A historical review – developement until today
It started in a POW camp in France. On Good Friday of the year 1945, a young officer visits the sacrament service. There he has an encounter with the Crucified and Risen One, and is called into His following and to His service. His name is Friedrich Schönemann. After being released from captivity, he studies theology and becomes a pastor, always with an inner mandate and the desire of Paul to “walk and be glorified in the word of the Lord” (2 Thess. 3: 1).
The first issue of the journal “Full salvation” was created in July 1960 – a modest but important cornerstone for today’s missionary work “Stimme des Glaubens” (Voice of Faith).
One year later, the work is being expanded by weekly radio broadcasts “Stimme des Glaubens”. The journal, which after a number of years now also called the “Stimme des Glaubens”, creates an important additional contact with the listeners in all parts of Europe.
Evangelist Friedrich Schönemann is suddenly called home by the Lord, recalled from the earthly service to the heavenly, from “sowing in blessing to harvesting in blessing”. “God, your way is holy!” (Psalm 77:14)
On clear instruction of the Lord, a circle of friends meets for the foundation of the Association Missionary “Stimme des Glaubens”, founded by F. Schönemann e.V .. The work is continued. Thousands of letters express joy and gratitude.
In the following years records, tapes and cassettes will be published. The broadcasts will continue to air three times a week.
In addition to the journal “Stimme der Glaubens”, more and more Christian literature is published: paperbacks, pocket-books, gift-books, tracts and others.
Cooperation and support for radio and missionary work in Brazil begins.
Start of engagement within the Christian media network “Media Vision e.V.” and in Switzerland at the “Stiftung Christian TV”, which is the popular
Program “Window to Sunday” funded and broadcast.
After the opening of the “Iron Curtain” various distribution campaigns of children’s bibles in Eastern Europe are financed. In addition, large volumes of literature are printed, especially for Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Albania, Bulgaria, Poland and Romania.
The New Testament “The Best News Ever” is published with a total circulation of 70,000 copies to date.
The offers of “Stimme des Glaubens” are now also visible online through the introduction of a homepage on the Internet including a shop to order every available article.
Start producing and shipping CDs with predominantly evangelistic content. The replacement of the tapes is reinforced by the monthly release of CDs
in the year 2008.
The missionary work as a registered NGO is celebrating its 40th birthday. In the same year, there is a rejuvenation within the management; a generational change to continue God´s commandment.
The magazine “Stimme des Glaubens” experiences an external redesign, which continues in content the following year. The 50th year of the magazine gives much cause for joy and gratitude.
On June 12, the 50th anniversary was celebrated with a festival service in Constance. With many mission friends, guests of honor and new prospects was looked back with great gratitude on this long distance.
With Matthias Allgaier, a new chairman will be elected in July 2012. With him as an evangelist, the ministry now also offers the opportunity to personally carry out the Gospel church services and evangelistic meetings.
Celebration of 40 years of partnership with our partner `Ecos da liberdade´ in Marechal Candido Rondon / Brasil.
In addition to all materials of the mission we started the production of videos on DVDs and our YouTube channel.