Great God, Great Mission:
The Story Of FEBC
God first planted the vision of establishing a missionary radio ministry in the hearts of two young men: John Broger and Bob Bowman, while they were attending the Southern California Bible College. Initially they shared the vision with Rev. William Roberts, the pastor of the church Bowman’s parents attended. He then assisted them in funding the ministry.
In 1945 Bob, John and Rev William, officially incorporated and established FEBC (Far East Broadcasting Company) with one goal in mind; broadcasting Christ to the world. At the time they had no support from a board nor were they affiliated with a specific church denomination. 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).
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.