Southwest Radio Ministries has taken seriously the call to go into all the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The first month that Noah Hutchings worked at the ministry in 1951, he wrote a check for one month's contributions to the Sudan Interior Mission for $110,000. This would be equal to several million dollars today.
Missions the ministry has supported throughout the years include:
- Jewish Relief - Southwest Radio Ministries raised millions of dollars to help Jews recover from Nazi persecution and the Holocaust, and to return home to their native land, Israel.
- Sudan Interior Mission - Over $1 million was sent to maintain missionaries in Sudan. The Christians being persecuted in Sudan today are the children or grandchildren of those who converted to Christianity through this missionary effort.
- African Inland Mission - The ministry supported many missionaries among tribes in the Congo.
- China Inland Missions - Southwest Radio Church supported Christian missionaries in China before the Communist takeover in 1950. Dr. E. F. Webber caught the last plane out of Shanghai beofre the army of Mao Tse-tung marched into the city.
- Nepal Border Missions and Valore, India Eye Clinic - Both missions reached these difficult areas of the world with the Gospel as means and opportunities were available.
- Korean Orphans Home - The ministry supported an orphan's home in Seoul, Korea, for the thousands of children left homeless by the terrible Korean War in the early 1950s.
- Profecias Biblicas - Southwest Radio Church maintained a network of stations in Central and South America to broadcast their program in Spanish. Rev. Noah Hutchings also traveled throughout Central America to witness and speak in churches.
- Russia - After the dissolution of the Soviet Empire, Rev. Hutchings led several mission tours to Russia to witness for the Lord and distribute Bibles. One mission tour included 319 members, and over three million Bibles were given out - one on one.
- Romania/Moldova - When Romania obtained independence after the fall of the old Soviet Empire, we sent tapes of our broadcasts to Little Samaritan Radio, which translated the tapes into Romanian and broadcast them over 15 radio stations in Romania and 12 radio stations in Moldova. From time to time, we still send tapes of our programs to Romania.
- Others - Through the years, Southwest Radio Ministries has sponsored and supported many other missions and missionaries since it was founded in 1933. These missions are too numerous to mention. Southwest Radio Ministries has also kept open its communications mediums to missionaries, ministers, and authors who have a mission or a message that should be shared with our listeners.
Some of the missions Southwest Radio Ministries currently supports include:
- Burma - Christians are under increasingly intense persecution in Burma. Sometimes, Christian women are raped, resulting in death, and one Christian woman was hung upside down on a cross. Southwest Radio Ministries supports Christian missionaries within Burma, as well as sending them Bibles and supplies.
- Cameroon - This West African nation between Nigeria and the Congo of over 17 million people is 40% Christian, 20% Muslim, and is open to the Gospel. Our programs are now being broadcast 5 days a week in Cameroon.
- China - Rev. Hutchings and Dr. Bob Glaze of the ministry have sponsored and led seven mission tours to China. Rev. Hutchings' salvation booklet in Chinese, Happiness, has been distributed by the tens of thousands in China. Southwest Radio Ministries also supports an underground mission in Hong Kong that supplies house churches and underground churches in China with Bible and teaching materials. Read more about our mission outreach to China.
- Mongolia - Mongolia is another country in which Christianity is exploding inspite of increasing religious persection by the government. Southwest Radio Ministries also supports missionaries and missionary efforts within this country. Read more about our mission outreach to Mongolia.
- Onesimus Prison Project - Named for the runaway slave mentioned by Paul in the Book of Phileman, this ministry to prisoners in jails and prisons around the country holds a special place in Southwest Radio Ministries. We receive countless letters of appreciation from prisoners and prison chaplains almost every day for the materials sent and lives touched by this ministry outreach. Read more about our Onesimus Prison Ministry.