4 June, 1948, 6 pm. FEBC Philippines’ first station, KZAS “Airways of Salvation” – now known as 702 DZAS “Agapay ng Sambayanan” successfully went on air, opening its maiden broadcast with the triumphant song, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”.
When Bob Bowman, John Broger, and William Roberts followed God’s lead to start a missionary radio to share Christ to the world, they had one particular country in mind – China, which was closed to missionaries. Hence, Far East Broadcasting Co. (FEBC) was born. Song was one woman who heard the broadcast.
Their very first broadcast was aired from Shanghai. But by 1948, China had closed its doors to foreign missionaries.
Ancestry matters a great deal to Chinese, so much so that there is a festival where ancestors are worshipped. But the majority do not realise their ancestors practised a monotheistic religion, and the God worshipped had the same characteristics as Yahweh. Many Chinese characters tell biblical stories. FEBC is reuniting the Chinese with their spiritual heritage.