What began as one pastor’s effort to preach the good news through radio in a small area of Michigan has today grown into a media ministry that spans four continents and proclaims Christ as Savior in over 50 different languages.
In 1944, the Rev. Howard Teusink, then pastor of the Trinity Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan, stayed home one Sunday morning, too sick to preach. From his bed he turned his radio dial, searching for a gospel broadcast. After listening for some time, he became convinced of the need for a radio broadcast with a sound, well-balanced biblical witness.
At the urging of Rev. Teusink’s consistory, the ministry of Words of Hope officially began under the name “Temple Time.” The ministry’s purpose statement was: “to preach through broadcasting Jesus Christ as the only Savior.”
The first broadcast of the new ministry aired on July 22, 1945, from the Central Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. William Goulooze, then Professor of Church History at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, presented a message titled, “Consider Christ Jesus.”
Preaching Christ as Savior remains the core goal of the ministry of Words of Hope today, as we continue to expand our reach into new countries and languages, utilizing new media formats as they become available.
A Trusted Message
First Broadcast Minister
Dr. Henry Bast
Dr. Bill Brownson
Words of Hope
Words of Hope’s daily devotional resource also changes its name from "Prayer Time" to "Words of Hope". Currently, approximately 90,000 copies of each quarterly edition are distributed worldwide.
Excellence in Broadcasting
Rev. David Bast
A Sharper Vision
These goals continue to shape Words of Hope’s efforts. Many new languages have been added in places like Turkey, Iran, India, and Niger, and more are added each year. We consistently seek opportunities to air our programs on new stations worldwide so that more people can hear the programs we produce. Financial reserves have been invested to insure that Words of Hope has the resources to continue proclaiming the gospel for many years to come.
Closer to the Audience
International Recording Studios
Good News, No Boundaries
International broadcasts continue to increase in number, reaching into Uganda, South Asia, Albania, and beyond.