Note: These valuable helps are offered to qualified Christian ministry partners working in areas with limited access to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
With the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, it became apparent that groups of Christians who had been isolated from contact with other believers had kept the faith for decades; many by listening to HCJB's shortwave broadcasts from Ecuador. Now, with newfound religious freedom, followers of Christ recognized the potential opportunity to establish local broadcast outlets that would assist them in spreading the Good News to their countrymen. Up to that point in time, broadcasting equipment was large, expensive, and cumbersome. Laws governing the importation of equipment were largely undefined in the former Soviet satellite countries. The Lord led the HCJB Global Technology Center to develop an FM transmitter large enough to reach a city, yet small enough to fit in a suitcase.
A ministry thrust known as "Radio Planting" got its start with the in-house development of a 10-watt FM transmitter to meet the need for portable, high-quality FM broadcasting equipment. Within several years, higher-powered transmitters were developed to allow the radio signals to reach more people.
Through a partnership with Crown Broadcast (a division of International Radio and Electronics Corporation), a full line of transmitter models with different power capabilities now exists. These transmitters, along with specially designed antenna systems are still often delivered by way of suitcases to media ministry sites.
The Technology Center is privileged to support HCJB Global in its radio planting efforts around the world. In addition, over one hundred other organizations and individuals seek technical support each year from the Technology Center in order to put feet to their media ministries.
The Broadcast Services Department at the HCJB Global Technology Center responds to a steady stream of inquiries and requests for help. Often, people call or email, wanting to know how to go about establishing a radio ministry. Training is sometimes provided, either on-site or in-house, to help equip partners for effective operation of their ministry outlets. When lightning strikes or power surges take a station off the air, Technology Center staff will go to great lengths to help restore a station's operation. Working together, much can be accomplished for the Kingdom.