Great God, Great Mission:
The Story Of FEBC

FEBC Origin:

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.

FEBC’s programs are now heard on AM and FM stations worldwide, as well as by satellite, the Internet, and on SD cards through our Gospel Speaker Box. We also broadcast by shortwave through our transmitter sites in the Philippines, sharing Christ with hard-to-reach minority ethnic groups. We are now broadcasting 1,571 hours each day in 141 languages worldwide. Four 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 Jesus Christ.

In 1996 FEBA Radio South Africa, the youngest of the FEBC family, started as a support-raising office for the international ministry of FEBA by UK-based missionary couple Russell and Gill Ashley-Smith with local support from David & Eileen McKibbin. Today, the office which is based in Pretoria has grown into a strong team, not only raising support for both FEBA and FEBC’s international radio and media ministries, but also assumes complete responsibility for the funding and oversight of seven station’s in Africa based in Mozambique, Malawi, Chad, and Mali.