When China closed its doors to foreign missionaries in 1948, FEBC moved its Asian base of operations to the Philippines. FEBC’s first broadcasts over local station KZAS went on the air on June 4, 1948 in Manila. International broadcasts to China started on July 27, 1949 with the help of Chinese Filipino Christians and soon expanded to most of Southeast Asia. By the end of 1949, FEBC had 27 languages on the air.
Training up pastors to minister to their communities is central for the Gospel to advance. Yet in China there are few seminaries for Christians to attend. Without seminaries, how can local Chinese Christians learn to become pastors?
Over 37 years ago, LiangYou Seminary was launched to fill this gap. The two-year Bible school curriculum is administered entirely over the radio, and has taught more than 12,500 students in the last 37 years.
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200 Hours of
7 Ethnic Groups Reached
In Their Own Languages
China Ministry Highlights
FEBC-Hong Kong is the major production center for our China broadcasts. It produces over 200 hours of programs monthly in Mandarin, Cantonese and other minority languages. Programs produced serve three different purposes: evangelistic, nurturing and training. FEBC-Hong Kong also hosts live programming from Hong Kong by Internet connection to the Philippines.
Chinese Programming Coordination
FEBC-Hong Kong also serves as the China Ministry Office (CMO), coordinating the daily production of 23.75 hours of programs produced by 5 FEBC studios in Taipei, La Mirada, Vancouver, Toronto and Hong Kong. 16 hours of these programs are available on the Internet daily. These programs are broadcast from stations in the Philippines and Jeju, South Korea.
Liangyou Theological Seminary
This two-year Bible school offered by radio since 1992 trains pastors and lay leaders for ministry in China. As of May 2016, enrollment stood at 15,360 students, with 4,015 active participants.
Minority Language Broadcasts
For many years our Hong Kong office has been broadcasting to 7 ethnic groups exceeding several million people through programs in their own language. Minority language broadcasts are not only effective at sharing the gospel, they also help ethnic groups retain their own culture.
With the opening of Mainland China, FEBC-Hong Kong has carefully initiated ministry within China, such as visiting listeners and distributing radios, CDs, and other materials. Over 15 seminars on family & marriage have been held with total attendance exceeding 1,100. Offices and studios have also been established in China. Radio program production began in 2009, and in 2010 we began buying airtime from 2 FM stations, increasing to a 10th station in Sept 2014. However due to the tightening strategy of the government, these FM broadcasts were put on hold as of Oct 2014. Outreach to listeners continues and our programs have been available for several months five hours a week through Digital Audio Broadcasting. We continue to look for alternative ways to reach our listeners during this challenging time.
Following website blocking by authorities in November 2015, a decision was made to use multi-channel platforms to reach listeners. In addition to the SD card project, phone apps were put in place called “Listening,” which includes 3 mobile apps of audio programs. By the end of 2016, the second apps on Androids will be completed; more than 10 programs are scheduled. Listeners can tune in to our programs with mobile phones. WeChat is a popular social networking platform in China, which we are now using as a Public Platform. Listeners can tune in to all Liangyou programs through WeChat.
Background on China
Religion: Officially Atheism, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity (3%-4%), Islam (1%-2%)
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