We communicate the Good News among the nations by media to inspire people to follow Jesus Christ.
PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL BOLDLY
The challenge in today’s turbulent world is not only to proclaim the Gospel, but to proclaim it boldly – even in the face of persecution. For the people of FEBC, that means being brave in places where sharing God’s Word might cause you to be shunned – or get you killed.
It says something about our staff – something God-inspired and wonderful – that such danger doesn’t stop them. Because no amount of violence will stop God’s work.
History is filled with the names of those who tried – and failed.
So we will do His will. What we will not do is lead people astray, into shallow faith. At FEBC it’s our duty to provide them with a spiritual map that guides them on the road to salvation.
That road extends all over the world. From the turbulence of the Arab Spring to war in the Ukraine and upheaval in Africa, great change is underway. In such times, people need the steady truth and strength of the Gospel.
This is a unique moment in time. The window of opportunity may not remain open, but at FEBC we are committed to seizing the moment, boldly marshaling all our resources for God.
What We Believe
- The Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- In the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and that He will personally return in power and glory.
- That for the salvation of lost and sinful men and women, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
- Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and is commanded of all who repent and believe on Jesus Christ as Savior. It represents having died with Christ and being raised with Him to walk in newness of life. It is a public declaration of faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior.
- In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved into the resurrection of life, and they that are lost into the resurrection of damnation.
- In the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.
Victor proclaimed the Gospel boldly in Ukraine and paid the ultimate price for his faith
FEBC is an interdenominational ministry whose sole purpose is to share the Good News to the world through radio, the Internet, and emerging technologies. In so doing, it seeks to cooperate with and support existing missionary efforts and the ministry of the greater body of Christ worldwide, based on a common belief in the Bible as the infallible, authoritative Word of God.
THE 10/40 WINDOW
Between lines of latitude 40 degrees and 10 degrees north of the equator lies an area that contains 4.65 billion people and 69 nations. This area, or “Window,” contains the world’s most unreached people involving the spread of the Gospel. 95% of the people in the 10-40 Window are unevangelized. The Window also contains 90% of the world’s poorest people, and many of those who are believers in this area undergo heavy persecution for their faith. This is why the majority of countries we work in are in this region.
FEBC’S COMMITMENT TO MINISTRY
1. FEBC focuses on meeting the spiritual needs of our listeners.
FEBC exists for the sole of purpose of meeting the spiritual needs of our listeners. We will not depart from or compromise that goal.
2. FEBC strives to reach the least reached people.
Many millions are untouched by globalization and technology and their only contact with the outside world is through their radio. We often refer to these groups as the “forgotten peoples” of the world. We will continue to bring them the Good News of God’s love and feed them on their spiritual journey with Him.
3. FEBC seeks to reach the most strategic population centers in our ministry areas.
The tools God has given us are ideal for reaching the forgotten peoples of the world, but they are also ideal for reaching the highest-density population areas. This is why we have local, community-based stations in strategic cities like Manila (10 million), Seoul (10 million) and Jakarta (9 million). As God enables us, we continue to build our network of strategic local station outreaches in areas like Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, and Bangkok, capital of Thailand. We believe God has called and equipped FEBC to minister locally in these and many other vital population centers of this needy world.
4. FEBC is committed to the Bible as God’s inspired Word and the primacy of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
We do many wonderful things in our programming: on-air counseling, call in discussion forums, music, specialty programs for women and children, health and educational programs. These broadcasts make a significant impact in the lives of our listeners. But what matters most is each individual’s decision to receive or reject God’s offer of salvation through Jesus Christ. We will not allow our focus to drift from this central and eternal issue. Since we take the Bible as God’s Word to humanity, we will teach it faithfully to our listeners.
5. FEBC will make its decisions based on God’s leading and principles, not on human wisdom.
FEBC is a ministry, not a business. We exist to fulfill God’s purposes and that means doing things according to His leading, His principles and His timetable. There will be times when we sense Him leading us to do things that might not make sense from a human perspective. FEBC’s history is filled with such “foolish” endeavors. Just as our predecessors did, we will seek God’s guidance and when He leads us we will obey.
6. FEBC will trust God to provide for all our resourcing needs.
In 1946, one of FEBC co-founders, John Broger, traveled to Manila to try to establish FEBC’s first radio station. He completed the government application for a license and spoke with a man in the Radio Department Office. The Filipino behind the desk looked at the form and asked Mr. Broger why he had not answered the question: How will your proposed station be financed? John Broger’s response to the man was: “Sir, we have faith in God to meet our needs.” “Faith! What do you mean?” the government official asked. “We believe God will supply all the money through dedicated Christians to build this station and keep it on the air. We will not be receiving any money through advertising. God will supply all our needs.” 72 years later, that station is still on the air, along with 149 stations worldwide. Through His people, God has provided multiple millions of dollars of support over the past seven decades. He called FEBC into existence and He will provide for it. We continue to look to Him to supply every need for this ministry as we move into the future.
7. FEBC will seek to glorify God through our work.
The Kingdom of God has only one King and all of us in it work for Him and His purposes. When God expands our work, we want the emphasis to be on His power in doing so. If God chooses to prune us and bring us trials, we will seek to honor Him through our response. We are not trying to build our own empire or reputation. Our goal is for people to see and experience God’s power in ways that bring glory to Him.
GROWING INDIGENOUS LEADERS
Each of our broadcasters are fully committed to one message: The Gospel of Jesus Christ. And they share story after story of how this message is what their listeners want to hear. Listen to Aisada, one of our broadcasters in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, who captures it well in this video…
At FEBC, demand for local indigenous leaders is twofold. We not only need new people to replace those who move on, we require more leaders to meet the world’s growing need for Gospel Truth. We’ve now reached a tipping point, one that calls for immediate action. It’s critical that we prepare those who will carry Christian broadcasting well into this century. Without them, the very future of our mission is in doubt.
Much will be asked of new leaders. The responsibilities that come with modern broadscast ministry are as wide as
they are deep – from planning and budgeting, to fundraising and managing a workforce. We can’t assume that a passion for Jesus, wonderful as that is, will turn new recruits into fully-formed executives. It takes time and training to prepare people for leadership.
Regardless of background, there are fundamental qualities we look for in all emerging leaders: strong values, Christian character, faithfulness and loyalty. A willingness to go the extra mile. Those traits are as old as the Gospel, but more needed than ever.
At FEBC, we’ve always embraced new technologies that further the Word of God. During our 73 years, we’ve gone from shortwave broadcasts, to AM and FM radio, to internet streaming, satellite podcasts, and programming for mobile devices, always focusing on what works best in a particular country. This requires us to think anew and act anew, to keep an eye on what people are using, from tiny cell phone SD cards – known as “Gospel chips’ for their ability to contain Scripture – to speaker boxes (digital audio players) that relay biblical audio content. The potential is vast. Some 91 percent of mobile users have their phones within arm’s reach 24/7.
By way of example: In China, the nation where FEBC began, there are 1.5 billion cell phones – and some people believe there are upward of 300 million Christians. That number of people is equivalent to the entire population of the United States. Realizing such potential requires imagination, initiative, and outside-the-box thinking for major impact. New technologies will remake modern broadcast ministry – and win new generations for Christ.
The Origins of the Far East Broadcasting Company
While attending Southern California Bible College, God planted in the hearts of two young men named Bob Bowman and John Broger a vision for missionary radio that would one day become Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC). They shared this vision with Reverend William Roberts, the pastor of a church that Bowman’s parents attended, who enthusiastically supported their plan; Roberts and his church were the first to assist FEBC through prayer and funding.
In 1945, FEBC was officially incorporated by Bob Bowman, John Broger and William Roberts and established with one goal in mind: broadcasting Christ to the world. They had no supportive board at the time, and were not affiliated with a specific church denomination. Instead, they followed God’s lead to launch a ministry that focused on sharing Christ with the people of Asia. With nothing more than a heart to reach the lost and an understanding of radio’s ability to reach far and wide, they leaned on this promise from God: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will guide you with my eye” (Psalm 32:8).
GREAT GOD, GREAT MISSION: THE STORY OF FEBC
With one country in particular on their hearts—China—they aired their very first broadcast from Shanghai. But by 1948 all mission work in China was shut down due to communism; an alternative had to be found.
First Radio Station
Ideally located in the South China Sea, the Philippines had much to offer, and the newly established nation was more than willing for FEBC to establish their operations there. The first broadcasts, over local station KZAS (as it was known), went on the air in Manila on June 4, 1948. International broadcasts to China started the following year and have since expanded to cover 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.
Circling the Globe
FEBC’s programs are heard on AM and FM stations worldwide, as well as by satellite and the Internet. We also broadcast by shortwave through our transmitter sites in the Philippines, sharing Christ in hard-to-reach minority groups. Our total number of languages is now 113 worldwide, with broadcasting hours totaling 842 a day. Three billion people live within range of our transmitters. But the only figure we’re truly interested in is the number of people whose lives have been changed by Christ. Last year, we received 2.6 million listener responses, many attesting to transformed lives. That’s why FEBC was launched…and that’s why we continue. To share Christ with the world. UNTIL ALL HAVE HEARD.