On February 8, 2010 Andrew's Gospel Truth television program was broadcast for the first time on Russian television—in the Russian language! As the program is aired on CNL, Russia's only Christian television network, Andrew has the daily opportunity to reach more than 160 million households across eleven time zones. This marks an exciting time for Andrew, and AWM, as the almost-too-good-to-be-true-news of the Gospel is shared throughout a vast and spiritually hungry nation.
The Gospel Truth translation and voiceover project was initiated by Mike and Carrie Pickett, Directors of AWM-Russia, and Charis Bible College in St. Petersburg. Carrie, a CBC graduate, has been part of AWM's missionary efforts, referred to as the "Russian Project" for ten years. The couple and their staff agree that bringing Andrew's program to TV in Russian is the team's largest outreach to date.
Carrie said, "This is what Russia needs! They need someone that will 'sit' with them in their homes, and tell them honestly, without hype and manipulation, how to live their lives with victory, and how to understand the real love God has for them." Andrew's simple, sincere, way of teaching will meet
The conversion of Andrew's English programs into Russian requires a time consuming collaborative effort with Andrew's stateside TV department. AWM-Russia's head interpreter, Volodia Tsis serves as the translator, and as Andrew's Russian voice in the dubbing process. After providing the audio translation files to the TV department in the U.S., the lengthy production process to perfect the programming continues.
While the technical process of television production and distribution are handled by Andrew's TV department in Colorado, AWM-Russia's focus is to address the increasing ministry opportunities that arise in response to Andrew's teachings as the Word is spread across the Russian landscape.
In addition to the opportunity to watch these daily broadcasts, viewers are able to order Andrew's translated books, teachings and the new correspondence program from CBC-Russia, allowing them further opportunity to hear Andrew and other college instructors share the Word of God. Because the laborers are relatively few in Russia, each time AWM-Russia sends out ministry materials, the team views the information being sent as a "missionary" to that home, church or village.
"We are continually amazed at the role our team gets to play in this massive outreach. To be able to 'enter' the homes of 160 million people and share the good news of God’s love and grace, is a dream come true for our team," said Carrie.
Like many missionaries, the Picketts and their team see needs everyday that they cannot accommodate on their own. There is always a prayer in their hearts about what else they can do. Being part of putting the Gospel Truth program on TV, allows them to move out across Russia in a greater way than ever before.
Another exciting detail of this translation and voiceover project is that Andrew's Russian language programs are also available on CNL within Europe, Israel and the United States. Russian’s across the globe are able to hear the good news in their own language. Fruit of the effort has already sprouted in America where the AWM phone center has begun to field calls from Russian speaking people within the U.S. Andrew and the AWM-Russia team look forward to the testimonies of the lives that will be changed forever.
Without question, Andrew's Gospel Truth program is a powerful ministry tool, and in a nation where many, according to Carrie, believe that God is a communist, the TRUTH will set them free!
Watch a sample of Andrew's Gospel Truth TV program with the added
Note to our U.S. readers: Andrew's English speaking voice is still audible in the backround. While it may seem strange to hear both languages at the same time, this is the normal and expected way voiceover is produced in Russia.