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Paul Crouch dies at 79; founded Trinity Broadcasting Network

Paul Crouch dies at 79; founded Trinity Broadcasting Network

In the mid-1970s a vision came to Paul Crouch, but it wasn't what a man of the cloth might have expected.

A map of North America had appeared on his ceiling, glowing with pencil-thin beams of light that shot in every direction. "Lord," asked Crouch, a Pentecostal minister, "what does this mean?"

God, according to Crouch, had just one word for him: "Satellite."

Crouch, who belonged to the Assemblies of God, had been trying to spread the Gospel through a small television station in Tustin, but the vision changed his business plan. He bought more television stations, then piled on cable channels and eventually satellites, filling the airwaves...

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