Overview - What is IRR/TV?
Overview - What is IRR/TV?
Our Mission • Statement of Faith • Our History • Awards
IRR/TV is a non-denominational modern missions organization which focuses on taking the Gospel to the nations of Russia, Asia, the Middle East, North Africa.
The tools of television, radio, the internet greatly enhance the fulfillment of the Great Commission of Christ. For the Church to prevail in missions these tools must be utilized massively by the Church in today's world.
To achieve its goals of reaching the peoples of Russia, the CIS states, China, India, the 10/40 window, Israel IRR/TV produces evangelistic radio programs, television programs, videos and literature in 20 languages. In addition IRR/TV systematically trains indigenous workers in their respective cultures sending them to their own peoples.
IRR/TV is supported by individual donors, churches and foundations. IRR/TV publishes "Russia and Asia Report" available free of charge to interested individuals, churches, prayer groups. As a service to donors IRR/TV is a non-profit organization registered in the United States and Canada.
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Our Mission – Win!
The purpose of IRR/TV is to spread the Gospel in areas
that have thus far been deprived of its proclamation—train new media mission workers—equip and send them into the harvest of our time.
• Earth's population: over 7 billion
• Don't know who Jesus is: 4 billion
How This Affects Us
God was so touched that He sent His only son so that
not one of our generation's billions would be lost
but saved through Jesus Christ.
God is ready to send us. He has given us His Gospel
and promised to be with us.
We unanimously answer: “Yes!”.
IRR/TV in Action
- Throughout Russia: TV programs, mega-city
- Program production for the Middle East and
- Building a global media network.
- Producing radio programs in Europe.
- Keeping in touch with "Russia Report"
and bi-monthly newsletters.
Our Mission is Made Possible...
by donations from our
supporters, individuals, churches and foundations.
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1970 A Soviet medical student named Laura finds a living faith in God at a Soviet State university. She is the only student at her university who claims to believe in a God who created man. Consequently she is expelled for her faith. Her sacrifice does not pass unnoticed by God who has a plan for her life. Media would play a key role.
1976 Laura, married to Canadian citizen Hannu Haukka, obtains an exit permit and enters Christian radio ministry to the Soviet Union under the direction of Earl Poysti in Austria.
1980 Hannu and Laura are called to Finland to pioneer a Christian radio ministry from Finnish soil. A studio is built in Parola Finland. The ministry grows to include the transmission of a network of 11 international superpower radio stations.
1986 IRR/TV USA and IRR/TV Canada are founded by Great Commission-minded businessman Gordon Donaldson, Hannu Haukka and Laura Haukka.
1989 IRR/TV ministry moves from a little rural town to the Helsinki area. A new 1,000 m2 studio facility is built. CBN and TBN donate funds and equipment for equipping the first ever TV ministry to Russia.
1990 IRR/TV receives 1,000,000 letters in response to Superbook a children's Bible cartoon series aired on Soviet State TV Channel One. The Moscow post office is swamped.
1991 IRR/TV opens follow up offices in Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev and Novosibirsk. Russia State TV signs contract for weekly nationwide telecasts produced by IRR/TV
1998 IRR/TV launches program production for 20 forgotten people groups in the former Soviet Union. Campus Crusade Canada and the Lethbridge Group fund the initial outreach.
1998 IRR/TV founds the ACB of Russia. The Association of Christian Broadcasters holds its first national media missions conference in Moscow.
1999 IRR/TV loses rights to use contracted office and studio space. It must vacate the building within weeks.
1999 IRR/TV established first Schools of Broadcast in Russia with Canadian based Crossroads Family of Ministries. Students from all parts of Russia and the CIS states are trained for TV and radio ministry.
2001 IRR/TV starts airing programs to Israel, China, India and 20 other countries in Asia over STAR WORLD TELEVISON.
2002 IRR/TV starts production of a Farsi version of popular television series "Thirsty Hearts" for countries in the Middle East.
2003 Powerful mega-city campaigns begin in Russia, Central Asia and Ukraine. The purpose is to saturate each city with the Gospel for one month, one city at a time.
2005 Ministering by television expands into southeast Asia. Humanitarian aid to earthquake ravaged Indonesia and India.
2007 Mega-city campaigns accelerate in Russia due to political instability.
2008 Unprecedented mega-city campaigns in Israel.
The ministry of IRR/TV is supported by individual donors, foundations and churches. IRR/TV works in cooperation with numerous recognized international
Christian organizations - Awards
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IRR/TV receives NRB International Ministry Award
Receiving the 2005 *NRB International Ministry Award during the 62nd Annual Convention in Anaheim, California, were Hannu and Laura Haukka on behalf of IRR/TV.
Voted on by the International Committee of NRB, the award is presented annually to an outstanding program or ministry involved in international communications. This year it was IRR/TV.
Hannu Haukka is a member of the NRB International Committee representing Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.
* NRB (National Religious Broadcasters) is an international association of Christian communicators with over 1400 member organizations representing millions of viewers, listeners, and readers. The Association exists to represent the Christian broadcasters’ right to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.