzbek, and Turkmen languages can be understood to a great degree by other people who also speak Turkish-based languages.

Now we want to take it to the next level.  Since Iranians already share the Persian culture our programs target, by lip-synch dubbing them into Farsi, we could multiply exponentially the number of potential viewers.  Remember, Farsi is spoken by 110 million people in the world and the influence of the Persian culture followed the Empire into the Indian subcontinent and throughout the rest of Asia.

Lip-synch dubbing is a translation method which seamlessly transforms the language spoken so well only an expert can tell it has been dubbed.  Imagine all the lost men, women, and children mired in hopelessness who could be freed into the joy of salvation by watching our programs.  So that is our dream, to lip-synch dub all the many programs we have already produced into Farsi.

While lip-synch dubbing a program is inexpensive in comparison to producing a new program, it still takes money.  While money is not something we like to spend much time talking about, it is very necessary to this opportunity the Lord of languages has set before us.  The Lord God confused the languages at the Tower of Babel and now He is leading us to take His message to His children who speak Farsi.

Help Reap the Harvest

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.
Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

You can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

How Did a Jewess Become Queen of Persia?

HEARTS OVERFLOWING: QUEEN ESTHER AND ESTHER’S FRIENDS

Esther by Narmin Backus
Esther by Narmin Backus

Once Upon a Time

While the Bible contains many accounts reading more like an adventure story than part of a religious text, it could be argued the tale of Haddesah is one of the more remarkable:

A young orphan is being raised by her uncle in the city of Susa.  One day it is announced the king ‘s eunuchs are holding a beauty contest to find a new queen.  The lovely Haddesah is quickly chosen to be among the contestants and her personality is so sweetly unique she gains the notice of all.  Because of a friendship with the eunuch in charge of the contest and her own wisdom, she gains the king’s favor when presented to him and the lovely Haddesah becomes Queen Esther.  

The most wondrous thing about this tale is that it is absolutely true, but what makes it even more amazing is this: Haddesah is a Jew.  Today’s Jews still celebrate the festival of Purim, which commemorates her astonishing contribution to the nation of Israel.  How in the world did a Jewish orphan end up queen of a Persian court?

Artist's conceptual drawing of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Artist’s conceptual drawing of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Babylonian Captivity

If you’ve read our most recent blogs about Persian history and culture, you’ll remember the Babylonian captivity of the nation of Israel, by King Nebuchadnezzar, brought Israeli captives from Israel to Babylon.  Then Cyrus the Great conquered Babylon, so he inherited the lands Nebuchadnezzar controlled and the Jewish captives in Babylon.

The magnanimous Cyrus allowed all of his subjects to follow their own religious persuasions and he allowed Jewish captives to return home.  The book of Nehemiah tells the story of the return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall and the Temple.  However, not everyone wanted to return.

The Jews had been in Babylon for 70 years.  Many had been born there.  Many held important positions in the government of the Babylonians and continued to earn favors under Cyrus.  A life rebuilding their traditional home did not seem as desirable as continuing their pleasant sojourn under the auspices of the wise King Cyrus.

Susa today, a UNESCO world heritage site dates back to the time of Queen Esther
Susa today, a UNESCO world heritage site dates back to the time of Queen Esther

Enter Xerxes and the City of Susa

Susa is the city where the action in the book of Esther took place. While there are some scholars who tag Artaxerxes as the Persian king called Ahasuerus in the Book of Esther, most say Ahasuerus was Xerxes, the son of Darius.  Both kings made their home in Susa, a city which associated with both Daniel and Nehemiah, so one might say Haddesah was in the right place at the right time to save the Jewish nation.

Remember, at the time of Esther/Haddesah, Persia included everything from Turkey to India west to east and everything from Egypt to Russia south to north.  This means that the city of Jerusalem and its new temple were included.  It also means that far flung Jewish communities, like those still existing in Uzbekistan until today were under the rule of Queen Esther.

When the evil courtier Haman, frustrated by Queen Esther’s uncle Mordecai, tricked the King into allowing all the Jews of the Persian Empire to be killed, the entire Jewish race was within the reaches of the empire and they would have all been slain.  But King Ahasuerus didn’t know his queen was a Jew.  The wily Mordecai had insisted she keep this part of her history a secret.

Before revealing how Haman’s evil plot would reach into the palace of Susa and cost the king his queen, Esther and her ladies fasted and prayed.  The roll-out of Esther’s reveal contains cliff-hangers of the highest order, but they also demonstrate dramatically how the will of the Lord works out in the lives of real people – like the King and Queen of Persia, an evil courtier named Haman and Uncle Mordecai, who eventually became second only to the King in Persia.

Esther’s Friends

When Queen Esther wondered if it was indeed her place to approach the king about Haman’s scheme, her uncle told her it was likely God had placed her in her high position, “for such a time as this.”  Like Queen Esther, Global Heart Ministries has been placed in history at a very specific time – a time when technology has opened a window for the Gospel to shine its light into the Middle East and Central Asia.  We have no idea if this modern day miracle will continue, but as long as it does, like Esther, “thus [we] will go.”

Also, like Queen Esther, we have a group of ladies who join us in our endeavors.  We call them Esther’s Friends.  They pray for us, volunteer with us and donate to us on a regular basis, helping to further the Kingdom of God among the Persians and the Arabs.  If you’d like to join Esther’s Friends in our battle for the Gospel in the Middle East and Central Asia, contact our volunteer coordinator at jane.sadek@globalheartministries.org

Join Your Heart to Ours

Joining Esther’s Friends is just one of the ways you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

 

 

Open Your Heart on Valentine’s Day

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.
Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

HEARTS OVERFLOWING: ALL THEY NEED IS YOUR LOVE

Valentine’s Day Isn’t Just for Lovers Anymore

The world is changing.  Definitions, boundaries, and expectations are flexible.  Valentine’s Day is a great example.  What was once the private territory of romantic love is now celebrated by best friends, relatives, and lovers alike.  

In many places around the world, Valentine’s Day is just another day on the calendar and love, romantic or not, isn’t a consideration.  Their lives are filled with violence, turmoil, hate, and hopelessness.  Many of these people live in Central Asia and the Middle East.

TV Programming that Changes Lives

GHM  TV Personalities
GHM TV Personalities

Then one day, someone with a hurting heart tunes in to one of our television programs. Perhaps a friend recommended it or they happened on it while looking for something to watch.  Imagine their surprise when they see joyful people speaking in their very own heart language offering the gift of hope.

GHM programming is unique in that we reach out to the cultural heart to build a bridge to spiritual truth.  Most of our potential viewers have no interest in watching a religious program of any sort.  They are fed up with religion.  So we provide them something of interest and then offer something more:

 

Umida
Central Asian women discuss the challenges of divorced women or the plight of sex slaves in a viewer’s own country. The stories match the viewer’s own story. Imagine the joy of discovering the freedom Jesus Christ offers to the abused.
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A popular well-known musician is being interviewed by a smiling woman. Female viewers are intrigued, because smiling is foreign to them. Imagine learning Christ offers His joy to everyone.
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Central Asian men in a kitchen, preparing food for a special occasion, discuss the challenges of leading a family in difficult times. The viewer might watch to get the recipe, but he continues watching because answers to his own problems can be found in the Bible.
Abror & Animals
A delightful show about animals features an enthusiastic host from their own country describing an exotic species a family has never seen before. They’re happy to see the animal, but they are amazed that the same Creator God who equipped the animal to live in its habitat has also made provision for the viewers.


Evidence of Lives Changed

We know our programs are making a difference.  We train and mentor home pastors in our target countries, who tell us the miraculous results of people watching our programs.  We get calls, emails and texts from people begging to learn more about the Lord Jesus Christ and the God of the Bible.  We walk step-by-step in ministry with Central Asians and Middle Easterners who would still be walking in darkness, but for their encounter with Global Heart Ministries.

We may not be able to change the oppressive government regimes they live under or improve their financial outlook overnight, but when hope is introduced to their lives, they change.  Instead of living in fear, they invite persecution as a badge of honor.  An arrest is an opportunity to save the soul of a policeman.

While we are joyful at every life changed, we are also proud of contributing to positive changes happening in our target countries.  We have met Ministers of Culture who enjoy Sweet Conversations.  New presidents are holding ceremonies to introduce a Bible in the native tongue.  Policemen are as interested in grace as they are in writing a ticket.

A younger Steve Sharp being filmed for Turkmen TV
A younger Steve Sharp being filmed for Turkmen TV, 2008

Open Your Heart Capacity-Building Capital Campaign

Over a decade ago, Steve Sharp first traveled to Central Asia to record a praise and worship CD in the native heart language of the Turkmen people.  Today, Global Heart Media programs reach hundreds of millions in Central Asia and the Middle East in a variety formats and languages.  It’s been a long hard journey, full of joy to be sure, but challenging nonetheless.

God has gone before us opening doors and making opportunities for us, but the needs of the ministry are great.  We need more people on our staff.  Some of our filming and editing equipment is bordering on obsolete.  We have more opportunity than we have capacity to fulfill.  We need your support.

We need to raise more than one million dollars over and above our annual budget during the next two years to substantially increase and strengthen our reach.  In the coming days we’ll be telling you more about the Open Your Heart Capacity-Building Capital Campaign, but it’s not too early to participate.  We have already raised nearly $140,000 and your contribution could help us reach our ambitious goal.  Valentine’s Day would be a perfect time to show your love to the people in Central Asia and the Middle East who need it so badly.

Join Your Heart to Ours

Contributing to our Open Your Hearts Capacity-Building Capital Campaign is just one of the ways you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

How to Watch Us Over There

Modern technology brings the gospel right into the living room of Central Asian families.
Modern technology brings the gospel right into the living room of Central Asian families.

HEARTS ON THE MOVE: WATCHING TV IN CENTRAL ASIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

It’s Different Over There

Watching satellite broadcasting in our target countries is nothing like TV in the States, even if your service provider happens to be a satellite-based system.  Over here, we turn on the TV, hit the menu button and browse.  We can pick and choose between shows we’ve already recorded, the daily offerings of hundreds of channels and all the new computer-based services available.  Things are a little more complicated for our viewers in Central Asia and the Middle East.

Often, as we explain the persecution of Christians in our target countries and the measures regimes will go to in order to stop the sharing of the Gospel, people wonder why the cable and satellite companies are allowed to broadcast our programs.  Well, there are no cable and satellite companies in that part of the world, except for a few small operations by government entities, designed for the broadcast of their own propaganda.  If you want to watch TV, you have to buy and install your own satellite dish, as well as buy and install your own box to decode the signal.

Once you’ve gotten the right equipment, the process has only begun.  To watch a program broadcast on satellite, you actually have to point your own satellite dish at the right point in the sky to receive programming.  That means you can’t rely on a menu to make your selections.  You either have to randomly search the sky until you get lucky or you have to get the information you want about programming on the internet.

From time to time, we are asked to provide specific information about our satellite broadcasts, so we thought we’d share this information here on the blog.  Please feel free to pass this information on to people living in Central Asia and the Middle East – Believers and Unbelievers.  The wonder of today’s technology is that we can broadcast our programs, without any interference by religious or governmental authorities, right into the living rooms of our target countries.  If you’re not one of the people who need to calibrate your own satellite, this won’t make much sense, but if you do have to calibrate your own system or know someone who does, this will help.

Satellite Information

MOHABAT Satellite – http://www.mohabat.tv/

Azerbaijani Women’s Program, Sweet Conversations: Fri: 23:30, Sat: 5:30, 11:30, Sun: 0:00, 6:00, 12:00

Uzbek Children’s Program, Animal Land/Story Land: Sat: 19:00

Hot Bird 6, 13.0° East, Transponder 134, Frequency 11200 MHz Polarization: Vertical, Symbol Rate: 27., FEC 5/6 (Location for Satellite Access in CA)

SHEBAKAH 7—IranAlive TV Satellite – http://www.shabakeh7.com

Azerbaijani Women’s Program, Sweet Conversations: Mondays: 8:30 and 13:30

Uzbek Children’s Program, Animal Land/Story Land: Wed & Thurs: 10:30

Hot Bird 6, 13.0° East, Transponder 153, Downlink Frequency 11566 Polarization: Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27,500, FEC ¾ (Location for Satellite Access in CA)

KANAL HAYAT Satellite – http://kanalhayat.tv

Azerbaijani Women’s Program, Sweet Conversations: Friday: 23:00, Sat: 5:00, 11:00, 23:30, Sun: 5:30, 11:30

Uzbek Children’s Program, Animal Land/Story Land: Sat: 17:30

Hot Bird 6, 13.0° East, 11.179 GHz Polarization: Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27,500, FEC ¾ (Location for Satellite Access in CA)

SAT7 PARS Satellite – http://www.sat7pars.com

Coming January 2017!

Azerbaijani Women’s Program, Sweet Conversations: Schedule to be determined

Eutelsat Hot Bird 13B at 13° East, Frequency Txp 122, 10,949 MHz Polarization: Vertical (Location for Satellite Access in CA)

Online Program Access  – http://www.globalheartmedia.org http://www.ca7.tv

Available for local believers’ uploads of their own productions http://www.youtube.com – Search Global Heart Media http://www.vimeo.com – Search Global Heart Media

Everyone in Central Asia has a satellite!
Everyone in Central Asia has a satellite!

Join Your Heart to Ours

As one of Daniel’s Men of Valor or Esther’s Friends, you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached regions of the world.

A GHM Thanksgiving Story


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HEARTS OVERFLOWING:  STEVE SHARP, THANKSGIVING AND AIR FORCE ONE

When Duty Calls

Steve Sharp, President/Founder and CEO of GHM has a Thanksgiving story he loves to tell.  In Pre-GHM days, Steve was a Praise & Worship Minister.  One Thanksgiving Day about a decade ago, Steve received a telephone call from a young man who had once been a member of his choir.  Since his days in the choir, the young man had graduated from college and gone on to Washington D.C. to work in the government.

When Steve answered the phone he was delighted to hear from his ex-choir member.  “Where are you now?” Steve asked, wondering whether the young man were visiting home or stuck in D.C. for the holiday.

“I’m aboard Air Force One.”

“Air Force One!  That’s amazing!  Is the president onboard?”

“Yes he is and actually, he’s the reason I called you.”

A Song of Worship

Come to find out, the young man was on President George W. Bush’s staff and they were winging their way to Crawford, Texas.  President Bush wanted to have a Thanksgiving Worship Service aboard Air Force One for his staff and members of the press, but they needed a song sheet.  Steve’s one-time choir member mentioned his old Praise and Worship Minister.  The President asked his aide to give Steve a call.

Steve, of course, pulled something together and faxed it to Air Force One.  President Bush had his Thanksgiving Worship Service and then took the song sheets back to Crawford to use with his family’s celebration on the ranch.  We can’t help but wonder if Steve’s song sheet is stuck somewhere in a Bush family scrapbook or a member of the press’ journal.  We’ll probably never know, but it is fun to speculate.

Praise and Thanksgiving

This anecdote would please almost any music minister in any church, but it is especially poignant to Steve, because he now leads a ministry targeting Central Asia and the Middle East.  In our target countries, Christianity is forbidden and a holiday like Thanksgiving, devoted to thanking the God of the Bible for His blessings on a nation, is unthinkable.

When believers in our target countries get together to worship, there are no song sheets, because it would be considered evidence of proselytization.  They do not sing worship songs together, for fear they would be overheard and reported to the police.  Persecution is not something they fear, because it is part of the fabric of their lives.  They wouldn’t think of complaining about it, because their Bibles, if they have them, tell them to expect it.

Share the Overflowing Joy

You can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to explore this vision and consider being a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the most unreached regions of the world.

 

Remember GHM on Giving Tuesday

giving-tuesdayHEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST: GIVE TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL

Something Good from Social Media

Social media can be a mixed bag, but there is no question the internet phenomena can do a lot of good.  From finding pets lost in a tornado to raising awareness for important causes, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the rest of the social media sites have woven themselves into the fabrics of our lives.

One of the most generous ideas to come out of social media is #GivingTuesday.  As Black Friday madness peaked, lives were lost to raucous crowds while epic examples of self-gratification and selfishness dominated the news.  Amidst these tragedies of excess, along came an opportunity to give instead of consume.

Giving Tuesday was the brainchild of the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, and was announced in 2012 on Mashable.  According to the Non-Profit Hub, in its third year giving went up 63 percent, as Black Friday sales went in the other direction. Apparently it did feel pretty good to give.

Let Your Giving Count for the Gospel

If you’re considering a #GivingTuesday donation this year, we’d like for you to think of us.  Global Heart Ministries is taking the Gospel into the living rooms of Central Asia and the Middle East by broadcasting quality Christian programs via satellite.  This technology allows the Gospel to reach men, women and children no missionary would ever have the opportunity to meet.

While we welcome prayers, volunteering and donations every day of the year, we are particularly in need of your financial donation this holiday season.  We have a $128,000 shortfall in our budget and we need your help.  In Ezekiel 22:30, God is searching for someone to stand in the gap for Israel.  Today we need you to stand in the gap for us.

Help Reap the Harvest

You can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached regions of the world.

 

 

Living in the Time of Acts

dreamsHEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST: VISIONS, DREAMS & TECHNOLOGY

The Spirit is Moving in Central Asia and the Middle East

If you were chatting with your next door neighbor in your American suburb and they told you Jesus had come to them last night in a dream, what would you think?  Perhaps you’d assume they were a nut case or some sort of religious fanatic.  That’s a possibility, but if you were involved in ministry in Central Asia and the Middle East, real dreams of Jesus, visions and prophesy are every day occurrences.

Members of the GHM staff recently attended a conference for organizations ministering to one of our target countries.  We heard story after story of believers who were wrenched away from Islam by experiences similar to the apostle Paul.  We were reminded over and over of Acts 2:17:

“And it shall be in the last days,” God says,”That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”

We know just how real these testimonies of dreams and visions are, because we hear about them so frequently from the people we minister to.  We’d like to share one of the stories we heard at the conference, but for the sake of security, we can’t tell you the country or the name of the believer.  It doesn’t really matter, because we’ve heard the same sort of story so many times from  many of our target countries, but we’ll call this believer Sophia.

Jesus Came in a Dream

sewing-machineSophia was a good Muslim.  She ran a school for tailors in a major city.  She was married and had a daughter.  Things were as good as they could be in that part of the world.

Then one night, Jesus came to Sophia in a dream.  He revealed the Gospel to her and told her how to get a Bible.  The experience was so remarkable that Sophia immediately believed and she got her Bible by means that most of us would consider miraculous.

phoneTwo Years in Isolation, Then a Church

For two years Sophia never met another believer in her country.  She watched some Christian programming via satellite and called the number on the screen.  When she called, she was connected to a woman who became her spiritual mentor.  They communicated almost daily over the phone, but she knew no other believers.  After awhile she shared her faith with her husband who also believed, but they were completely isolated from any of the worship and fellowship American believers so casually take for granted.

When the two years were up, Sophia’s phone mentor suggested it was time for her to start a secret church in her home.  Sophia couldn’t believe she was called to do any such thing.  For one thing, she had this very busy tailoring school operating out of her home.  How could she also operate a secret church in the same place.

Like Gideon, Sophia laid out a fleece – one she thought was pretty safe.  If no one signed up for the next session of her wildly popular  tailoring school, then she should start a church.  Needless to say, all her potential students melted away and when the session’s deadline came along, there was no one to teach.

With fear and trepidation, Sophia started her secret house church with the help of her phone mentor.  Things went well for awhile, but then one of the church’s members was arrested.  She was alerted of the danger and was not even able to pack a bag.  She and her family became refugees in a strange land.  Eventually, they came to America where she now ministers to her fellow countrymen using the same broadcast technology GHM does.

 

Help Reap the Harvest

You can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached regions of the world.