It was on June 4, 1948, that FEBC launched its first radio station, KZAS, in Manila, Philippines.
While co-founders Robert Bowman and John Broger originally planned to broadcast from China, this plan was abandoned when communism overtook the country, forcing the men to look elsewhere. The Philippines seemed like a possible location, so – within months of this war-ravaged country declaring its independence – they established a base of operations in Manila.
Since then, millions of lives have been transformed by FEBC’s Gospel-centered broadcasts. In the Philippines alone, 12 radio stations have been established throughout the country. The Philippines is also the site of FEBC’s two international shortwave facilities, which transmit daily programs to 42 ethnic people groups who have no other way to hear the Good News but through shortwave radio. In addition to the Philippines, FEBC reaches 48 other countries in 107 languages.
“We are so thankful for God’s wisdom and direction that guided us through the past 70 years, resulting in millions of lives turning to Christ,” the FEBC staff reported in a recent news story.
“While we’re thrilled to reflect on 70 years of broadcasting, this is also a story of the faithfulness of supporters who have honored God through their prayers and giving, so that others might hear the salvation message and choose to follow Christ … right into eternity!”
“Let’s continue in that effort … until all have heard,” the staff concluded.
A year after FEBC’s first station launched in the Philippines, its international broadcasts expanded to China and eventually to most of Southeast Asia, as well as Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia. FEBC’s sister organization, Feba, broadcasts programs in Africa, the Middle East, and India.
In addition, FEBC’s programs are heard on AM and FM stations worldwide, as well as by satellite and the internet.
By NRB Staff
Published: June 14, 2018