In 1984 HCJB Global President Ron Cline was thinking about all of the successful ministry the organization was doing. Then God asked Ron, "What about all those other people—the people who cannot hear the gospel in a language they can understand?"
For Ron Cline, this seemed to be an impossible task. After all, there are thousands of languages in nearly 200 countries. He wondered how anyone could ever find Christians that speak all those languages and who would be capable of making good radio programs. There would be many technical issues about where to put studios and transmitters and how much all of it would cost. Of course for God, nothing is impossible!
In 1985, HCJB Global, Far East Broadcasting Co. and Trans World Radio signed a commitment called "World By 2000," endeavoring to broadcast the gospel in every major language, using all available facilities and developing new sites so that all men, women and children might hear the gospel in languages they could understand. Other organizations including SIM, FEBA Radio and Words of Hope later joined the partnership, now named "World by Radio," which continues to seek out and work with local partners to meet this goal.