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Our History

Our History


In 1927, God used the story from Acts 8:26 to call Clarence to "Arise and go south with the Gospel... using Radio." Clarence would start Radio Station HCJB in Quito Ecuador in 1931. The mission would grow into a global ministry that was guided by these two foundational verses:

"Call unto me and I will show you great and mighty things which you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3

"...Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty." Zachariah 4:6

Reach Beyond started out as the first missionary radio station, but our founders were willing to use any means, tools or technologies available to help present the Gospel. The mission also recognized the need to demonstrate the Gospel in practical ways which led to the development of medical and community development ministries.  Our goal was never to just present or demonstrate the Gospel, rather to obey Jesus's command to go make disciples.  One of the strengths of Reach Beyond is that from the very beginning we have been committed to doing ministry through partnership with national believers, the local church and like-minded ministries.  

We are committed to both proclaim and demonstrate the Gospel, not using our own strength, rather serving obediently alongside our partners as the Voice and Hands of Jesus.

Celebrate with us by looking back at our history and seeing how God has used Radio Station HCJB and Reach Beyond around the world.

Paul Rader, Clarence Jones and the Beginnings of Christian Radio
1922
Evangelist Paul Rader begins first Christian radio broadcasts in Chicago. Clarence Jones leads Rader's radio ministry called WJBT - Where Jesus Blesses Thousands. Read more
1927 - Arise and Go South with Radio!
1927
Clarence Jones gives his life to missionary service and then hears God calling him to "Arise and go South with the Gospel... using radio." Read more
1928
1928
Clarence Jones travels to Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, and Cuba seeking permission for a missionary radio station. Rejected, Clarence questions his calling.
1930 - Permissions granted to start Radio Station HCJB in Ecuador
1930
Clarence meets Christian & Missionary Alliance missionaries who encourage him to start a radio station in Ecuador, and help him get government permissions. Read more
1931 Incorporation of The World Radio Missionary Fellowship, Inc.
1931
The World Radio Missionary Fellowship, Inc. was incorporated "To erect and operate radio stations for missionary broadcasting in all parts of the world." Read more
1931 Radio Station HCJB's First Program
1931
Radio Station HCJB aired its first program on Christmas day, 1931. It was the world's first missionary radio station—in bold faith broadcasting to the 5 or 6 known radios in all of Ecuador, South America. Read more
1932 - The Whisper of the Andes
1932
HCJB - The Voice of the Andes starts as a whisper. It would take many people working together to keep HCJB on the air. Read more
1933 - Box Car Evangelism
1933
Clarence Jones and D.S. Clark did "box car evangelism" as they demonstrated radio during a two-month traveling train exposition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the world's most difficult railroad. Read more
1934
1934
Radio Circle began establishing public listening posts where people could gather to listen to HCJB.
1936
1936
The Gospel Sound Truck ministry began doing evangelism in public squares and markets throughout Ecuador. Read more
1937
1937
Radio Station HCJB adds a 1,000 Watt transmitter designed and built by HCJB's Ecuadorian engineer, Victoriano Salvador. Read more
1940 - 10,000 Watts and the Cubical Quad Antenna
1940
HCJB adds a 10,000 Watt transmitter allowing people to hear broadcasts all around the world. The power increase present new challenges, leading Clarence Moore to invent the Cubical Quad antenna. Read more
1941
1941
Radio Station HCJB adds programs in Russian, Swedish, and Quichua to its exisitng Spanish and English broadcast schedule. Read more
1942
1942
Radio Station HCJB adds broadcasts in Dutch and French.
1944
1944
Radio Station HCJB adds broadcasts in Arabic, Czech, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Yiddish
1945
1945
Radio Station HCJB adds programs in German.
1948
1948
Radio Station HCJB adds broadcasts in Bohemian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Urdu.
1949
1949
The Bible Institute of the Air began training radio listeners by offering correspondence courses in Bible, theology and Christian ministry.
1949 2
1949
HCJB launches its medical department with the arrival of Dr. Paul Roberts, and Nurse Kay Erb. They were quickly put into service when a disastrous earthquake hit Ecuador, killing more than 6,000 people.
1949 3
1949
Radio Circle begins building economical fixed-tuned radios. In the following 20 years, the ministry would distribute over 14,000 radios in Ecuador.
1950
1950
Official inauguration of the indigenous hostel and medical clinic dedicated to helping Indigenous Ecuadorians.