The radio ministry in India originated in the 1950s, with an in-country presence taking place in 1960 in Delhi with the participation of the Evangelical Radio Fellowship of India (ERFI) and Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC), Manila. In 1956, the first broadcasts in two languages were beamed to India from FEBC Philippines. Later, a headquarters was established in Bangalore to train local personnel in radio production. Hence, a studio and office were set up in 1964 and an Indian association was formed, FEBA India.
With over 1.2 billion people, India is home to the largest number of unreached people in the world (2201 unreached people groups). India is 80% Hindu, but still has the world’s third largest Muslim population after Indonesia and Pakistan.
India is the 7th largest country in the world (land mass); the 2nd largest in population (after China). 1,652 languages and dialects are spoken; FEBC-India is now reaching 8 of those languages. In spite of persecution against Christians, significant numbers are turning to Christ, especially in the north.
283 Million Indians
Can Hear the Gospel
In 8 Indian Languages
To Various Areas of Society
India Ministry Highlights
To communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ mainly through radio and allied media and to demonstrate the biblical values of love, saving faith and eternal hope to change lives in the community.
- Partner with the local church and like-minded organizations in fulfilling the Great Commission.
- Broadcast eternal hope through all possible means, including online, television and new media platforms to reach maximum people and language groups.
- Strengthen the lives of individuals and families in the community through strategic initiatives.
- Assist the community through social action such as education, justice, health care and disaster relief, as well as spiritual and economic development.
- Constantly demonstrate God’s love using His unchanging Word in an ever-changing world.
Our programs are specially designed to suit our audience in their own culture and environment. Each letter, phone call, email and text message is responded to personally. FEBC’s uniqueness is presenting the Gospel in the context of relevance to the people, to evoke a genuine response to the Lord and enable them in turn to live a life of abundance.
We broadcast in 11 Indian languages including English through short wave and medium wave, presenting the following types of programming:
- Edification: Drama-based programs and messages by various speakers
- Pre-Evangelistic: Health, Values, Education, Social Awareness, Agriculture
- Evangelistic: Bible Studies, Discipleship
- Special Audiences: Ethnic Groups, Women, Visually-challenged
Background on India
Government: federal republic
Capital: New Delhi
Population: 1.22 billion – Indo-Aryan 72%, Dravidian 25%, Mongoloid and other 3% (2013)
Language: Hindi 41%, Bengali 8.1%, Telugu 7.2%, Marathi 7%, Tamil 5.9%, Urdu 5%, Gujarati 4.5%, Kannada 3.7%, Malayalam 3.2%, Oriya 3.2%, Punjabi 2.8%, Assamese 1.3%, Maithili 1.2%, other 5.9%
Religion: Hindu 80.5%, Muslim 13.4%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.1% (2001 census)
Hear About India First!
Videos and Stories from India
We’re encouraged every day by the stories we hear from our listeners. Here’s this month’s inspiring audio testimony from a man in India.
India is struggling to cope with severe flooding, with more than 1,200 people killed and 40 million impacted.
Kamala is one of our listeners in India, who comes from a non-Christian background. She recently shared the following letter with our local staff:
Here’s our monthly testimony, this time from a carpenter in India.
Here’s our monthly testimony, this time from a man in India
Here’s our monthly testimony, this time from India.
2016 marks the 26th year of broadcasting the Gaweylon Tibetan Radio Program, which ministers to the Tibetan people living in southwest China, northern India and Bhutan.
In the Rajasthan region of India, speaker boxes are being distributed to the Hadothi-speaking people group.
Listeners tell our staff every day how FEBC’s Gospel programs have brought loved ones to Christ, prevented suicides and restored broken families.
In the last few months, heavy rains at three times the normal amount have decimated Chennai and the Tamil Nadu region of India. First Response Radio has responded by providing shortwave broadcasts to help the 400,000 who have been displaced.
India elections are a month-long call to prayer for believers in the West. For a month, from April 7 until May 12, over 814 million people will vote for a new Prime Minister and Cabinet.
When the power of God enters someone’s life, deep and significant change takes place. Teekyanayak’s story reminds us that even if just one person hears the Gospel, their family and community can be impacted and changed at their core. Originally from an...
As we continue to focus on India and the growing presence of the Gospel there, take a moment to watch an inspiring story of a man who found a Bible while walking through garbage. Seeing a vast difference from the millions of other gods he used to worship,...
As we focus on broadcasting to countries that so desperately need Jesus, it is fascinating to learn more about the specific countries themselves. FEBC currently broadcasts the Gospel to India in more than 11 languages, and we are continually aiming to...
A video on the India’s struggles with idolatry, poverty, suicide, & other social issues. In the midst of these challenges, FEBC broadcasts hope to millions.
Far East Broadcasting is seeing a wonderful response to the Gospel in India. But the need is great. Hundreds of millions are worshiping Hindu Gods, living in great poverty, and have no hope. But there is hope in the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. Join us...
On his way to murder his partner, a man turns on the radio and is overcome with guilt and repentance when he is reminded of God’s commands.
A criminal who had been jailed 23 times, accidentally tuned into a Gospel broadcast on the radio. What he heard caused him to become a changed man.
“Christianity in India is a contradiction… But He continually reminds us that His grace is sufficient”
After becoming paralyzed, a young man is determined to end his life. Moments before, he hears something on FEBC radio that changes his life forever.
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