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It Is Written
It Is Written Logo.png
GenreReligious broadcasting
Created byGeorge Vandeman
Presented byGeorge Vandeman (1956–1991)
Mark Finley (1991–2004)
Shawn Boonstra (2004–2011)
John Bradshaw (2011–present)
Country of originUnited States
Production locationsThousand Oaks, California (1956–1995)
Simi Valley, California (1995–2014)
Chattanooga, Tennessee (2014–present)
Running time30 minutes
Original releaseMarch 1956 (1956-03) –
External links

It Is Written is an internationally broadcast Seventh-day Adventist Christian television program founded in 1956 by George Vandeman.[1] Its title comes from the Gospel of Matthew: "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'"[2] The programs are produced by the Adventist Media Center in California.[3][4]

It Is Written was the first religious program to air in color, and the first to take advantage of satellite technology. The program broadcasts to millions of viewers in more than 140 countries.


The program aired in March 1956 with founder Pastor George Vandeman as speaker. It made history as the first religious telecast to air in color.[5] Pastor Shawn Boonstra also worked at ministry until elected as the new speaker/director of the Voice of Prophecy. He served for seven years as speaker/director for It Is Written, presenting its telecasts and daily online devotional messages, as well as conducting dozens of major evangelistic campaigns on every continent but Antarctica. [6]

It Is Written was the first major Christian ministry to utilize satellite uplink technology. During the ministry's 10-country, three-year “ACTS 2000” effort, more than 3 million people attended at least one downlink location.

Ministry facts

It Is Written can be viewed each week in approximately 7,000 cities in the United States and 700 cities in Canada. The telecast's reach extends to at least 140 countries.[citation needed] An average of 1.5 million people view the North American telecast each week and the program consistently ranks as one of the top 10 religious programs in the United States according to the Nielsen ratings.[1]

In addition to broadcasting on regular network and cable stations, the telecast regularly airs on six satellite networks: Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Hope Channel, and 3ABN.[citation needed]

It Is Written’s international telecast is produced in nine languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian. Coming soon in Tamil and Hindi.[7][verification needed]

It Is Written has an inventory of over 1,100 recorded programs, with at least 36 new broadcasts produced each year.[citation needed] Over the last 50 years, the ministry has received 30 Angel Awards, 10 Telly Awards and three Aurora Awards.[citation needed]


Several Bible study tools on the It Is Written site include “The Discover Bible Guides," "New Beginnings," "Unsealing Daniel's Mysteries," and "The Search for Certainty."[8] In 2004, It Is Written—in conjunction with the Joni and Friends ministry—shipped wheelchairs to Rwanda in an effort to assist with a shortage in local hospitals.

The ministry partnered with the Pilgrim Relief Society in 2006 to deliver 1,500 “Godpods” to the San people of the Kalahari Desert.[citation needed] Since the San people have no written language,[citation needed] these solar-powered devices—which are the size of a garage door opener—contain the entire Bible in the clicking San language.[citation needed] In addition to this Bible project, It Is Written is also building solar-powered water wells to help the San people combat the problem of dehydration.[citation needed]

In 2007, It Is Written traveled to the Arctic to deliver hundreds of Bibles in the Inuktitut language to Inuit people who live in remote areas.[citation needed]

It Is Written on the internet

It Is Written became one of the first Christian television programs to broadcast free video podcasts via iTunes in 2006.[citation needed]

On Sept. 3, 2007, the ministry launched a daily (Monday - Friday) internet-based devotional program called A Better Way to Live. The tagline for the online program is "A daily spiritual boost for busy people" and in each program, Boonstra takes one Bible verse and applies it to daily life.[1][verification needed]

This was followed by Bradshaw's launch of a daily one-minute "Every Word" devotional in 2011.[2]

It Is Written TV network is available on Internet, Apple TV (current and future models), Roku, Amazon Fire TV and other means.[verification needed]

It Is Written on mobile

It Is Written offers email sign-ups, gifting opportunities, access to weekly programs and more, via its mobile presence.[9][verification needed] In 2011, the mobile site won both a Silver W3 Award and a Silver Davey Award in the category of Best Mobile Website.[10] The mobile site was designed and developed by Trinet Internet Solutions.[10]

See also


  1. ^ a b "World Church: 'It Is Written' Marks Half-Century With Outreach Event". 26 September 2017.
  2. ^ Matthew 4:4
  3. ^ Malcolm Bull, Keith Lockhart Seeking a sanctuary: seventh-day Adventism and the American dream 2007 Page 114 "... the Adventist Radio Broadcaster's Association; and the transmissions of the Adventist Media Center in California. Several television programs, primarily of an evangelistic nature, are produced there: Faith for Today, It Is Written, ..."
  4. ^ Laura Lee Vance Seventh-Day Adventism in crisis: gender and sectarian change 1999 Page 68 " which produces the Voice of Prophecy (radio), and Breath of Life, Faith for Today, and It Is Written (television)"
  5. ^ Gary Land Historical dictionary of Seventh-Day Adventists Page 310 2005 "Several individuals also worked in Tashkent and the Adventist Encyclopedia (1996) reported that in 1993 ... Starting in Fresno, California, in 1958, he subsequently conducted It Is Written campaigns in such places as Washington, DC."
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2015-04-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ George R. Knight A brief history of Seventh-Day Adventists - Page 134' 1999 "The 1950s also saw George Vandeman begin the It Is Written telecast. The successes of Richards, Fagal, and Vandeman soon stimulated Adventists to use radio and television in other nations."
  8. ^
  9. ^ "It Is Written Mobile Site". Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  10. ^ a b "Trinet Website - Awards". Retrieved 2013-06-21.

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