As we think of the fortieth anniversary of Let The Bible Speak, we have an opportunity to reflect on how God has prospered the work and also consider the Lord’s will for the future of this ministry. The evangelization of a world of lost souls remains the clear vision of Let The Bible Speak. It was with this very vision that LTBS commenced in 1973, and it has been to the fore ever since. What was unclear in those days was how this would be fully accomplished. Resources in manpower and finances were limited.
As years passed, more of our ministers became involved in preaching messages, and some gave of other talents and helped in programme production.
Our supporter base also increased and many individuals and congregations have given faithful and sacrificial financial support. Initial equipment , which was of the highest recording quality, did not lend itself to speedy editing and duplicating of programmes for various parts of the world.
The initial operating costs of LTBS in 1973 were met partly by gifts from congregations and the introduction of what became known as the 25 Pence Scheme. Two years earlier, Britain had moved to decimalisation and with it came the minting of new coins. The traditional crown in imperial money was replaced with a 25 -pence coin of the same size, weight, and value as the crown. An appeal was made by the LTBS radio pioneers for 300 people to pledge 25 pence a week to support the radio ministry.
The 25 – pence appeal came at a time when Britain and much of the Western world were about to descend into a deep recession. Due to the Yom Kippur War in Israel, the Arab nations restricted oil into pro-Israeli countries causing the price of oil to rise dramatically. Soaring prices brought unemployment and the official introduction of a three day work week in Britain.
Despite the economic hardship the Lord’s people rallied to the call and the radio ministry was established. Since then the faithful and generous support of churches and individuals has enabled the work of broadcasting the gospel to continue until this present day.
Forty years on and the recession is still about, but also so is the radio ministry of LTBS. In this anniversary year we are are re-launching the 25 – pence appeal. “But” I hear you say, ” the 25 – pence is no longer in circulation!” True but the £10 note is. With a quick Google search we determined that 25-pence in 1973 would be worth approximately £2.50 today. That works out to £10/$15 a month.
All donations from this scheme will go towards our television studio project.
You can use the online facilities on our website to subscribe to this scheme from as little as £2.00 per month. All major cards and Paypal are accepted.
Contact our Treasurer, Rev Andrew Patterson, 5 Carginagh Rd, Kilkeel, Newry, Co Down, Northern Ireland, BT34 4NE
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.