Greetings in Jesus’ precious name! Especially at this time of year, we are so thankful for what the Lord is doing in our midst — and we’re thankful for YOU, who are helping to make it happen.
WOW! So many wonderful things are happening right now in our ministry. If it’s okay with you, I’d like to bring you up to date on a few of them today. I’ll try to be brief, but because you are a friend and partner with our ministry, I felt you would want to know about a few of these wonderful developments.
BUT FIRST…I want to THANK YOU for all you are doing as a friend and partner with RENNER Ministries as Denise and I and our team take the Word of God to the ends of the earth. Many years ago, God quickened Romans 10:18 to us about our ministry. It says, “…Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.” From that time until now, we are doing our part to take teaching people can trust to the ends of the world. And you are a big part in making that happen!
At the end of this brief report, I want to share an important verse, so please read all the way to the end. I don’t want to bog you down with details, but I want to take just a few moments to give you these good reports because those who support our ministry are such a big part of what is happening.
A New Satellite Network
In June — just five short months ago — the Lord amazingly entrusted to our oversight the world’s largest Russian-speaking Christian satellite channel. On June 1, our ministry became the owners of the largest Russian-speaking Christian satellite network in the world. As a result, we are now broadcasting the Word of God into 83 nations of the world via satellite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! In seemingly one moment, God placed this mighty Gospel instrument into our hands. It came with an existing staff that has now become a part of our team. We are so honored that God has found us faithful to lead this Gospel advancement.
Now we are renovating the channel to make it “sparkle” as we believe Jesus would want it to sparkle and shine. This is a huge assignment and one for which we are thrilled, but I ask you to pray for us as we lead this new network to bring glory and honor to the name of Jesus and to touch Russian-speakers all over the planet. Taking this step of faith has also been a huge financial undertaking, and we are so thankful to see God’s miraculous provision every step along the way.
The New Studio in Moscow
At the same time, we are in the middle of constructing a new studio in Moscow. During the pandemic, the response to our TV ministry grew astronomically, and it shows no sign of abating as it CONTINUES to grow and thrive! Because we felt the need to reach out to so many people who felt isolated, we began to film seven different TV programs every day to minister to those in need. That is an amazing amount of new content we produce every single day. And all that was in addition to our regular TV program. It didn’t take long before we understood we needed a larger TV studio to produce all that the Holy Spirit was asking us to do. So with the help of our partners, we are now in full swing constructing that new studio. Even as I write this letter, contractors are finishing pouring the foundation and preparing to start putting up the walls.
Our goal is not buildings. Our goal is doing whatever is necessary to be able to teach the Word of God to those whom God has brought to us — and to effectively and compassionately minister to those reaching out to us from around the world. And people are really reaching out to us from ALL OVER THE WORLD! In that new studio — which we are hoping will be completed late next summer — our team and I will be producing teaching from the Word of God that people can trust. Our goal is to get that Word to people in the Russian and English languages who are crying out for it all over the world.
Because you are our friend and partner, I felt you would want to be updated about where we currently are on this huge development. It’s moving forward full speed and I am so excited about it. Denise and I are thankful for every gift that has been given to help us, and, step by step, we are moving forward by faith.
There are many wonderful ministries working for the Lord, but Proverbs 10:21 best describes our personal assignment from Him. It says, “The lips of the righteous feed many….” Our God-given assignment is to bring “teaching people can trust” right to where they are. I ask you to please pray for us as we do our God-given part to meet that need.
The New Ministry Headquarters in America
At the same time we’re constructing the new studio in Moscow, our office in America is in the process of relocating to a new building that we are purchasing in Tulsa. This is a huge step of faith for our ministry, and we are so sincerely thankful for every gift that has been given to our Ministry Expansion Project to help us take this step forward.
The fact is that since my daily TV program began in the United States, thousands of people have been reaching out to us for prayer and ministry. This is a very serious God-given trust, and to effectively minister to the precious people the Holy Spirit has sent us, we need more space. Our ministry office has been in the same location for years, and we have so terribly outgrown it that we are now storing materials and supplies in metal containers on the backside of the property, and teaching materials line the hallways in our offices because we have no more space to contain them all.
But, remarkably, God led us to a new location that is perfectly suited for us. It is not far from our present location, and it comes fully furnished exactly as we need it. This makes me think of Deuteronomy 6:11, where God promised He would supply “…houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant…” (NIV). Just as this verse says, God has given us a new building that is supplied with everything we need — and it is large enough to accommodate us for years to come!
So with the new Russian-speaking satellite network — plus the new studio in Moscow and the new headquarters we are purchasing in Tulsa — we believe the Holy Spirit is positioning us to touch more people than ever before. But our goal is not only to briefly “touch” them through books and media, but our God-given assignment is to really minister to them as God would have us to do. We believe there is nothing more important than the people God brings to us, and we are totally committed to providing top-notch care to them by His grace.
One Plants, Another Waters, and God Gives the Increase
To do all of this takes faith, courage, finances, equipment, a team, and a group of giving partners who stand by us so we can consistently and professionally reach the multitudes who are in need or who live in spiritual darkness and desperately need a touch from God. This is no small undertaking and requires a “1,000-percent” commitment from everyone involved. Hell does not sit silent as we each take the life-saving message to those in spiritual need.
But even if we buy the finest equipment, produce the highest-quality programs, and purchase the best time slots available to reach people — if God doesn’t supply His part, it is all to no avail. I am reminded of Psalm 127:1, which states: “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”
I also love First Corinthians 3:7, where Paul stated, “So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”
The word “increase” is from the Greek word auxano, which simply means to increase or grow — and in this context indicates the continual blessing of God. This word “increase” denotes something that is amplified, augmented, enlarged, or enhanced. It carries the idea of something that escalates and multiplies. It clearly means that even though one plants and another waters, it is only God who causes everything to blossom, to become larger, and to grow strong and healthy.
Or, as I like to say, we can nurture the soil, plant the seeds, and water what has been planted, but only God can produce the sunshine and weather conditions to cause growth. Therefore, even with all the amazing and wonderful people who do their essential parts, God is still the most important Partner in whatever we are called to do. So in addition to saying thank you to YOU for all you do, we are enormously thankful for the grace of God that enables all this growth to happen.
And whatever God has called you to do, while you give it your very best, never forget the crucial role of prayer and the reality of your utter dependence on God as your number-one Partner in life. Just like a farmer, you can prepare the ground and plant the seed of God’s Word, and you can water and nurture the seed that was sown. But only God can produce the sunshine and weather conditions necessary to bring the growth that is needed. So in the end, He gets the glory for all increase!
Denise and I are so thankful for the “increase” God is giving this ministry right now. Actually, it is HIS MINISTRY, and we are simply the overseers of what He has trusted us to lead. And now — at one simultaneous moment — we are leading a huge Christian satellite network, building a new studio, purchasing a new building in Tulsa, and also leading the Good News churches in Russia — including the ever-expanding Internet Good News Church — and all the other ongoing aspects of this ministry’s God-given assignment.
But today, we want to thank you for being alongside us and helping us with your prayers and your financial gifts. All of it is so needed and so deeply appreciated. We are truly partners together with you and with God!
We are praying for God to send increase into your life too — asking Him to miraculously multiply every seed you have sown and to increase you and your loved ones on every side. If there is a specific way you would like us to be praying for you, please never hesitate to contact us so we’ll know how to pray more effectively. Hearing from you helps us to pray better for you! And please pray with us that all the money needed to finish our expansion assignments victoriously will come on time.
I realize my letter today is different from what I normally write, but I really felt a need to update you on these exciting, monumental developments. You’ve done so much, and we are so thankful. We also thank you for all you continue to do. Never forget that anything extra you can do will go toward these projects and will have an eternal impact on the lives of others. Isn’t it wonderful that we can be used to impact other people for all of eternity!
We really do love you and thank God for you.
We are your brother and sister, friends, and partners in Jesus Christ,
Rick and Denise Renner
along with Paul, Philip, and Joel and their families