Bring Uzbekistan Home and Invite Your Friends

Chef Abror and his guest Aziz

HEARTS OVERFLOWING: SHARE THE GHM MISSION IN A FUN, TASTY EVENING

Your Friends Will Be Talking About This For a Long Time

Imagine inviting your friends to enjoy an Uzbek feast prepared by the host of a popular cooking show.  It’s easier than you think!  All you have to do is invite your friends, open up your home for an evening and then enjoy the honor of being the host or hostess of a party your friends will remember and talk about for years to come.

Abror and Umida

The chef will be Abror, the host of Hayot Noni (Bread of Life), GHM’s Uzbek Men’s Testimony and Cooking Show.  Your friends will enjoy delicious dishes from Uzbekistan which have been featured on the show and have the opportunity to chat with Abror and his wife Umida, host of Shukar Aytaman (I Am Thankful), our Uzbek Women’s Program, about their home country, their programs and their lives.

In the past few weeks, a member of our East Texas Network test-drove this concept at her home.  Her guests couldn’t get enough of the food, loved chatting with Umida and Abror, and then learned a little more about GHM’s mission and our needs from CEO/President and Founder, Steve Sharp.  The guests were enthralled by the work of GHM and the only problem was getting everyone to head home.

Is Your Home Next?

If this sounds like an evening you’d like to host, we encourage you to contact us and reserve a date for your very special event.  We promise to help make your event a breeze to host, a joy to attend and a memory you will cherish.

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

Share the Overflowing Joy

Hosting an Uzbek evening in your home 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 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.

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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.

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.

Little Bear Travels to Azerbaijan and Beyond

HEARTS ON THE MOVE: STORY LAND TAKES FLIGHT

A Change of Venue

If you were about eight years old and you lived in Uzbekistan, your favorite program might be Hikoyalar Zamini (Story Land) and your favorite character might be Ayipolvon, Strong Puppet Bear. (At GHM we call him, Little Bear, but an Uzbek never would.)  Perhaps your mom likes to watch Shukar Aytayman (I Am Thankful), a women’s talk show, and your dad is a big fan of Hayot Noni (Bread of Life), where men discuss life while cooking special meals.

If you’re an eight year old Azeri, in Azerbaijan or Iran, your mom might watch Sirin Sobat (Sweet Conversations), but if you wanted to enjoy Little Bear, you’d have to know how to understand Uzbek–and we’re working on that.  Little Bear is coming to Azerbaijan!

A Change of Language

The most expensive item in our budget is the production of new episodes.  It takes a huge investment of resources to produce the 13 episode series required by the satellites to broadcast our programming.  The response we get from our audience makes it worthwhile. How can you put a value on hearts being won to the Good News of Jesus Christ?  We can’t, but we only have a limited amount of resources available to us for producing programming.

Much of what is aired on Central Asian and Middle Eastern television is American television shows and movies with subtitles.  Some programs have the native languages dubbed in, but usually the dubbing is quickly and cheaply done and it shows.  The dialog does not match the moving mouths of the speakers.  We’ve all seen foreign films like that. It’s distracting and takes away from the enjoyment of watching.

However, there is a dubbing procedure called lip-synch dubbing that is almost invisible to the audience.  The translation is carefully timed to match the each movement of the mouth.  A video specialist might pick it up immediately, but the casual audience will most likely not even notice.  That’s what we’re using to take  Ayipolvon  (Little Bear) to Azerbaijan.

When we take the message of Christ to unbelievers in Central Asia and the Middle East, we don’t want anything to get in the way of the message.  That’s the reason natives from that part of the world, speaking their own heart languages, host our programs. However, because of the cost of associated with creating new programming, we are taking advantage of lip-synch dubbing to bring Little Bear to Azerbaijani-speaking children.

Rest assured that native Azerbaijani speakers are the ones dubbing in the new language for Little Bear.  In fact, in January we introduced you to Timothy, an Azerbaijani musician who is helping us with this project.

Join Your Heart to Ours

By partnering with Global Heart Ministries in projects like lip-synch dubbing programs, you are helping 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.

Happy 2017 from GHM

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Our GHM Samovar

HEARTS OVERFLOWING: LOOKING AHEAD

Let’s Share Some Tea

Celebrating the New Year with family and friends is a tradition throughout Central Asia and the Middle East.  In each home, a gracious hostess pours tea for her guests from a piping hot samovar. In some cultures the tradition is to fill the glass to the brim to show the depth of the home’s hospitality.  In others, a full tea glass would be a rude suggestion to drink your tea and leave, so the hostess would only give you a few sips at time.  Let’s pretend you’ve dropped by for a visit, but you’ll have to pour your own cup of tea.

A Little Music in the Kitchen
A Little Music in the Kitchen

Sharing Memories

All around the globe, the turn of the year is a time to look back over the past twelve months.  What kind of year was it for you?  We hope it was filled with special memories and a bounty of blessings.

The GHM year was amazing in many respects, thanks to the blessings of our Lord and our generous donors.  Here are a few highlights:

  • Filmed new seasons for our Uzbek Animal Show, Azerbaijani Women’s Talk Show and our Uzbek Men’s Cooking & Testimony Show. (Hayvonot Zamini – Animal World, Sirin Sohbat Sweet Conversations and Hayot Noni – Bread of Life.)
  • Grew the number of satellites broadcasting our programs and doubled the hours of broadcasting.
  • Our Central Asian teaching pastor trained and spiritually supported almost 150 house pastors.
  • Kicked off Connect, a phone & text counseling system to compliment our broadcasts.
  • Hosted the first Open Hearts High Tea, a heartwarming success, and introduced Esther’s Friends, Women Serving God through GHM.  (Men desiring to serve God through GHM are welcomed to join the new Daniel’s Men of Valor.)
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    A Night of Dreams

    Held our annual Fundraising Gala, A Night of Dreams – truly a dream come true.

  • Traveled thousands of miles to share the Gospel and the story of GHM.  We also had several opportunities to enrich our knowledge of our target region and its people groups.
  • Re-branded our newsletter, The Global Heart Beat, and our e-news, The Pulse.  Began posting two blogs a week on a regular basis and ramped-up other social media interactions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 
  • Became an approved charity on Amazon Smile.
On the Set of I am Thankful
On the Set of I am Thankful

Looking Ahead

No New Year’s Celebration would be complete without sharing best wishes for the coming months.  What do you have planned for 2017?  We hope the entire year is a smashing success for you and yours.

Here are a few things we hope to accomplish this year:

  • Film more new seasons beginning in March with our Uzbek Women’s Talk Show (Shukar Aytaman – I Am Thankful).
  • Develop our Connect Counselor Team to include more counselors and more languages.
  • Lip-synch dub our current inventory of Uzbek programs into the Azerbaijani language to widen their audience. (More about this on Thursday.)
  • Translate and dub the movie Shawn into Farsi for broadcast in Iran.
  • Build Partnerships with other ministries operating in our target countries
Open Hearts High Tea
Open Hearts High Tea
  • Host the next Open Hearts High Tea and an Annual Fundraiser, to grow our volunteer team and expand our budget.
  • We have rights to other projects, like an animated series called Friends and Heroes, we’d like to dub into our target languages, if we get funding.

These dreams only scratch the surface of our hopes for 2017.  We hope you’ll partner with us to make these dreams a reality.

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

Share the Overflowing Joy

You can partner with Global Heart Ministries in 2017 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.

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.

Remember GHM on Giving Tuesday

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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.

 

 

Healing Hurting Hearts Across the Globe

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Reaching the Cultural Heart

The world is looking for hope, but most people don’t realize Jesus Christ is that hope.  In fact, many in Central Asia and the Middle East think they already know everything they need to know about Christianity and they want no part of it.  Here at GHM, we get a little creative in our endeavors to reach hurting hearts, so they can hear the message we share.  We call it reaching the cultural heart to share the our spiritual message.

We go to many extremes to accomplish this that others might see as unnecessary, but we’ve learned how vital it is to the message we share.  The hosts of our shows were born in the countries we minister to.  They are native speakers of the programs’ heart languages. We go to great lengths to ensure the guests featured in our productions are natives also; born in the countries and speaking the heart languages, just like the hosts.   We are careful about each item on our sets, so nothing reveals our productions are created in the US, rather than the target country.  The music on our shows come from the nations for which they are produced.  We want nothing to harden the hearts of our viewers to the message we bring.

dsc_0216We package our message in engaging formats to draw in people who would never turn on a “religious” program.  Talk shows on women’s issues, men’s cooking shows, and animal shows enjoyed by the entire family are our entertainment vehicles.  We have talked to many people who watch our shows and “overlook” our message…at least until the Holy Spirit gets a hold on them.

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Since the very beginning we have encouraged our viewers to contact us through our websites and email.  We heard from many of them, but we needed a tool to effectively mentor these hurting hearts.  So, back in August, we kicked off Connect, a counseling service for our viewers.  Connect capitalizes on the emotional heart response of our viewers’ and turns it into a relationship, just like Sophia’s story from last week.

Connect uses a computer program called ECHO to provide secure phone and text counseling, allowing us to reach across the world in one-to-one conversations.  Our new broadcasts feature a banner along the bottom of the screen, encouraging viewers to call us.  When they first call, in order to protect them, all we do is get contact information.  Then we can call them back on our secure system, which has never been breached.  Some callers want to know more about Jesus.  Others are struggling with addiction, witchcraft, divorce or abuse and just need someone to talk to.  With Connect, we can be that someone.

Connect is still in its infancy and we’ve faced some challenges.  Earning enough trust for our viewers to actually make the call is a huge hurdle. Even then, some callers are angry and all they want to do is scream abuse at our counselors.  Even though our invitations are made in Uzbek and Azerbaijani, many times our callers are Farsi-speakers.  In these instances we are able to patch theses callers through to our ministry partners at Mohabat TV.

Connect is still very new, but we can already see how valuable it is to our callers.  Right now we only offer the phone number on a limited basis, because we only have a few counselors who are able to answer the calls, but we look forward to a day when we’ll have counselors available around the clock and our phone number will be offered on every broadcast.

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

Join Your Heart to Ours

By supporting Connect, 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 Night of Dreams Afterglow

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And Then God…

By any measure, A Night of Dreams was a resounding success.  Not that everything went perfectly, of course, but at the end of the night, everything God wanted out of the evening happened.

We’d been working on the event for months, but while it seemed like most things were moving along according to our plans, the small number of reservations had us worried. One week before the event, we actually downsized everything.  We put on our practical hats and looked at things with our human eyes.  We counted the reservations, tailored the scope of the event to fit the number and believed God would bless our efforts – even if the staff and volunteers were going to outnumber the guests.

Then, the floodgates opened.  Our downsized plans had to be up-sized.  We added tables and squeezed in an extra person at each table.  By mid-week, we were re-opening the second conference room to accommodate everyone.  We were thrilled, but we were exhausted!  We’d planned one party over a matter of months.  A week before the event we re-organized it to a much more intimate affair, then God stretched our plans beyond our expectations.

Down to the Wire

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Mid-afternoon on Friday before the party

By early Friday afternoon, A Night of Dreams began to take shape, but we had a long way to go.  Preparations went on into the evening. Saturday morning, GHM staffers and volunteers were back in the room, getting lights and sound equipment set up.  At two, more staffers and volunteers came in for the final touches.

At five p.m., members of the Esther’s Friends Good Works Team arrived and gathered for a brief training session.  Almost immediately, guests began to arrive, even though things were not supposed to kick off until six.  A Night of Dreams had begun!

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Turkish Delight

Welcome to A Night of Dreams

Volunteers greeted each guest and guided them to the name tag table.  Next stop was a table covered in platters of Turkish Delight, a real Central Asian/Middle Eastern treat.   From there guests were given a program and urged to check out the items on the Silent Auction and other attractions inside the party.

GHM TV Personalities
GHM TV Personalities

 

As guests enjoyed a variety of entertainments, including a Silent Auction and visits with our TV hosts, our celebrity emcee, Jake Pavelka arrived. After a brief visit with our staff, he stepped up on the stage and kicked off the official activities.  During the evening, our guests enjoyed toe-tapping music, cried over tender testimonies and then opened their hearts and pocketbooks to the pressing needs our ministry serves.  The evening was full of even more surprises, mysteries, and excitement, creating an evening we’ll all remember for a long time.

 

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.