Canadian Local Ministries
China Program Production
Background on China
Government: Communist state
Population: 1.3 billion – Han Chinese 91.5%, Zhuang, Manchu, Hui, Miao, Uighur, Tujia, Yi, Mongol, Tibetan, Buyi, Dong, Yao, Korean, and other nationalities 8.5% (2000 census)
Language: Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghainese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages
Religion: Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist, Christian 3%-4%, Muslim 1%-2%
note: officially atheist (2002 est.)
FEBC in China
When China closed its doors to foreign missionaries in 1948, FEBC moved its Asian base of operations to the Philippines. FEBC’s first broadcasts over local station KZAS went on the air on June 4, 1948 in Manila. International broadcasts to China started on July 27, 1949 with the help of Chinese Filipino Christians and soon expanded to most of Southeast Asia. By the end of 1949, FEBC had 27 languages on the air.
China Ministry Highlights
Chinese Program Production
FEBC-Hong Kong is the major production center for our China broadcasts. It produces over 200 hours of programs monthly in Mandarin, Cantonese and other minority languages. Programs produced serve three different purposes: evangelistic, nurturing and training. FEBC-Hong Kong also hosts live programming from Hong Kong by Internet connection to the Philippines.
Chinese Programming Coordination
FEBC-Hong Kong also serves as the China Ministry Office (CMO), coordinating the daily production of 33.5 hours of programs produced by 6 FEBC studios in Singapore, Taipei, La Mirada, Vancouver, Toronto and Hong Kong. More than 32 hours of these programs are available on the Internet. These programs are broadcast from stations in the Philippines and Jeju, South Korea.
Liangyou Theological Seminary
This two-year Bible school offered by radio since 1992 trains pastors and lay leaders for ministry in China. As of July 2013, enrollment stood at 13,200 students, of which 2,500 are active.
Minority Language Broadcasts
For many years our Hong Kong office has been broadcasting to 7 ethnic groups exceeding several million people through programs in their own language. Minority language broadcasts are not only effective at sharing the gospel, they also help ethnic groups retain their own culture.
With the opening of Mainland China, FEBC-Hong Kong has carefully initiated additional in-country ministry, such as visiting listeners, distributing radios, CDs, and other materials. Over 35 seminars on family & marriage have been held with total attendance exceeding 5,000. Offices and studios have also been established within China. Radio production began in 2009, and in 2010 we began buying airtime from two FM stations, increasing to a 7th station in April 2012.