Letter from President Luker: New Opportunities for “Beyond Today”
July 5, 2012
God has opened an incredible new door to increase our efforts to preach the gospel of His Kingdom in all the world (see Revelation 3:8)! Beginning July 8, our television program, Beyond Today, will air every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) on the World Harvest Television network, which reaches 25 million households in the United States. This is in addition to the millions of households we are already able to reach every Sunday on WGN America and the WORD Network, and on nationwide television across Canada and Australia.
Also beginning on July 8, Beyond Today will be broadcast at 1:00 p.m. (GMT+2) each Sunday on Middle East Television (METV). Based in Cyprus, this 28-year-old station is available in every television home in Israel. It also reaches a potential audience of 200 million viewers in 22 Muslim countries. Our telecasts will be subscripted in Arabic at no additional cost to the church.
And additionally, starting July 8, Beyond Today will air every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. (GMT+2) on Far East Television (FETV). Our TV programs will reach viewers in nations throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. Far East Television has a potential audience of 4.3 billion people in 135 countries! You can see a full television station listing of all the stations and networks we’re on in The Good News magazine, and on our website at www.ucg.org/beyond-today/channels/.
This is truly amazing, brethren, when you consider the magnitude of what God has done! He has opened a huge door for us to preach the good news of His soon coming Kingdom to rule this earth and bring peace and prosperity to all nations. This is a message of hope desperately needed by all people in every nation.
I want to thank you, brethren, for your fervent prayers and faithful financial support of God’s work in the United Church of God. We are sincerely striving to serve and obey God and do His will and work on earth. Your love, loyalty and works of service are deeply appreciated!
Here at the home office in Cincinnati, Ohio, we are working together in peace and unity to accomplish God’s work. We all love one another and enjoy working together. As a result, God is opening many doors and blessing us with new opportunities to do His work and serve others.
I would like to ask for your prayers regarding the need for a larger and improved television studio so that we can produce even better and higher quality programs. We have a great team working together, and they do an amazing job considering the small size of the studio and the equipment available. And please pray for our three TV presenters, Darris McNeely, Steve Myers and Gary Petty, that God will continue to inspire and strengthen them and help them grow stronger and wiser in preaching and teaching His truth! They need our prayers and support even more with the expansion of our Beyond Today TV program into many more countries around the world.
I am reminded of the apostle Paul’s words to the brethren at Thessalonica, where he has a very similar request: “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1, King James Version). We too pray to see the gospel message, the Word of God, preached around the world freely, without obstruction.
And one final matter that I would like to share with you and ask you to pray about. God has blessed the United Church of God with a good, steady income because of your faithfulness in tithes and offerings, and we are doing well considering the church split we went through about 18 months ago. But now we are growing and expanding our efforts to preach the gospel and prepare a people.
So what am I asking you to pray about? It is this: that God will provide the “faith line,” an extra one million dollars income that we have included in our new budget, on faith, in order to keep growing and moving forward. Our treasurer, Aaron Dean, included this same amount in last year’s fiscal budget as a faith line—trusting God to provide the extra income that we would need to balance our budget—and God did provide it!
I am asking you to please pray that God will provide what we need this year as well, so that we will not need to make any reductions in preaching the gospel and providing for our churches and ministry. We can be encouraged that as we submit to His will that our God “shall supply all [our] need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
Thank you, dear brethren, for your fervent prayers and loyal support! Thank you for your love for God and His work on earth.
Sincerely, in Christ’s service,