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Our History

Our History


In 1927, God called Clarence Jones 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 began as the world's 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 founding of the mission, we were committed to doing ministry through partnership with national believers, the local church, and like-minded ministries.  

Join us in celebrating God's faithfulness and what He has done since our beginnings as Radio Station HCJB through what He is doing through Reach Beyond today.

Paul Rader, Clarence Jones and the Beginnings of Christian Radio
1922
Evangelist Paul Rader begins 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 with a big vision "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 - Radio Circle and the Quito Radio Agency
1934
Radio Circle began establishing public listening posts where people could gather to listen to HCJB. Read more
1936 - Evangelism on Wheels
1936
The Gospel Sound Truck ministry began doing evangelism in public squares and markets throughout Ecuador. Read more
1937 - HCJB's First Ecuadorian Engineer Victoriano Salvador
1937
Radio Station HCJB adds a 1,000 Watt transmitter designed and built by HCJB's Ecuadorian engineer, Victoriano Salvador. Read more
1939
1939
HCJB builds a new transmitter facility land purchased north of Quito's city limits. Soon the entire station moves there.
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 - HCJB Adds Russian, Swedish, and Quichua Programs
1941
Radio Station HCJB adds programs in Russian, Swedish, and Quichua to its exisitng Spanish and English broadcast schedule. Read more
1942 - WWII Creates New Opportunities for Ministry
1942
Radio Station HCJB adds broadcasts in Dutch and French. Becomes a NBC Affiliate station. Read more
1944 - Reaching Regions Beyond by Radio
1944
Radio Station HCJB adds broadcasts in Arabic, Czech, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Yiddish. Read more
1945
1945
Radio Station HCJB adds programs in German.
1948
1948
Radio Station HCJB adds broadcasts in Bohemian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Urdu.
1948 2
1948
Ecuadorian President awards HCJB with the distinguished National Order "For Merit" in the degree of Knight.
1949 - The Bible Institute of the Air
1949
The Bible Institute of the Air began training radio listeners by offering correspondence courses in Bible, theology and Christian ministry. Read more
1949 - Beginnings of HCJB's Medical Department
1949
HCJB launches its medical department with the arrival of Dr. Paul Roberts, and Nurse Kay Erb. Read more
1949 3
1949
The disastrous earthquake hits near Ambato, Ecuador, killing more than 6,000 people. Ecuador's President asks HCJB for help. Radio and medical staff quickly leap into action.
1949 4
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 - HCJB Medical Clinic and Indigenous Hostel
1950
Official inauguration of the indigenous hostel and medical clinic dedicated to helping Indigenous Ecuadorians. Read more
1951
1951
Work begins on constructing a new shortwave broadcast facility near the town of Pifo, Ecuador, some 15 miles east of Quito.
1954
1954
Radio Station HOXO, "The Voice of the Isthmus," comes under the control of HCJB and the Latin America Mission.
1955 - Jungle Medical Clinic in Shell
1955
Medical clinic opens in Shell with Dr. Ev Fuller in charge. Read more
1955 2
1955
Rimmer Memorial Hospital, later known as Hospital Vozandes-Quito opens as the first evangelical hospital in Ecuador.
1955 3
1955
The Palmer School of Nursing begins in Quito.
1956
1956
Five missionaries are killed by the Waorani on Palm Beach. Radio Station HCJB's reporting on the story goes worldwide.
1956 2
1956
Radio Station HCJB adds a 50-kw transmitter designed and built by HCJB Engineers.
1957
1957
Dedication of the Iñaquito Evangelical Church building. The church was begun by HCJB missionaries through ministries at HCJB's medical clinic.
1958
1958
Epp Memorial Hospital dedicated in the eastern jungle community of Shell Mera, Ecuador. The hospital would later be known as Hospital Vozandes-Shell
1959 - HCJB Television - The Window of the Andes
1959
HCJB brings television to Ecuador and becomes the world's first missionary TV station. Read more
1960
1960
Mobile medical clinics begin operating on a regular basis.
1961
1961
Vozandes Printshop begins operations in Quito.
1962
1962
All Ecuador Gospel Network opens new studios and headquarters in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Japanese broadcasts on HCJB
1964
Japanese Language Service begins producing programs in Quito. Read more
1965
1965
Papallacta hydroelectric power plant is dedicated, providing 1.8 megawatts of electricity to the Pifo transmitter site.
1965 2
1965
The mission's first Quito Day concerts take place in the Sucre National Theater, commemorating the founding of Quito on Dec 6, 1534.
The Call That Stopped a Revolution
1965
Luis Palau shares the Gospel and gives live on-air telephone counseling on HCJB-TV. One call led to many lives being changed, and even helped stop a revolution. Read More
1966
1966
New Spanish hymnal, "Himnos de Fe y Alabanza," compiled and edited by Field Director Bob Savage and published by Singspiration, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
1967
1967
Nearly 50 tons of discounted and donated high-powered shortwave equipment arrives in Ecuador. By 1970, three 100-kw transmitters had gone into service, bringing the mission's total broadcast power to over 500,000 watts.
1971
1971
Dedication of the Lake Loreto dam, a project to help regulate the water supply of the Papallacta hydroelectric plant.
1972
1972
HCJB obtains a license for FM Radio Station HCJB-2 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
1972 2
1972
HCJB's television station in Quito is sold. TV production continues with distribution to stations throughout Latin America.
1974
1974
Radio Station HCJB FM goes on the air in Quito.
1974 2
1974
HCJB Engineers begin work on designing and building a 500-kw shortwave transmitter in Elkhart, Indiana.
1974 3
1974
Hospital Vozandes Quito expands its capacity to 45 beds, opens an Intensive Care Unit, and an Ophthalmology clinic.
1975
1975
Portuguese Language Department moves to Curibita, Brazil to build greater support.
1975 2
1975
HCJB broadcasts its first program received via satellite—the Luis Palau evangelistic campaign in Managua, Nicaragua. 56 radio stations retransmit HCJB's broadcasts.
1975 3
1975
Clarence Jones is among the first to be inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
1975 4
1975
Czech Language Service begins.
1978
1978
Program Automation Control System (PACS), designed by HCJB engineers begins initial stages of operation.
1978 2
1978
Community Development Department begins in Ecuador.
1978 3
1978
Formal training of interns begins at Hospital Vozandes-Quito.
1978 4
1978
HCJB begins operating radio station KVMV in McAllen, Texas, in order to reach Spanish-speaking people living on both sides of the border.
1979
1979
The steerable antenna, the first of it's kind, enters service in Pifo, Ecuador. The antenna produced an effective broadcast output of 100 million watts.
1980
1980
The first health promoters graduate from a health training course taught cooperatively by Vozandes Community Development and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health.
1981
1981
Ecuador's Minister of Public Works inaugurates HCJB's new 500-kw transmitter, which effectively doubles the mission's total broadcast power to 1 million watts.
1982
1982
Ecuador's Vice President inaugurates the second hydroelectric plant at Papallacta, adding 4.2 megawatts of power.
1982 2
1982
World Radio Network Inc. is formed to place Christian radio ministries along the U.S.-Mexico border.
1983
1983
HCJB's first repeater station is installed in Esmeraldes, Ecuador, in partnership with the Missionary Church.
1984
1984
The Christian Center of Communications is launched in Quito to provide college-level practical training in radio, television and print media to Christians from Latin America.
1985
1985
HCJB initiates the World by 2000 commitment with Far East Broadcasting Co., Trans World Radio, and SIM (joining later) to make Christian radio programs available in all of the world's major languages.
1985 2
1985
Hospital Vozandes-Shell opens its new 35-bed facility.
1985 3
1985
ASOMA is formed as an Ecuadorian organization to assume responsibility for some local Spanish media minisries.
1985 4
1985
HCJB's river blindness research begins in northwestern Ecuador
1986
1986
HCJB Engineering Center opens in Elkhart, Indiana, to build high-powered transmitters for missionary radio around the world.
1987
1987
Work begins on Project Life, the modernization and expansion of Hospital Vozandes-Quito.
1990
1990
First HC100 goes on the air—a 100,000-watt transmitter, designed and built by engineers and staff at the HCJB Engineering Center.
1990 2
1990
Uzbek programs begin as the first language added by HCJB as part of the World by 2000 commitment.
1990 3
1990
HIV/AIDS clinic opens at Hospital Vozandes-Quito.
1990 4
1990
Arabic programs re-launched on Radio Station HCJB.
1991
1991
First suitcase radio station is produced at the HCJB Engineering Center.
1991 2
1991
First satellite medical clinic opens in Quito.
1992
1992
HCJB holds first first radio production course in the former Soviet Union at Donetsk Christian University in Ukraine.
1992 2
1992
Apoyo, a joint ministry of HCJB and Leadership Resources International, is launched to to train pastors in Latin America and beyond.
1992 3
1992
"Radio planting" as a strategy for partnering and equipping local Christians to start radio stations begins with the launch of an FM radio station in Bukavu, Zaire.
1994
1994
The ALAS Spanish satellite radio service begins offering programming to stations throughout Latin America in conjunction with Trans World Radio.
1994 2
1994
HCJB commits to regionalization of the mission and relocating staff for the purpose of carrying out more effective ministry worldwide.
1994 3
1994
The Euro-Asia Region is established.
1995
1995
Apoyo begins ministry in Cuba and gives training and a basic Bible study library to 100 pastors and church leaders.
1996
1996
Completion of Project Life at Hospital Vozandes-Quito.
1996 3
1996
HCJB launches Beyond the Call, a nationally syndicated, one-minute radio program hosted by Ron Cline.
1997
1997
The Latin America Region is established.
1997 2
1997
North Africa/Middle East Region is established.
1997 3
1997
Sub-Saharan Africa Region is established.
1998
1998
Arabic and some Russian program broadcasts are moved from Ecuador to transmitters in the United Kingdom.
2000
2000
Russia Satellite Service (New Life Radio) begins in partnership with the Evangelical Covenant Church.
2001
2001
Hydroelectric plant No. 3 is dedicated. Located at Lake Loreto, the plant is capable of generating 2 megawatts of electricity.
2001 2
2001
North African Satellite Service begins broadcasting Arabic programming via a direct-to-home satellite.
2002 2
2002
The Asia Pacific Region is established.
2003
2003
HCJB-Australia begins shortwave broadcasting to Asia and the South Pacific from Kununurra, Western Australia.
2003 2
2003
HCJB missionaries start an English Conversation Club for English leaners. This ministry would expand to provide training and resources for in-person and online English conversation clubs around the world.
2005
2005
The Jose Manrique Izquieta medal presented to HCJB by Ecuadori's VIce President Dr. Alfredo Palacios for work in eradicating river blindness in Ecuador.
2005 2
2005
After 20 years of partnership in the World by Radio effort, there are only 59 of the original 372 major languages still needing Christian programming.
2005 3
2005
HCJB sends three medical relief teams from Ecuador—one to Nias Island, Indonesia, and two to Pakistan.
2005 5
2005
First Radio School of Mission in the Asia Pacific Region is held in Singapore.
2007
2007
HCJB World Radio becomes HCJB Global.
2008
2008
LifeFM, Ireland's first evangelical Christian radio station goes on the air in Cork.
2009
2009
Vozandes-Media is formed out of HCJB Global's German Language Service to continue German broadcasts, and shortwave programming in several indigenous languages of Ecuador.
2009 3
2009
Shortwave broadcasting from Pifo, Ecuador, ends after 56 years, as the mission refocuses media efforts in Latin America on local radio and internet streaming, program production and satellite distribution, and radio planting and training.
2009 4
2009
Corrientes program launched in Quito to mentor and help prepare Latin Americans for cross-cultural ministry, evangelism and discipleship.
2010
2010
Emergency medical response team from Ecuador responds immediately after the Jan 12th earthquake in Haiti. The mission sent four additional Ecuadorian teams throughout the year.
2010 2
2010
HCJB Global plants 4 FM radio stations in Ghana with three different partners. The mission also sends teams to help build a clinic and hold mobile medical clinics in areas around two of the new stations.
2011
2011
Surpassed 1 million visits to the English Conversation Club website, with over 400,000 visitors, speaking 160 languages, from 215 countries.
2011 2
2011
HCJB Global's first summer medical internship program in Africa, with partner Theovision in Accra, Ghana.
2011 3
2011
Planted four radio stations in Thailand, and provided equipment for 5 others, as part of a locally led church-planting effort, with plans for 100 stations throughout the country.
2012
2012
First conference for media partners in Russia, attracting representatives from 75 percent of Christian radio ministries nationwide
2013
2013
HCJB Global closes Hospital Vozandes-Shell and announces the sale of Hospital Vozandes-Quito as part of refocusing global healthcare ministries.
2013 2
2013
HCJB begins medical work in Central Asia by sending a team to provide mobile medical clinics in a remote area. Community development staff also went along to help build a clean water project.
2014
2014
HCJB Global becomes Reach Beyond.
2014 2
2014
Reach Beyond plants its 100th radio station in the Asia Pacific Region since 2004.
2017
2017
Reach Beyond-UK opens the Millside Centre in Bradford, England that provides tools and programs for the community’s vulnerable population, including many refugees and unreached people.
2017 2
2017
Reach Beyond begins using a mobile app to distribute content and programs in Central Asia.
2018
2018
Reach Beyond partners with a Bangladeshi NGO to start a medical clinic in a Rohingya refugee camp.
2018 2
2018
Reach Beyond partners with an Arabic media ministry to offer 24/7 online Christian programming created specifically for women.
2018 3
2018
Reach Beyond surpasses the milestone of having planting more than 600 radio stations around the world since 1992.
2019
2019
Reach Beyond begins partnership with refugee ministries in Greece.
2019 3
2019
Reach Beyond-New Zealand begins partnership with Kingston Comics to distribute the SuperBible digitally via a mobile app as well as translate the SuperBible into many languages.
2020
2020
COVID-19 brings new opportunities to work with partners around the world to minister to people's physical and spiritual needs through media, healthcare, and food distribution to families in crisis.
2021
2021
HCJB Radio FM is granted frequency concessions by the Ecuadorian Government—the final step in establishing the station as an independent self-sustaining Ecuadorian ministry.