2.7 Billion Have Never Heard of Jesus
“How shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without someone preaching to them?” – Romans 10:14
Persecution. Geography. Isolation. These three words are the dominant reasons more than 2.7 billion people around the world are kept from hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. FEBC is an interdenominational ministry who seeks to break down these three barriers by sharing the Good News to the world through radio, the Internet, and emerging technologies.
With a reach of more than 3 billion people, in over 100 languages, across 46 countries, indigenous broadcasters give of themselves tirelessly by developing fresh, relevant and life changing messages. And our listeners respond, every day.
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.
The garbage heap of 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.
GROWING LEADERS LOCALLY
At FEBC, demand for local leaders is twofold. We not only need new people to replace those who move on, we require more leaderst to meet the world’s growing need for Gospel Truth.
We’ve now reached a tipping point, one that calls for immediate actions. 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 responsiblities 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 bring people along.
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 70 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 requres 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 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.
FEBC exists for the sole purpose of meeting the spiritual needs of our listeners. We strive to reach the least reached people and the most strategic population centers. FEBC makes decisions on projects to fund based on God’s leading and principles, not on human wisdom.
Every day FEBC reaches millions of people in more than 130 languages and 50 countries. You can help provide radios that will impact people with the life-transforming gospel message. Why are radios so important? Because they can reach populations that others can’t.
Many Christians fear Islam. But in their fear, they fail to understand that many Muslims are desperately seeking after God and are open to the truth of the Gospel. Where missionaries are locked out and local Christians face persecution, radio can reach quietly into the homes and hearts of Muslim believers.
- People groups that occupy the inaccessible mountain regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar & Thailand
- Some of the most religiously intolerant nations in the world, where the persecution of Christians is often severe
- Most people groups are made up of famers who live in poverty and remain untouched by globalization & technology
- In just one people group, the Hmong, 9 million still remain unreached.
In places Christianity never existed, First Generation Churches are springing up everywhere. God is doing a new thing in the hearts of people who are boldly stepping into their newfound faith. Yet this comes at a cost – first generation believers often face opposition from their families, society, and government.