It Is Written

It Is Written is an internationally broadcast Christian television program founded in 1956 by George Vandeman. Its title comes from Matthew 4:4 of the Bible: "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"

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.

It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist church ministry.


The program initially aired in March 1956 on 13 stations with founder Pastor George Vandeman as speaker. It made history as the first religious telecast to air in color.

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. 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.

In addition to broadcasting on regular network and cable stations, the telecast regularly airs on six satellite networks: Trinity Broadcasting Network, Family Net, Safe TV, LLBN, the Hope Channel, and 3ABN.

It Is Written’s international telecast is produced in nine languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian.

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


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 Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert. Since the Bushmen have no written language, these solar-powered devices—which are the size of a garage door opener—contain the entire Bible in the clicking San language of the Bushmen. In addition to this Bible project, It Is Written is also building solar-powered water wells to help the Bushmen combat the problem of dehydration.

In 2007, It Is Written will travel to the Arctic to deliver hundreds of Bibles in the Inuktitut language to Inuit people who live in remote areas.

It Is Written on the Internet

In 2005, and became a part of the It Is Written ministry. features 350 Bible topics in 17 languages. contains Bible stories, games and other online resources that are safe for kids.

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

On Sept. 3, 2007, the ministry launched a daily (Monday - Friday) 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.


Associate speakers

  • Canadian: Bill Santos
  • French: Jose Elysée
  • Portuguese: Fernando Iglesias
  • Russian: Daniel Reband
  • Spanish: Robert Costa

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