3ABN AND AMAZING FACTS TO UNITE MINISTRIES
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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.
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
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
"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.
"'Press together; press together,' are the words of our divine
Instructor. Unity is strength; disunion is weakness and defeat."
"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."