Reaching out to the peoples of the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ
Watchmen Ministries was founded as an organization on January 3, 1992 in Portland, Oregon. The ministry was founded with the purpose of proclaiming the gospel on radio and began with one broadcast in English in the United States. Over the years we have usually had at least one broadcast in the USA.
In 1993, we expanded to an international radio ministry by beginning a broadcast to the West Indies. That ministry also resulted in the beginning of a Bible Correspondence Course, which has continued over the years. We aired programs in the West Indies on local radio up until 2001, and continue to reach into that area through shortwave.
Also in 1993, we began broadcasts to China starting with an English broadcast that continued for about seven months. Then we added a Chinese pastor to our staff and switched from English to Mandarin. We began this first Mandarin broadcast on the Voice of Hope of High Adventure Ministries. Later we changed to Trans World Radio where we now air two Mandarin programs each week. We now have two Mandarin main speakers on our staff in addition to other Mandarin announcers. We have also broadcast Mandarin programs on the Bible Broadcasting Network internet station as well as on our own web site.
In 1996 with the addition of a Spanish pastor to our staff, we began a Spanish language broadcast on shortwave radio to Latin America. Later, we began broadcasts on HCJB World Radio in Quito, Ecuador and also on local radio in Colombia. We also send Spanish programs to Spain for broadcast there.
With the addition of a French pastor to our staff in 1997, we began French language broadcasts to Europe on shortwave and later to French speaking Africa on local radio and shortwave. We also began a broadcast to Quebec in French. Our French ministry has also included a French language web site where radio programs are available on demand for listening.
In 2001, we added a Cantonese speaker to our staff and began Cantonese broadcasts to China on Trans World Radio. We also added a Russian speaker and began Russian broadcasts to Europe on shortwave radio. Both of these broadcasts continued for a time but have since been suspended. Though, the Cantonese broadcast is still available for listening on our web site. The Cantonese broadcasts on radio will continue in the future as funding becomes available.
Also, in May of 2001, we added "international" to our name to better reflect the purpose and scope of our ministry. We became known as Watchmen Radio Ministries International.
In 2003, we began our International Partners in Evangelism program through which we have partnered with Christian workers in other countries to reach their peoples with the gospel through radio. Through this program we established field studios in Nepal and India and added a ministry partner in Africa. Our field studio in Nepal is being used as a center for processing radio programs in several languages of central and south Asia with the goal of reaching the less evangelized peoples of the world in the 10/40 Window. We presently are recording radio programs in Nepali, Telugu, Bangla, Dzongkha, Urdu, Punjabi, and other languages.
Since 2003, we have continued to develop field studios in Asia and Africa. Presently, we are broadcasting the gospel in 19 languages. Our most recent field studio was set up in the Philippines. We are broadcasting in the Cebuano language there and will be adding another language there soon.
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