Chapter 3 - "For It Is God Who Works"

 

Chapter 3 - Getting Started

        While listening to Marvin Franer's program, the Lord invited Del Underwood to become a partner with Him in this awesome task of bringing a Christian station to Houston. There were many key players in this work of God, as you will read in the following pages, but Del played a significant role.

        Del was a member of Berachah Church and shared Marvin's desire to see Christian Radio in Houston. He had initiative and determination, two character qualities that the Lord knew would carry him through the difficult months and years ahead. His intense dedication held him to the task despite the many obstacles. Del's training as an engineer was a major tool that the Lord used in the nuts and bolts of putting together a radio station.

        But skill was not all that was necessary and Del knew that. He was painfully aware that he could not take on this task without help. The job was too big to tackle by himself. His engineering skills would be of some use, and the things he didn't know he could learn. If he could find someone to serve as the administrative head, that would at least be a starting place. Other details such as financial backing, radio equipment, office space, Gospel music, and good Bible programs would come later. Thus, he began sharing his vision and burden with everyone he met with the goal of finding someone who could serve as station manager. The person would have to be a strong Christian with a heart for sharing the Gospel through radio.

        This was a particularly difficult time in Del's life because his wife, Bea, was receiving radiation treatments after cancer surgery. The three Underwood girls were very small and Del had to be both mom and dad to them. The cancer, though, seemed to have stopped its death march for the time being and this turn of events allowed Del to concentrate on Christian Radio.

        In the ensuing months, Del poured all of his energy into the project. The first hurdle he encountered was the need to obtain a federal First Class Radio Telephone Operators License in order to be qualified to fill out the paper work with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). At that very time, the Lord moved Del's employer in order to provide Del with this license. A project came up that required someone to be certified with a First Class License. Del was selected for the job and was paid to study and take the test required to get the license. Months later, Del passed the exam and received his license. Curiously, at this point his employer decided to cancel the project. Del no longer needed his First Class License for work, but the license now permitted him to proceed with God's plan to make Houston Christian Radio a reality. The Lord worked out each detail to accomplish His sovereign will.

        Del was now equipped to begin transactions leading to a Christian radio station. He shared his desires with several individuals and Christian organizations. Many thought that having a Christian radio station in Houston would be thrilling, but the biggest question was where to get the funds. Del didn't have answers for all the questions, but his faith was in God. He knew that the Lord was not one to forget any details. So he left the finances in the Lord's hands and began collecting used radio equipment in his garage.

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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