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On February 20th, Dr. R. R. Brown, pioneer in radio Gospel broadcasting, Bible teacher, evangelist and mission ary leader, went home to be with the Lord. It was four days after his congregation, the C & M A Omaha Gospel Taberna cle, had celebrated his forty-first an niversary as their m i n i s t e r . D r . Brown was listen ing to the services from his hospital bed. On April 8, 1923, when radio was considered a novelty that might not last, Dr. Brown began a radio broad cast which has continued without in terruption over the same station — WOW — to this day. Often he has been named as the first pastor of a radio congregation with continuous services. From tent evangelistic serv ices which Dr. Brown conducted in Omaha in 1922, a great church grew, whose giving to missions has exceeded one million dollars. Dr. Brown trav eled to mission fields in all lands and was a popular conference speaker. He spoke at our Torrey Memorial Con ference and contributed to The King’s Business. “ He will always be remembered for his deep love for missions and his burning passion for the salvation of souls everywhere.” Dr. Joseph Hemphill, Rev. Wilbur Nel son, Dr. Lloyd T. Anderson, and Rev. Wesley Gustafson are among speakers Dr. Brown
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by Betty I n t h e y e a r 1941, Irene Ferrel, of Jerome, Idaho, a beautiful, intelli gent girl in her twenties, entered the Bible Institute of Los Angeles to train for missionary service.- Graduating with a B.A. degree in 1944, she chose for the verse to accompany her pretty, smiling face in the school annual, Isaiah 50:7: “ For the Lord God will help me: therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.” Irene did indeed “ set her face like a flint” to do the will of God. After another year spent in the Fundamen tal Bible School, she was on her way to Africa where she served faithfully under the Baptist Mid-Missions So ciety for fourteen years. She and her co-worker, Ruth Hege, ran the mis sion station at Mangungu, Kwilu province, Congo, where they headed four schools. During the rioting in 1960, in connection with independence in the Congo, the girls were evacuat ed but with a full knowledge of the risk they were running, they returned to their work the next year for an other four-year term. On January 27th word reached this country of the brutal slaying of Irene and serious injury to Ruth. Ruth described what happened: “ Irene was hit right in the face by an arrow, over the nose, when we opened the door to the terrorists at 2 in the morning. I was hit in the arm hy an arrow. Irene was killed instantly. I was struck down first and she fell on top of me and they left us both for dead. The terrorists smashed up our home completely. I just lay there, not dar ing to move. Somehow, I managed to crawl to the garage after they had left me and there friendly Christian vil lagers found me and brought me to
Bruechert the village to hide me from the Muleist [JeunesseJ terrorists who were look ing for me. They are named for their leader, former Congo Education Min ister Pierre Mulele, who was trained by the Communist Chinese. They have sworn to kill all missionaries. “ I was carried on a bicycle to safety but on the way there we were inter rupted by another gang of terrorists and taken back to the mission where Irene still lay dead. They left me there along with a Congolese nurse until a UN helicopter came and got me out.” When Miss Hege was under attack she managed to scribble a note which said: “My co-worker (Irene Ferrel) slipped away to higher planes. My heart is near breaking. The Jeunesse left us as dead, but I am alive. But God (and these lines were heavily underlined) — God, come and help us.” Irene’s sister, Mrs. Winifred Grings, with husband Robert (also mission aries in the Congo) and their three children, were evacuated at the time of this tragedy. Winifred also is a graduate of the Bible Institute. Our hearts go out in heartfelt sympathy to the parents, the Dwight Ferrels, and other relatives. This father, a rugged pioneer, has known many tragedies and triumphs in the rearing of his remarkable family. When Winifred was 15 and Irene 14, their mother died and Mr. Ferrel brought them, son Dwight and youngest daughter Ruth from Nebraska and South Dakota to Idaho. Ruth — a radiant little Christian — died at age 11. Mr. Fer- rel’s second wife Elsie, who lovingly stepped into the breach, was a gradu ate of Biola and it was at Biola too that the lives of the Ferrels became (continued on page 47)
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T his is t h e age of the crowd. There are more of us than ever before and we are more crowd-conscious. Everything is geared to the multitude. In the religious world, the successful preacher is the one who packs the church. The successful church is the one with biggest statistics. But while we are counting numbers, we are not making numbers count. The church has a mission to the multitude and the Gospel is for the millions, but our measurement these days is by size instead of sort, quantity instead of quality. We need to recover our sanity on this subject for we have gone off the deep end with a vengeance. If our equilibrium is to be restored we must study our Lord’s attitude toward the crowd, for here, as everywhere else, He is our example and He sets the pattern. We Must Have Compassion Jesus preached to crowds. He was, in a sense, a mass evangelist for He was a bearer of good news to the multi tude. His teaching and healing attracted thousands. Throughout the Gospels the constant refrain is “ great multitudes followed Him.” They came from every quar ter. They trod one upon another. They pressed upon Him until He had to use a boat for a pulpit. They packed houses until a paralytic had to be lowered through the roof. Crowds, crowds, crowds! What was His attitude toward the throngs? “ But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with com passion on them, because they fainted, and were scat tered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). He did not conform to them to win their favor. He did not condescend with a spirit of proud superiority. He did not pose as a critic and merely lambast them for their sins. He had compassion. They were as shepherd less sheep— and there is no better description of the masses today. We cannot help them if we take the approach of conformity, condescension, criticism. We must have compassion. Although our Lord had compassion, the Teacher did not commit Himself to the throng; the Master did not trust the multitude. We are told that on one occasion many believed in His name when they saw His miracles but He did not trust Himself to these because He knew all men and needed not that any should testify of man, for He knew what was in man (John 2:23-25). He knew that a crowd is not dependable. He did not build His work on a mass movement. He knew that one day the multitude would cry, “ Crucify Him!” Where was His crowd when He was on trial, when He was crucified? Where were they just before Pentecost? We need to learn this lesson. Compassion on the crowd does not require committal to it. The multitude is un certain, even treacherous. We must not be deceived. Our Lord escaped from the crowd now and then to be still and pray. Unless we do the same we shall be swallowed up, assimilated by it.
THE KING'S BUSINESS
What to Expect Furthermore, our Lord thinned the crowd by His preaching. After He had fed the five thousand with loaves and fishes, they followed Him to make Him King. But He gave them the great sermon on the bread and the blood (John 6) and throughout that chapter every few verses record that more and more of His listeners fell away. They wanted His fish but not His flesh. In Luke 14 we read that great multitudes went with Him but He turned and gave them the three “ cannots” of discipleship. That kind of preaching would thin any crowd. It is a wonder that He had any followers at all. He knew the peril of a cheap mass movement and He deliberately preached cross-bearing, forsaking all else, loving Him to the degree that all other loves would be as hate in comparison, letting the dead bury their dead. To His prize prospect, the rich ruler, He made the terms so radical that the young man went away. And when such prospects went away our Lord let them go. He never lowered His terms to win a promising disciple. This approach, with the crowd or with the individual, is unheard-of today. A prominent religious group ad vised its radio and television speakers: “Admonitions and training of Christians on cross-bearing, forsaking all else, sacrifices and service, usually cause the listener to turn the dial. As apostles, can we not extend an in vitation in effect, ‘Come and enjoy our privileges, meet good friends, see what God can do for you’?” This new pitch is a far cry from the way the Saviour went about it. We are out to win and hold the crowd by any means whatever. And if we get a few adherents, we drag out the old argument that the end justifies the means. We would do evil that good might come. If a cocktail party and dance followed by a religious service would yield a convert, I verily believe that some would be for making that a regular procedure. Our Lord was not out to build up a crowd. He was not out to thin the crowd. He was out to gather a few disciples who meant business and His kind of preaching sifted the mixed multitude and produced a Master’s minority. We had better forget the experts and take a page from His Book. Rome founded colonies. Communism begins with cells. Christianity began with a church and the nucleus of that church was a handful of disciples. Our Lord spent most of His time not with the throng but with the twelve. The church at Pentecost began with one hundred and twenty. True, they soon had about three thousand addi tions but that was a result and not a goal as with us. Our trouble is that as soon as we gain a crowd, we are carried away with our size and everything is geared to bigness. Soon the crowd becomes unwieldy and, since matters are usually decided by vote nowadays and not by the Holy Spirit, the pattern is set by a worldly ma jority and not by the dedicated few. The saddest day for the church was when Constantine became a member
and opened the doors to a flood of pagans. We have never recovered from that disaster nor have we totally abandoned his program. Always the Faithful Remnant With our extensive drive for the multitudes there must be the intensive development of a minority or we shall be overwhelmed by our own numbers. As it is now, we cannot get to the goal for stumbling over our own team. We furnish our own greatest interference. It has been said that the greatest mission field today is the membership of the average church. One religious leader has said recently that two-thirds of our church members show no evidence of having been bom again. Our Lord’s program as to crowds is still our pattern. Promoters are apt to mistake motion for progress, ac tivity for spirituality. We Americans think in big fig ures but it is hard to find American standards in the New Testament. Communism has borrowed a page from the technique of the early church and the children of this world—and of the devil—are wiser in their genera tion than the children of light. Communism does not depend on the mass but on the dedicated few. We Chris tians have forgotten our blueprints and are trying to accomplish by a host what will be done by a handful. What we call mobilization is often mob-ilization. Gid eon’s thirty-two thousand is not routing the Midianites these days. We are cumbered, as he was, with the cowards and the careless and we need to recruit a spear head of the consecrated and the competent. While we are going after the thousands we had better rally a Gideon’s three hundred. We need the extensive movement to reach the masses, whether mass evangelism, church soul-winning drives on a massive scale, radio and televi sion preaching to circle the globe. But unless in the crowds we gather we train a redemptive band of Chris tians who are disciples and witnesses as well as believers, we shall be smothered in our own statistics. Dr. Phillips says that the modern church is so prosperous that it is fat and out of breath and so organized that it is muscle- bound. True revival must begin as our Lord began, not with a crowd but with a few. Dr. Torrey used to say that re vival begins with a few church members getting thor oughly right with God themselves. Mr. Moody said that it starts as one starts a fire, with the kindling first and we add the “ big wood” later. Most church members do not respond en masse to a call to repentance. But even in this Laodicean age, some will hear our Lord at the door, will open their hearts and sup with Him in blessed fellowship. Then they will go out, not as a self-righteous clique, but as flaming witnesses to win their indifferent brothers in the church and lost sinners in the world. They will meet the shepherdless multitude not in con formity, condescension or criticisms but with compas sion. Only as we follow the pattern of Christ can we meet the problem of the crowds.
A P R IL, 1964
Violinist David Lassiter, member of the Biola College music faculty, participates in live telecast from HCJB studios.
Pioneer Venture -
Missionary Television by Marjorie Larson
E arly i n D ecember , 1962, Bob Clark, director of mis sionary television station HCJB-TV in Quito, Ecua dor, felt discouraged. While he was convinced that during its three years of telecasting, missionary television had made a solid impact for the Gospel in Ecuador, he was concerned about the Christian public in the United States, whose support and prayers were urgently needed. Few people had any interest in contributing their share of the 12
Lord’s money to television. Because the only TV they knew carried a message incompatible with jnissions, they could not visualize television as a missionary med ium. However, Bob knew that HCJB-TV was different. Added to his burden was the fact that HCJB-TV would soon go off the air for an indefinite time to enable the engineers to make a changeover from Channel 2 to Channel 4. How would the audience react to this halt TH E KING'S BUSINESS
sionary Fellowship, Inc. were not willing to pay any amount to obtain the contract, so negotiations dragged. During late 1959 and 1960 and part of 1961, Bob Clark spent much time in government offices, talking to the heads of Congress, to various high officials and govern ment ministers. He worked with a committee of profes sional and commercial radio men formulating regulations for TV in Ecuador, based primarily on the American FCC standards. He conferred with representatives of the Public Works and Telecommunications Departments. Still, hope for a permanent license seemed dismal. Later Bob was to realize that God had a purpose for the delay — that the timing was perfect according to His schedule. Despite the fact that the desire of the mission aries was to have a contract immediately, God knew they were not yet ready for the responsibilities it involved. Although well-trained in radio, the HCJB personnel was inexperienced in television and needed this waiting period as a “ dress rehearsal” before assuming a full-time schedule. Furthermore, there were no Ecuadorians who had experience in television, so cameramen, floormen, shaders, audio control men, announcers, and even actors had to be trained. There were little or no funds with which to back a full-time TV project, and the equip ment still needed perfecting. Only actual use and testing gave the engineers valuable experience as they worked long hours tuning, repairing, and adjusting. HCJB-TV televised during that two-year period on a limited basis, first one night a week, then three, always
in transmissions? However, Bob was accustomed to prob lems, for HCJB-TV had a history of dilemmas, although each time God had met every crisis. Surely He would do so now. Television for the mission field had been the concept of HCJB missionaries since 1952. However, it was not until 1955, when an engineer in New York, Gift Hart well, started the mammoth task of building a station in his spare time in his own garage, that missionary tele vision actually got a foothold. Even after that, it was several years before Hartwell and HCJB missionaries learned of their mutual vision. Hartwell, realizing the impact which television had made in the United States, felt challenged to build a station for the mission field. He had no funds but he did possess faith and persistence. In 1955 he heard that two General Electric TV stations had gone bankrupt and that their equipment had been returned to G.E. to be scrapped. Hartwell made negotiations to purchase this valuable equipment at rock-bottom prices. Two years later, after more than two thousand hours of spare-time labor with a little more than one thousand dollars in vested, the first complete TV station was finished and tested in Hartwell’s garage. Enough equipment remained on hand to start the construction of a second TV station. The agreement with G.E. was that the equipment should go abroad, but Hartwell still wasn’t certain where that would be until the summer of 1957 when he met three HCJB representatives, one of whom was Bob Clark. They told him they had been praying for years that God would grant them the privilege of pioneering in mission ary television, of presenting the Gospel of Christ through this new medium. They rejoiced with Hartwell, knowing that God had brought them together and had set His final seal of approval upon this new venture into mis sionary television. Construction on the second station began and on June 17, 1958, two complete television stations were dedicated to the Lord. Meanwhile the World Radio Missionary Fellowship, Inc., the official organization which sponsors HCJB in Ecuador, accepted the offer of the free television stations. Hartwell and his wife, Virginia, then felt con strained of the Lord to offer more than just equipment— to offer themselves personally to go to Ecuador as full time missionaries. On January, 22, 1959 five-and-a-half tons of equip ment arrived at its destination in Quito, to become the first television station in the country of Ecuador, as well as the pioneering step in missionary television. Setting it up, as well as constructing and erecting its antenna, took several months. By August the job was terminated and HCJB-TV accepted the invitation of the Union of News papermen in Ecuador to present a television exhibition at the National Fair. In the minds of the newspaper men, the future of television in Ecuador would depend greatly upon how well the public responded to this television tryout. Therefore they gave excellent publicity to the new venture. As a result, crowds thronged the Fair to view television for the first time. The mayor of the city inaugurated HCJB-TV Le Ventana de Los Andes ( “ The Window of the Andes” ) and Ecuadorians pledged to stand behind television because they felt it would bring advancement to their country. Meanwhile problems developed with the Ecuadorian government concerning television norms. The HCJB-TV equipment had been given free import into the country and granted a temporary permit to telecast but it did not have a permanent television contract. Certain men in the government felt that HCJB-TV should pay a large sum (terming it import duty) if the station were to be granted a contract. The trustees of the World Radio Mis
The famed Palermo Brothers participate in TV program. .looking to the Lord for the miracle of a permanent con tract. But the contract did not come. So the WRMF, Inc. decided to put out a fleece before the Lord even as Gideon had done in the Valley of Jezreel. If this were of God, and from the beginning it had seemed to be, then God could do the impossible. He could move in the hearts of government officials to grant a long-term contract, giv ing liberation of duties. It was decided that if the contract were not granted by the middle of April, 1961, HCJB-TV would discontinue its transmission. April 15 came and still the contract had not been granted. So HCJB-TV stopped televising. Had God led this mission astray in shipping its fine equipment to Ecua dor? Had He given them the gift of this station, as well as its builder-engineer, only to take them away? Mis sionaries and Ecuadorians continued to pray. Bob Clark continued to visit government offices. Reaction came quickly; God performed a miracle! Those who had watched the broadcasts for three nights a week were impressed by HCJB-TV and began asking responsible officials what could be done to finalize its contract. Television had made an impact! The people of Ecuador wanted it back on a permanent, full-time basis.
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