Our recent news coverage has been focused on Andrew and Jamie's autumn trip to Europe, during which they visited England, Germany, Poland and Hungary. Several AWM staff members also traveled with Andrew and Jamie, including the ministry's Media Operations Manager and television department head, Stephen Bransford. Stephen documented much of the journey through Europe via video camera. Using Stephen's script and raw footage, Michael Coward, also of AWM's TV department, produced the following documentary-style overview sharing ministry highlights of Andrew's travels. We're pleased to be able to share this television department production with you.
As AWM shares the truth of the Gospel with the body of Christ the ministry’s influence continues to grow. One of the indications of this growth can be found in the consistent request for Andrew’s books to be translated into foreign languages. During their European trip this fall, Andrew and Jamie became more aware of the ministry’s far-reaching growth.
While in Hungary, Andrew visited the location that serves as the ministry’s local AWM office. The humble house, reminiscent of the ministry’s stateside beginnings in Manitou Springs, Colorado, also doubles as AWM’s European book distribution center. The site contains tens of thousands of Andrew’s books. The office and distribution center operate under the oversight of native Hungarian and CBC England graduate, Zsolt Katona. Andrew was pleasantly surprised to find that his books have been translated into 36 languages.
Andrew had this to say about the increasing call for and reception of new translations,
“It’s just amazing what’s happening. As a matter of fact, while we were there, there was another language they’d found that they were translating. And so, tremendous things are happening.”
Andrew’s books have been translated in 11 languages in Europe alone: In addition to English, 12 of his books have been translated in Hungarian, 11 in Dutch, 11 in German, 11 in Czech, nine in Russian, seven in French, five in Italian and five in Polish, the majority of which are available in print through the distribution center. Several other language translations have been completed and await publication including three in Romanian, two in Albanian and two in Swedish. A number of other translations are currently in progress in Finnish, Latvian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Slovakian and Danish.
“I felt like this trip to Europe was unique and there was a feeling everywhere we went that the ministry has a life of its own. The message is changing so many lives in so many ways, it’s growing underneath our feet. We’re being lifted up literally, by a tide that’s bigger than any of us,” said Stephen Bransford, AWM’s Media Operations Manager.
The ministry is also growing across foreign soil outside the UK. Sixteen nations outside Europe are experiencing the increased desire for translated materials as well. Numerous books have been published in Thai, Burmese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tibetan, Afrikaans, Zulu, Pakistani, Indonesian, Tamil, Burundi, Ghanaian, Filipino, Tanzanian and in Indian dialects.
In addition to the languages listed above, three of Andrew's books have been translated in Spanish and released in the US.
After posting our recent article regarding issues with one of Andrew's television programs being removed from the air in the UK, it was brought to our attention that we misunderstood several details of the story. After further research we offer this update to our previous post.
On October 7, 2009 a program in Andrew's teaching series entitled, Christian Philosophy II, aired on the Revelation TV station in the UK. Andrew covered a number of topics including his Biblically grounded views on homosexuality. In the name of fairness, comments and content of this nature are strictly governed in the UK by a communications regulatory authority called Ofcom.
Following Andrew's regularly scheduled broadcast, which contrary to our previous post, did air in its entirety, Howard Conder, owner of Revelation TV, immediately received an email from a disgruntled homosexual viewer. In the email the viewer stated that he had reported Revelation TV to the authorities of Ofcom because of the comments Andrew had made.
In response to the viewer's email, Howard extended an invitation to the disgruntled viewer to join a live television interview with Andrew to be aired later that evening. During the interview viewers were able to express their thoughts in response to Andrew's comments via email, text or phone call to the station. This special live broadcast kept Revelation TV in compliance with the UK's laws on fairness by providing a "right of reply" or open discussion, about the issue of homosexuality and more specifically what Andrew said during the morning broadcast.
Praise God, the efforts made by Howard to produce the impromptu live interview with Andrew were enough to keep Revelation TV in good standing with the authorities at Ofcom.
As a result of the station's strong stand in agreement with Andrew's messages, Howard and his staff work diligently to edit Andrew's programs to bring them into compliance with Ofcom's strict regulations. Because the station is in agreement with Andrew's teaching of the Word, Howard has even gone so far as to air Gospel Truth in a prime time slot every evening, in addition to the morning programming.
AWM appreciates Howard's efforts to defend Andrew's freedom of expression and the truth of God's Word, even at risk to his own livelihood. We apologize to Howard and Revelation TV for the negative response to his station caused by our initial post.
We invite you to view the video segments of the live interview as it aired in the UK on the evening of October 7, 2009. During the interview with Andrew, viewers were able to express their thoughts in response to Andrew's statements from the morning broadcast of Gospel Truth.
Note: during the interview you may notice an image of Andrew that's a little odd. This was an innocent mistake made during the live television broadcast.