Throughout the 1970s, Lester’s ministry continued to purchase additional television stations across the U.S. God’s initial word to Lester was to have not just a Christian station but also a network, so that people could be reached far and wide.
Roberts Liardon tells us that in the 1980s, an earth station was constructed on the grounds of WHME-TV, and LeSea was able to broadcast via satellite 24-7.168 The 1980s also saw the first of the shortwave radio stations set up to minister to listeners in Europe and South America.By the time LeSea Broadcasting entered the twenty-first century, it had grown to include thirteen television stations across the U.S.; two satellite channels covering the entire continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe; five powerful shortwave stations; and three FM radio stations.
Through the media of LeSea Broadcasting, over 90 percent of the world’s population can be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ! One man with a vision from God, and the body of Christ walking beside him in faith, can bring the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth!
The year was 1987. Lester Sumrall was seventy-four years old. He had a blessed marriage of forty-three years with Louise, the love of his life. His sons and their families were in ministry alongside him. Frank was his copastor at the newly constructed, 3,500-seat Christian Center. Stephen handled all of the administrative details of the ministry. His youngest son, Peter, had oversight of the broadcasting division. Lester was still preaching around the world, reaching 20,000 cell group leaders at Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea; four million people through World Harvest Broadcast from South Bend, Indiana; and hundreds more through yearly tours of the Holy Land. His life was rich and full…but God wasn’t finished with him yet!