The year 2005 is the 60th anniversary of the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) and it is ready to take on another year of mission challenges since its fruitful harvest in 2004. A record of 30, 477 responses were received from every province and municipality of China.
As expected, coastal cities in China yielded the most listeners’ responses since they receive the strongest radio signals. But remote places like Xinjiang and Tibet also sent 35 letters to FEBC, proving that the Gospel has been spreading to the ends of the earth.
Yet, always striving for the best, FEBC emphasized that they would double their effort to run and finish the race and not stay contented with the accomplishments of the past. Their goal for 2005 is to have more first-time listeners and to encourage responses from seeker. “We must seize the opportunities and save as many souls as the Lord wills.”
Internet broadcast was also launched on October 31, 2004 and there is an average of 800 hits each day through the programs that are synchronized with the radio broadcast schedule. “We pray that our website at www.liangyou.net will open up a brand new channel for young internet surfers to get to know Christ.”
Li, an audience from the Province of Shandong, wrote, “Having graduated from college, I was not doing well and the future seemed bleak to. Sometimes I wanted to end it all because life was meaningless. One night, out of my boredom, I turned on the radio. Suddenly your voice came into my ears, such a comfort and encouragement! They gave me courage to live.”
Now, at the threshold of the 21st century, FEBC is at their third phase of Gospel Broadcasting. Challenges of meeting the needs of nearly 100 million believers on one hand and to evangelize over one billion who have not yet heard lay ahead but after serving for sixty years, FEBC is not near giving up. “We trust that our partners in radio outreach have already prepared themselves to stand with us shoulder to shoulder for the advancement of God’s kingdom.”
Far East Broadcasting Company is an international Christian organization, non-profit and non-denominational. Founded in 1945, FEBC has now 37 medium wave, short wave and FM stations, with close to 1000 staff. FEBC uses more than 150 languages to bring the gospel to two-thirds of the world's population.