In 1927, God called Clarence and Katherine Jones to go to South America and use radio to help tell people around the world about Jesus Christ. Clarence was excited as he left in 1928 for Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Cuba seeking government permission for the radio station. However he was rejected in each of those countries and returned to Chicago as a failure.
In 1929 and 1930, Clarence Jones would meet four Christian & Missionary Alliance missionary couples who were working in Ecuador, South America: Reuben & Grace Larson, Stuart (D.S) & Irma Clark, John (J.D.) & Ruth Clark and Paul & Bernice Young.
These four couples not only encouraged Clarence to seek permission in Ecuador, but they would help get government permission and play an instrumental role in the founding and operation of Radio Station HCJB.Jones also recruited Eric & Anne Williams as the engineer and technical staff to build and operate the station's first radio transmitter and studio.