HCJB Global Technology Center is the technical ministry arm of HCJB Global. Together, we exist so that people worldwide come to Christ, become his disciples, and serve him as active vital parts of the body of Christ.
We were originally established in 1986 as the HCJB Global World Radio Engineering Center. Our mandate was to develop 100-kilowatt shortwave transmitters for the ‘World by 2000’ initiative that focused on making Christian radio available in all of the major languages of the world.
Given the geo-political conditions of the day, it was clear that many target audiences could only be reached through the tool of high-power shortwave broadcasting. In 1990, the first of nine 100,000-watt shortwave transmitters went on the air in Pifo, Ecuador. Since that time, eight more transmitters have been built and shipped to strategically-located sites around the world. They have been faithfully sharing the Good News in hundreds of languages into communities and homes where missionaries do not have access.
In 1991, the first ‘suitcase’ radio station was produced with the intent of providing affordable, portable and reliable FM stations to local villages and small cities around the world. The HCJB-designed FM transmitter began broadcasts the following year in the capitol city of Monrovia, Liberia.
By 1992, ‘radio planting’ was used as a strategic partnership between the Technology Center and local Christian radio stations in other countries. The first radio partner was with an FM station in Bukavu, Zaire. Also that year, a partnership was established with a missionary society in Romania to develop a complete network of radio stations throughout that country.
Within two years, a low-power shortwave transmitter was developed and headed for ELWA in Liberia to broadcast throughout that country. Later, more transmitters were installed in others countries in Africa.
In 2010, the Jack and June Nikkel Media Center was completed and began providing an environment for gaining hands-on experience with current and emerging media technologies. In addition to providing support for training and learning activities, this facility is used for the production of audio and video content for use by HCJB Global and its partner ministries.
The Media Center helps open the door to new opportunities by enhancing the range of involvement that we offer to young technologists. Media trainees have a place to put their skills to work on Kingdom applications.
Many more new technologies have been developed over the years such as satellite delivery platforms, radio station automation software, fixed-tuned solar FM radios, a DRM digital radio system, small scale power generation systems, and water well pumps.
The Technology Center is privileged to support the HCJB Global regional offices in their development of technologies as well as hundreds of other organizations and individuals seeking technical consultation, training, and support each year.
As calls and emails come in to the office from around the world, technical help is available. By focusing our efforts and working together, much can be accomplished for the Kingdom.