|HISTORY: 1939 - 1970
BACK TO THE BIBLE - INTERNATIONAL
1939 – 1945: The War Years
During the period of the second World War, listeners continued to respond well to the Back to the Bible broadcast. In the 1940s, Back to the Bible’s programs were being released one hundred times each week. It was heard twice daily on short wave over South America. Later, the broadcast could be heard in some portions of the world any hour of the day and night.
Mr. Epp saw the need for a literature ministry to supplement the radio programs. He also wanted people to study the Bible themselves. So, the Open Bible Study Courses were made available to the thousands who enrolled in the 1940s.
All seemed to be going well back in the United States. But suddenly, America was stunned on December 7, 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The United States was plunged into World War II.
The war years ended with the surrender of Germany and the leveling of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the atom bomb.
1950: Flourishing By Faith
By May 6, 1951, Back to the Bible was heard all over the United States over the ABC radio network. With overseas coverage already provided by powerful short-wave missionary stations, it was estimated that the broadcasts were heard in 26 countries worldwide.
During the Korean War, Back to the Bible was active in reaching out to American servicemen in North Korea. The programs were carried by the Voice of America and the Armed Forces Radio Services.
Because of the growing need to finance the ministry in the 1950s, the Faith Partners were formed. Faith Partners are committed to regularly support the ministry’s financial needs. In return, they are updated on how their donations are being efficiently used by the ministry.
1960 - 1970: Psychedelic Morality
The race to the stars was on full speed in the 1960s. The Soviet’s Sputnik spacecraft was launched and the Apollo manned-missions landed on the moon in July 1969.
Back on Earth, things were not so successful. The Vietnam War continued to escalate and the hippies introduced a life that revolved around marijuana, morphine and free sex, while the US Supreme Court outlawed prayer and Bible-reading in public schools.
Shifting moral values influenced some radio stations, prompting them to modify their policy on religious broadcasts. Some Back to the Bible programs were moved to less desirable time slots or have been cancelled altogether.
Thus, with the cancellation of some programs, Back to the Bible experienced severe financial setbacks.
In the midst of changing moral values, or even the lack of it, and the untold human tragedies of revolutionary conflicts in Vietnam, South America and Africa, Back to the Bible kept on faithfully proclaiming the only thing that could change people’s hearts during the 1960s -- a right relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.