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“I the Lord have called thee . . . and will hold thine hand . . . and will give thee . . . for a light to the gentiles.” ISAIAH 42:6

AH, DEAR PARTNERS, who could have dreamed such a miracle: SEVEN, yes, SEVEN full power TV stations in a day! And in a nation that we had tried so hard to penetrate — the nation of Spain!

For over ten years we tried with a little low power station in Madrid, the capital city. Shortly after coming on the air, powerful, mysterious forces began jamming our signal! We complained to the authorities, but to no avail. Even with the jamming, about one third of Madrid could get a poor, but viewable picture. Our Enlace partners produced vital Spanish language programs for the station. After much prayer, and the help of a few Spanish partners, we bought a channel on Hispasat, the Spanish satellite covering Spain and all of Europe. The problem: very few viewers had the small direct-to-home satellite dishes to receive us. Even so, station manager Pablo Vasquez and our little TV staff and crew in Madrid pressed on as our all Christian TV programming began to take root. Ah, but God:

“But this is a people robbed and spoiled . . . they are hid in prison houses . . . and none delivereth”! Isa. 42:22

The prophet seems to be weeping as he cries out on behalf of these people. Yes, I know he is calling for help and rescue for his own Jewish people, but remember our opening Scripture? He is also calling out, “For a light to the Gentiles” (Isa. 42:6). Dear partners, that is us — yes, you and me. Ah, hear his final cry: “Who among you will give ear to this? Who will hearken and hear for the time to come?” (Isa. 42:23). Years ago I wrote on the margin of my bible, “WE WILL!” My question to you today is: WILL WE NOW?

Ah, glory be to God, He has opened a massive new door: seven full power TV stations covering Madrid, plus the cities of Alcala´ de Henares, Mo´stoles, Fuenlabrada, Murcia, Cartagena, and Lorca. And now with satellite coverage we are virtually available to all 40 plus million souls in the great nation of Spain! Praise the Lord God Most High!

What joy overflowed us as Pablo, Matt, Laurie, and I produced our first full power Praise the Lord program on our beautiful new set in our own TV studio with over 200 enthusiastic Spanish partners!

How sweet the memory of 14 years ago as precious Jonas Gonzales, Sr. and I cut the ribbon and dedicated the Madrid TV studio building to the Lord! Dear Jonas left us a few years ago, but his son Jonas, Jr. is carrying on. So, yes, Hispanic souls of the world, we will “give ear,” we will “hearken and hear for [this] time to come” (Isa. 42:23)!

Ah, dear partners, there is yet another assignment, another blessing from the prophet’s pen. The great Apostle Paul had, no doubt, read this awesome prophecy from Isaiah. He, as we know from his many writings, was especially called to reach the Gentiles. From Paul’s writing to the Romans, we see that he had a burden and calling to Spain for he records:

“Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you . . . .” Rom. 15:24

Paul was actually on his way to Jerusalem to deliver a gift of money from Asia to the poor saints in Israel. We see in one final note that he surely desired to come to Spain:

“When therefore I have performed this [gift of money] . . . I will come by you into Spain.” Rom. 15:28

It is doubtful whether or not Paul ever made it to Spain. It is quite clear that when he got to Rome he was imprisoned there until his martyrdom and departure to heaven. That being true, we have the joy, yes, the blessed assignment of completing Paul’s desire of bringing the Gospel to Spain!

Yes, I know, many claim that the Christian faith has come to Spain, and yes, I will agree that the church of Jesus Christ stands as He said it would! But, dear partners, the vast majority of Spaniards do not know the glorious Holy Spirit's living power and blessing from heaven as we know it!

So, where do you and I come in? Of course, prayer — we must have the power of Pentecost or everything we do is for naught!

Yes, I know, many claim that the Christian faith has come to Spain, and yes, I will agree that the church of Jesus Christ stands as He said it would! But, dear partners, the vast majority of Spaniards do not know the glorious Holy Spirit's living power and blessing from heaven as we know it!

So, where do you and I come in? Of course, prayer — we must have the power of Pentecost or everything we do is for naught!

Next, with the digital conversion, all our old-fashioned equipment is obsolete! We must equip the Madrid station with new cameras, switchers, and on and on with up-to-date technical stuff till our eyes glaze over! I’m actually scared to ask our tech department as to how much. Rest assured it will be thousands of Euros, which means even more in U.S. dollars!

“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions." –JOEL 2:28

Dear partners, we have never failed to go through any of God’s OPEN DOORS! I know you will hear me and the voice of our wonderful Lord!

How Jan and I love you and trust you to go with us one more mile. I feel it is prophetic that as we celebrate 40 years of God’s miracles, He gives us another 40 million souls to reach with His glorious Good News!

At 79, I’m going — who will go with me?

I love you—

From 1999: Paul and Enlace founder, Jonas Gonzalez, Sr., during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the dedication of the Madrid studio.

Spanish author, historian and TV personality Cesar Vidal spoke with Matt, Paul and Laurie during TBN’s first international Praise program from Madrid.

The service was translated from English to Spanish and provided to the audience “U.N.” style via headphones.

The Crouches with Madrid station manager, Pablo Vazquez, at the Plaza de Cibeles, symbol of the city of Madrid.

The Martins provided beautiful, anointed music ministry during the Praise program.

Laurie and Matt addressed the audience with the help of translator Isel Rivas.

TBN’s studio in Madrid is gearing up to produce new programs that will take the Name of Jesus across Spain!

TBN-Europe operations manager Richard Fleming and Paul in the Madrid station’s master control room.

Praise and worship Spanish style with Christian gypsy music ministry group, “Vino Nuevo.”

Watching TBN via iPhone in Toledo, Spain.