On the eve of our one-year anniversary, Bob got the big news Friday evening via email. The Prophecy Watchers TV program has been approved for broadcast on The Church Channel and their potential audience of over 1 BILLION people worldwide. Soon our programs will be reaching into the four corners of the world—the Middle East, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and India—along with many other places we can’t wait to visit—digitally!
ALL AFTER JUST ONE YEAR IN MINISTRY!
In another “double blessing” we were offered a time slot on the local TBN station here in OKC, KTBO-14, reaching the million-plus person audience here in our own hometown. Who could imagine God would have brought us this far, this fast? Are we ready for this huge step? Ready or not, here it is. How this all came about is just as miraculous, with some well-known broadcasting friends, names you would all recognize instantly, teaming up to get us in the door at The Church Channel with a high recommendation. Their exact email quote to us was, “We love Gary Stearman and would love to have him back on our network.” I read the email at my son’s kitchen table Friday night and I’m sure my voice was shaking. Our year-long dream had come true! We have a worldwide audience once again! God is so good! Where will He send us next? We will simply wait for the next open door.
With growth and rapid expansion comes the financial fallout—a harsh reality check if you will. I know this will shock many of you, but believe it or not some Christian networks can cost as much as $10,000 for a single half-hour broadcast! How will we ever afford the technical things we need to air on The Church Channel’s HD Network? Our cameras do just fine for regular TV, but we are entering a new world where broadcast-quality television is not just a necessity, it’s a requirement. This will really grab you—some studio cameras at the major networks can cost up to $500,000!
We won’t need near that much of course, but we will need upgraded cameras and tripods, better studio lighting, a vectroscope for balancing colors and lighting and some other camera incidentals. We are estimating we will need $50,000-$75,000 to build things out properly as we get ready to launch worldwide. We are awaiting a final cost estimate from the professionals who will build out “Studio #2.”
But what about our existing cameras that so many generous people helped us acquire? Believe me, they’re about to start working overtime. Since the day we moved into our building we have always talked about the 2nd and 3rd studios that this beautiful building affords us. Last month we started construction on our garage conversion—it will be completed this coming week and will become our new shipping headquarters.
Next is the 2nd television studio that we’re tentatively calling “The Green Room.” This 2nd studio will be used for intimate, one-on-one interviews with guests—a way for you to actually get to know men like L.A. Marzulli, Brent Miller, Bill Salus, Tom Horn, Bill Koenig and Avi Lipkin. It will be great for you to hear their testimonies. Then there’s a new burgeoning video entity—the “Ask Gary Studio” where Gary will answer more of your many questions. Then there’s the extra interviews that never make it to network TV—you’d be surprised at many shows never make it to the air. We have high hopes for this—a place where our guests can let their hair down, relax a bit, and discuss all sorts of prophetic subjects without the time clock of network TV ticking. This has been Gary’s dream and we think you are going to love it.
The cherry on the sundae? Shortly after we received the email from The Church Channel, we received another semi-shocking email from the gentleman who provided us with the first $100,000 matching gift—the donation that really launched The Prophecy Watchers. I’d been keeping him abreast of our plans for a worldwide expansion and when he heard about long-anticipated Church Channel announcement, he offered us “Matching Gift Fund #2” with a $50,000 contribution. Talk about the Lord’s provision—our need was met almost instaneously! I suspect the Lord knew our needs even before we did! This man is famous for telling me and I quote, “Bob, don’t worry. The Lord will provide.” Once again the Lord, along with this generous man, have come to our aid to take this ministry to new places to share the Gospel message. Will you join in to help us finish the job God has assigned to us?
Your tax-deductible gift to Prophecy Watchers, Inc. will be matched dollar for dollar by him up to $50,000. What a blessing. You can donate right here at our bookstore by locating the proper dollar amount of your donation ranging form $10 to $1,000.
Or, you can use PayPal to make your donation of any amount online.
Or, as always, you can send a check to our ministry’s PO Box here in Oklahoma City.
Prophecy Watchers, Inc.—PO Box 20530—OKC, OK 73156-0530
Gary and I want to say a big THANK YOU to each of you who have allowed us to get this far. The Lord has been good. And we are trusting Him to continue to provide for this ministry’s needs.
God bless you for your generosity. You are greatly appreciated.
Gary and Bob
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