Back to God Ministries International

Our deepest desire is to see the Gospel change the hearts and lives of people all around the globe. Using technology and media we take the word of God to people, right where they are so that they can reframe their lives in light of who God is and how much He loves them.

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Christmas Around the World

Christmas Around the World

What does Christmas mean to people in other countries? Back to God Ministries International serves a widely diverse cultural audience. Our indigenous ministry leaders shared some of the traditions and challenges of celebrating Christ’s birth in the places they serve.

In China, Christmas is about the magical power of love...

Today is a daily devotional that helps God's people refresh, refocus, and renew their faith through Bible reading, reflection, and prayer. Today reaches hundreds of thousands of readers seeking spiritual growth via the Web, email, print, and mobile.

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Wakeful Hope

Rebecca Heys | Dec 07, 2016

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Just as we look forward to Christmas, Christians hope for the day when Christ will come...

For Churches

At Back to God Ministries International, we desire to provide ministry tools and practical resources to help churches disciple their congregations and beyond. When churches partner with Back to God Ministries International, we are all able to reach more people with the Gospel. If your church isn't already one of our ministry partners, we'd love to connect with you and find out how we can help.

Celebrating 75 Years of History

Since 1939, our mission has been to proclaim that Jesus is Lord, help those who want to follow Jesus to know him better, and to strengthen the church. We are humbled that God is using us in such powerful ways to help people like you grow your faith and share the Gospel with others. Thank you for making us part of your life.

1939

The Back to God Hour is born

After the Great Depression halted radio production, the Christian Reformed Church Synod appointed a Radio Committee to begin a media ministry. In 1939, The Back to God Hour broadcast its first radio message in Chicago, Illinois.

1946

Dr. Peter Eldersveld – First Radio Pastor

Dr. Peter Eldersveld was appointed as the first full-time radio pastor to broadcast The Back to God Hour. By the late 1940s, more than 250 stations had picked up the program.

1950

The Family Altar first published

The first printed devotional, The Family Altar, was published. Within the first few months more than 40,000 people subscribed. In 1976 the publication changed its name to Today.

1958

Arabic outreach begins

Our Arabic outreach, led by Rev. Bassam Madany, broadcast its first program to the Arab world.

1965

Spanish outreach begins

Rev. Juan Boonstra began Spanish language programming.

1966

Dr. Joel Nederhood appointed Radio Minister

Dr. Nederhood was appointed as Dr. Eldersveld’s successor as the voice of The Back to God Hour.

1969-1980

Six more language ministries added

Language outreach expanded to include French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. By 1979, The Back to God Hour had eight language ministries reaching 100 countries. In 1980, the ninth language, Russian, was added.