Requests for evangelistic media saturation campaigns from many countries around the world come into Great Commission Media Ministries continually. We strive to hold these campaigns where it is possible and doors of opportunity open to a campaign. Negotiations are underway to conduct campaigns in Kolkata, India, Turkey and Greece.
Hannu Haukka met with pastors in Kolkata (Calcutta) this past fall to talk about the possibility and negotiate how to conduct this campaign.
The Gospel preached in Mother Teresa's home town
Negotiations are ongoing in Mother Teresa's hometown of Kolkata, formerly Calcutta. At this point in time the mega city campaign will be held early in 2017.
There is a lot of poverty and crime in this city of over 14 million residents. About 20 million are in the greater Kolkata area. Poverty creates its own challenges when trying to reach the people with the gospel message. TV and radio are more effective tools for reaching the people compared to social media and the internet.
The use of media is very effective in India, with a population of 1.2 billion people. There are many huge challenges in India as well. If we were to preach the Gospel to Indians in this generation we definitely need to use all media that is at our disposal. Traditional methods of preaching the Gospel by churches is not enough to get the job done, says Hannu Haukka.
It will take a full eight months to prepare and train the churches of Calcutta for this rare outreach—rare because it will touch the lives of millions of people in the city.
Negotiations in Turkey
Evangelical churches in Turkey have requested a mega city media campaign for their country. The situation in Turkey is chaotic. After the failed coup attempt on July 15th Turkey declared a State of Emergency. What was to last 3 months, turned into 6 months, then 9 months, now to the end of April. The State of Emergency was meant to prevent terrorism.
But weekly bombings continue around the country. The result is that people are fearful and have felt there are no secure measures in place. People are being imprisoned without a trial because of comments made on Twitter. Journalists are in jail today due to seemingly critical writings. Foreign evangelical organizations have had their visas revoked and have been forced to leave Turkey. Nongovernmental associations have been hard hit in the past few months. Christians are praying for peace and are doing what they can to help people. Unfortunately, it appears that this chaotic situation will persist.
In Turkey, with a population of 80 million people, less than 4,000 are evangelical Christians.
At this time it is critically important respond to the request of the Church in Turkey. The seed of faith must be massively planted in the lives of 80 million people, says Hannu Haukka, president of GCM Ministries.
GCM Ministries president Hannu Haukka also met with pastors in Greece this past fall to negotiate how to conduct a campaign in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece.