The following account is based on reports filed by correspondents Peter Geiger (Akron, Ohio) and Nell Kennedy (Tokyo):
Evangelist Rex Humbard has a vision. He says it came to him in the wee hours upon his return from preaching in the Orient in March. In the vision, he said, God told him he had completed twenty-five years of preaching the Gospel on television and could finish the job of reaching the whole word with the message of salvation “this year.”
An impossible task?
“All you need is another translator and another transmitter and God’s people to help, and all nations will hear God’s message of salvation, because the door is open now,” Humbard quotes God as saying.
This month, which marks the silver anniversary of his ministry on television, the 57-year-old evangelist plans to share his vision with his congregation at the Cathedral of Tomorrow in Akron—and with his TV audience. He intends to ask each listener for a gift of $25 ($1 for each year he’s been on television) to enable him to broadcast the Gospel “over every country in the world before the end of the year.”
Humbard’s services, videotaped from auditoriums and stadiums around North America and in foreign lands, are telecast over 543 TV stations to an estimated audience of 20 million or more. The programs are seen in fourteen foreign countries and protectorates, and they are aired by shortwave radio to many other parts of the world. Contributors send in $1.2 million a month to keep him going.
Despite increasing nationalism worldwide and the uneasiness overseas about American influence on TV, Humbard seems to have won acceptance in many circles abroad.
At the beginning of a rally the evangelist conducted in Ottawa on the night before Palm Sunday, two Canadian maple-leaf ...1
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