How a Simple Christ-Centered Radio Show Became Something Much Larger

What started as a simple Christ-centered radio show has grown into something much larger.

Square One World Media is a Christian media organization that was started over 70 years ago in 1947 by a small group of Bible College students who dreamed of using the radio to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with their neighbors. Anglophones in Winnipeg.

At the time, it was called Gospel Light Hour. Three years later, in 1950, Gospel Light Hour became an agency and the vision quickly expanded to include radio broadcasts in multiple languages.

“It started with English, then Low German, then Russian, then Spanish and Ukrainian. They also added Arabic and Persian,” says Shoaib Ebadi, President and CEO of Square One. WorldMedia.

Almost 20 years later, and still under the direction of the Manitoba Mennonite Brethren Conference, Gospel Light Hour had its name changed to Mennonite Brethren Communications in 1976.

In 1996, Mennonite Brethren Communications began using a new name: Family Life Network. The name marked the beginning of the ministry’s journey as an independent agency, separate from the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba. Family Life Network was incorporated in 2000.

Determined to keep pace with the changing media landscape, Mennonite Brethren Communications and Family Life Network has introduced digital media to its range of projects, producing content for various online platforms.

The ministry’s most recent transition was in 2014 when Family Life Network Inc. became Square One World Media Inc. Shoaib Ebadi joined as President and Executive Director of Square One World Media in 2016.

“As we approach our 75th anniversary in 2022, I think one of the things that has never changed is the heart of our ministry. The names have changed, but the heart of the ministry has never changed,” says Ebadi.

“The core of our ministry is to spread the life-changing message of Jesus Christ through the media. We have been doing this for over 70 years and, God willing, we hope to continue.”

Today on Connections, he shares how and why he got involved with Square One World Media. It also discusses some of the programs the ministry is currently working on.

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