Chapter 16 - "For It Is God Who Works"


Chapter 16 - Changed Lives

        Someone once said that serving the Lord is 10% ability and 90% availability. The staff and Trustees of KHCB, and particularly Pete, have always had an open-door policy in which people are welcome to call or come by for whatever reason, whether they are struggling with a problem or just need to pray with someone. This spirit of availability has given the staff of Christian Radio the privilege of being used of the Lord in the lives of many people.

Truck Driver

        One day, a truck driver came into KHCB's studios very distraught because he had just been through a divorce. Pete's acute sensitivity to this man's need drew him to help the truck driver. The two men talked and prayed for a long time. At the end of their conversation, the truck driver had calmed down and seemed to be at peace with his situation. He sincerely thanked Pete and left.

        More than 10 years later, he returned to visit the station. After explaining who he was, he thanked Pete for the encouragement he had given him ten years earlier. He also explained that the morning he stopped and asked for prayer, he was on his way to commit suicide. The Lord had led him to stop at KHCB first and, because of Pete's availability, a man's life was spared.

Handicapped Young Man

        A silver-plated fresco given to KHCB is a testimony to the impact of Missionary Radio on the life of one young man who suffered from severe physical and mental handicaps. For a period of years this young man was a familiar voice to the staff of the station. Because of a speech impediment it was very difficult to understand him, but the staff patiently talked to him and joyfully complied, playing the songs he requested.

        One sad morning his parents called and said he had committed suicide. He left a note saying he was a Christian, but that he was tired of living in his harsh physical condition and wanted to go Home. His parents sent a silver-plated fresco to go over KHCB's phone handset in gratitude for the countless times the staff patiently listened and talked to their son. They said that KHCB had been a bright spot in their son's life.

        Only the Lord has record of all those who have come to know Him through the teaching presented on KHCB, but a few of these have written the station to tell of their newfound faith.

Thank you for ministering to me for the last year. It was about this time a year ago the Lord gave me a new spirit from above. Charles Stanley explained the meaning of the cross to me on your radio station one morning while driving to work and that was when His love first pierced through me. I give thanks and praise to the Lord for my new life in Christ and the work KHCB is doing for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Another listener realized her need for a Savior through the program during a message by Dr. Anthony Evans:

I would like to thank you for the "Urban Alternative." It was five years ago while flipping through radio stations that I landed on Tony Evans' sermon and realized my need for Jesus in my life.

Although the majority of KHCB's audience is Christian, many, such as the man in the following letter, are listening to KHCB in order to find out about the Christian life.

I am a lost sheep searching for his Shepherd (the Lord God, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Ghost). I am using your radio station as a beacon to help in my search for my Shepherd.


I had to write you and tell you how much I appreciate the work that you are doing. I am forty-four years old. I became born again just a few months ago, and I wanted to say that your station played no small part in my conversion. It seemed that no matter what time of day or night I listened there was always a message for me.

Some have been listening to the station almost since the first day.

You will never know how much I enjoy listening to your radio station. I found KHCB when I was expecting my son in 1962. He is now 32 years old. I was born again at a Billy Graham Revival in 1952. Your programs thru the years have really helped me to grow in the Lord Jesus Christ.


I again wish to thank you and tell you my appreciation for all the years I have been able to hear God's Word and music from your station. I have been listening since early 1962 when the station was on for just a few hours a day. Since I've been a widow since December 16, 1961, I just can't tell you how much your broadcasting has meant to me.

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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