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1942 - WWII Creates New Opportunities for Ministry

Miner Stearns began creating French and Dutch programs at Radio Station HCJB in 1942.
Dr. Miner Stearns and his wife were missionaries forced to flee Europe when World War II broke out. God used this setback to create new opportunities for ministry during a critical time in history. In 1942, Stearns began creating French and Dutch programs at Radio Station.

 

Ecuadorian President Dr. Carlos Alberto Arroyo del Río gave a radio address from HCJB’s studios in 1942.
Ecuadorian President Dr. Carlos Alberto Arroyo del Río gave a radio address from HCJB’s studios in 1942.


The outbreak of World War II brought new opportunities for radio ministry. People around the world were spending more time listening to radio. More than ever, people needed to hear the message of Jesus' love for them and the peace and hope that can only be found in Him. But what radio listeners were really searching for was news about the war and God provided an amazing opportunity for Radio Station HCJB in an unexpected way.

HCJB and NBC

As part of the war effort, HCJB was asked to become an affiliate of NBC (National Broadcasting Company)—one the largest media networks in the United States.

HCJB aired selected NBC programs and news about the Allies efforts in the war. HCJB also sent news items and recorded special programs that would be aired over the NBC network.

The affiliation with NBC not only increased HCJB's audience around the world, but income from NBC helped build a new studio and office building in 1943.

View of Radio Station HCJB in 1943
The growth of Quito forced Radio Station HCJB to move outside of city limits to its current location in Iñaquito.  The first buildings were Jones’ home and radio studio (at right) and the transmitter building (in front).  Income from HCJB’s affiliation with NBC helped build the new radio studio and office building (at left).

 



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