Quiet Hour Ministries (QHM) is celebrating its 80th year of evangelism ministry this month.
In its eight decades of work, QHM has brought many thousands of lives to Christ and blessed even more with medical care, local-language Bibles, and construction assistance for chapels, school, and orphanages.
A social media campaign has been counting down 80 days to the milestone anniversary date: July 7. As the ministry raises awareness of its mission work around the world, the campaign will culminate in an 80th anniversary event on July 8 in Redlands, California, where the ministry has been headquartered since 1973.
The ministry was founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1937 by Pastor J.L. Tucker, who hosted the radio broadcast for which the original name, The Quiet Hour, was given. Through the decades, evangelism has been the ministry’s main focus, though the method of evangelism has changed with time.
Always on the cutting edge of effective ministry, QHM started in radio broadcast just as radio began to spread widely into American homes. Soon, the ministry branched out into television, publishing, and Bible study courses by mail.
When it began taking on the work of international evangelism, QHM sent evangelist preachers to countries around the world. Today, the ministry reaches people all over the world through volunteer-based short-term mission trips. With the help of donors and volunteers, the ministry sends an average of 15 teams into the mission field each year.
Along with evangelistic series, the ministry also started providing mission planes, boats, motorcycles, and chapels wherever they were needed. Also in recent years, QHM has produced the award-winning television show Missions Today, a documentary style program that follows the ministry’s Gospel outreach work around the world.
“We were never just a radio show or a television program,” said QHM President and CEO Randy Bates in a press release. “We don’t define our ministry by any of the things that we have done. We have always been, and still are, simply a channel of communication to people who don’t know Christ.”
According to QHM, its one goal of reaching people with the Gospel has allowed the ministry to make great strides in evangelism. In just the last 10 years, from 2007 to 2016, QHM has reportedly baptized more than 90,000 people by holding 2,449 evangelistic series in 88 different countries. It has also given away more than 100,000 local-language Bibles and built 261 chapels.
As QHM moves forward into its ninth decade, Bates said, “We will keep telling people about Jesus. And the more people we can get involved, the more work we can complete. I can’t wait to see what God will accomplish next!”
By NRB Staff
Published: July 6, 2017