Chapter 1 - "For It Is God Who Works"

 

Chapter 1 - From Houston to the World

        When KHCB staff member Joe Addison answered the phone, he noted the excitement in the gentleman's voice on the other end of the receiver. He had tuned in to KHCB that morning and was particularly pleased with the inspirational music played on Christian Radio.  Those kinds of calls are not uncommon. KHCB listeners enjoy a balance of uplifting praise music and traditional hymns. Joe smiled and thanked the man for his compliments. The caller asked several questions about what programs KHCB offers. Joe named several of the programs including the church services aired on Sunday morning with Houston area pastors.

        Joe offered to send him a program schedule and asked for the caller's mailing address. When he came to the state and heard "Montana," Joe sat straight up in his chair. MONTANA?! "You must be listening on the satellite," Joe exclaimed excitedly.

        As they talked further, Joe learned that his newfound friend was a retired army doctor who tuned to KHCB when he saw the station listed in the weekly satellite guide. He had lived in Texas at one point and was familiar with the names of some of the local pastors who have programs on KHCB. The doctor requested a dozen program schedules so that he could spread the word about KHCB to his church friends and to several Christian camps in his area.

        After hanging up, Joe told the rest of the staff about his exciting phone call. It had only been two weeks since KHCB began broadcasting on the satellite. In the following weeks calls came from Alaska, Georgia, California, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, and even as far away as British Columbia, Canada. Most of those who called expressed their appreciation for the uplifting music and excellent Bible teaching on the station.

        In the meantime, electronic mail started coming in from all over the world from people who had discovered KHCB on the Internet. The Trustees had been praying and searching for opportunities to expand the ministry. New technology made it possible for those with a sound card and modem to listen to Christian Radio while working at their computer.

        How did a non-commercial, listener-supported Christian Radio station in Houston with only a dozen people on staff and a monthly budget of less than $75,000 come to have this worldwide outreach? Is there a secret resource that keeps the station afloat? Yes; it is an all-powerful, wealthy Heavenly Father that "giveth, and giveth, and giveth again." The story of KHCB is intertwined with the story of God's love poured out in bountiful heaps upon those who have chosen to trust Him alone to meet the daily needs.

        Unlike most non-commercial stations, KHCB holds no fund-raising campaigns. In fact, listeners are offered a variety of services including cassette copies of programs at no charge; not even a suggested donation. What's more, KHCB listeners never hear a plea for funds. The staff and Trustees look daily to the Lord to put it in the hearts of listeners to participate in the ministry. This has been the policy since the station went on the air in 1962 as the first Christian radio station in Houston. Now, KHCB has grown to include an FM and AM station, a translator station, satellite programming and worldwide access via the Internet. This is the story of how it all began.

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Table of Contents

Foreword & Preface
1. From Houston to the World
2. A Seed is Planted
3. Getting Started
4. The Lord's Ways
5. God Reveals His Best
6. The Lord Provides Personnel
7. Remodeling
8. Financial Struggles
9 Ministering Servants
10. KHCB Goes to the Rodeo
11. Programming
12. Expanding
13. New Studio Building
14. The Tall Tower
15. Volunteers
16. Changed Lives
17. Trustees
18. AM Station Acquired
19. Hispanics Launch Friendship Radio
20. Chinese Language Programming
21. The Gospel in Vietnamese
22. Translator Takes KHCB-FM to Bryan
23. Reaching for the Stars
24. To the Ends of the Earth
25. And the Work Goes On