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"3ABN and Amazing Facts to Unite Ministries"

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The following media release from 3ABN says essentially what the one from Amazing Facts says, with a few differences.

It is our understanding that the 3ABN media release below is the original, and that Amazing Facts edited it to produce theirs. The 3ABN original is no longer posted on 3ABN's site, but has been replaced by the Amazing Facts version (see original as cached by Google (may be viewable in MSIE only)).

Press Release – 4/19/2007

3ABN AND AMAZING FACTS TO UNITE MINISTRIES

MEDIA RELEASE

For More Information, Contact:
Mollie Steenson, 3ABN General Manager
Office: 618.627.4651, ext. 3009
mollie.steenson@3abn.org

3ABN AND AMAZING FACTS TO UNITE MINISTRIES

"If Christians were to act in concert, moving forward as one, under the direction of one Power, for the accomplishment of one purpose, they would move the world."-- Testimonies, vol. 9, p. 221.

West Frankfort, IL – April 19, 2007 – Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) and Amazing Facts Ministries today announced upcoming plans for uniting the two international Christian media ministries. Lauding the global platform for evangelism this union will create, the Boards of Directors of both ministries unanimously approved moving toward joining the ministries under a new board and constituency.

Founded in 1984, 3ABN began broadcasting on November 23, 1986 and now transmits its signal to nine satellites that carry it to every inhabited continent with a potential viewing audience of hundreds of millions. In addition to its English-speaking television network, 3ABN operates 3ABN Books, 3ABN Radio and 3ABN Latino Television networks, along with a 3ABN television and radio production center in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The ministry has also announced plans to launch the 3ABN International Network before the year's end. The second largest Christian network in North America (in numbers of owned and operated UHF stations), 3ABN also has full-power stations in Papua New Guinea, Uganda, and the Philippines.

Beginning with a fifteen-minute radio broadcast in 1966, Amazing Facts has grown into a successful soul-winning dynamo. For over forty years Amazing Facts has provided strong evangelistic, ministry through an array of services that include evangelistic training through the Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism (AFCOE), a team of live itinerant evangelists, publishing, radio and television broadcasts, Bible school and a popular internet ministry.

While there are still a number of organizational details to be worked out, with good council both ministries are confident these things can be accomplished rapidly. For the immediate future we anticipate most of the normal operations at both ministries will remain the same. Our goal will be to optimize greater evangelistic impact to the world, more efficient service to the body of Christ and better stewardship of resources through this dynamic partnership.

In making the announcement, 3ABN's Founder Danny Shelton stated, "We're excited about uniting our ministries, which will accelerate our array of evangelistic services to reach the multitudes. The Spirit-filled speakers of Amazing Facts will share the undiluted truth of God's Word on 3ABN's global platform. The ministries will mobilize an army of Christians to conduct Bible studies in cities worldwide. Time is shortówe need to maximize our efforts to reach lost souls."

Doug Batchelor, Amazing Facts President/Speaker, commented, "This uniting of ministries will expand our operations and forge an impressive team of Christian managers who bring their unique talents and reputation for visionary leadership to the new organization. Our union will surely lead to greater effectiveness and economy in spreading the gospel to the world. We're really excited about this comprehensive opportunity to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ."

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Danny Shelton comments, "Through God's miraculous blessing He has allowed me to witness 23 years of the unfolding of the vision for 3ABN. I truly believe that this historic partnership with Amazing Facts is a continuation of the vision and can only say with calm assurance, God is leading."

Doug Batchelor states, "In 1844 Samuel Morse sent the first electronic message. Quoting from Numbers 23:23 'What hath God wrought!' Media has now become for the proclamation of the Gospel what the printing press was 500 years ago. The union of these two dynamic ministries represents a miraculous milestone and opportunity to fulfill the great commission. It's hard to describe the staggering potential! I simply stand in awesome wonder declaring. 'What hath God wrought!' As 3ABN and Amazing Facts join hands and hearts, wonderful things can happen to expand Jesus' Kingdom."

"The secret of our success in the work of God will be found in the harmonious working of our people. There must be concentrated action. Every member of the body of Christ must act his part in the cause of God, according to the ability that God has given him. We must press together against obstructions and difficulties, shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart.--Review and Herald, Dec. 2, 1890."

"'Press together; press together,' are the words of our divine Instructor. Unity is strength; disunion is weakness and defeat." {CH 517.3}

"Again and again the angel has said to me, 'Press together, press together, be of one mind, of one judgment,' Christ is the leader, and you are brethren; follow Him.--Letter 4, 1890." {Ev 102.1}

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