An Incredible Adventure by Faith


By Philip Verghese 'Ariel'

A Book Written by Theodore H. Epp (Founder 'Back to the Bible Ministries')


This is a revision of the book "Adventuring by Faith", written by Theodore H Epp, the founder of Back to the Bible, first published in 1952 and updated in 1964 and 1974 and reprinted in 1984 and 2003.

This is an incredible life journey (story) of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Epp.( Founder of Back to the Bible ministries), How they ventured by faith in the ministry of Back to the Bible. It was really an amazing journey. The last two chapters "Faith Defined" and "Faith Acts," of this little book of history give the biblical basis of faith.

Epp's missionary parent's firm faith in God strengthened him to proceed further in His mission. His parents were missionaries working among the Hopi Indian tribals in Arizona. His father's experience and faith in the mission field encouraged and strengthened him to be in the faith.

Several missionary societies had worked among these tribals for about 10 to 20 years without any results. In the 1900s his parents and another missionary couple were sent to this field. They worked several years in the same field. The task seems hopeless again and the mission board decided to wind up. But his parents and other missionary couple took a firm decision to continue in the field without the support of the board. This decision they informed the mission board and in return the board praised God for their firm faith in the living God and they consented to continue the work.

Shortly after that the chief of the Indian tribals accepted Christ as his personal savior and Lord. Later many others follow suit. Within a short period they started a small gathering of 60 believers. This incident made a deep impression on the life of Theodore Epp and his firm belief in the living God who answers prayer of those who exercise simple faith..

This book encourages and strengthens the readers too to walk with God in difficult times as they walked in their missionary journey. Its contents give the readers a special vigor and vision to walk with God even in difficult times. The 128 page book's first chapter begins with "The Practice of Faith"



Here is a worth mentioning incident from his life story, after the biblical graduation they began active service in the pastorate. But the offering at the church was so meager that they could not meet both ends. So he needed an additional income and joined in a harvest field better known as the WPA. (Works Progress Administration). Later they got an opportunity to buy a small gasoline station, but the required cash was not there. But he went ached in faith and God fulfilled their desire in a miraculous way, in a short period he could spend full time in ministry. This wonderful incident narrated in chapter 4 of this book.

The Story began in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1939 A young man, driven by a vision, walked into the office of a radio station manager.
He spoke boldly: "We noted that you have every thing on your broadcasts that the people want except something for the heart. We have that and would like the opportunity of presenting it to the people."

In the short discussion that followed, the manager agreed. "And who will finance the program?" He asked.

"For the past twelve years we have been working in co-operation with a partner who has taken the responsibility of all our financial needs."

"Oh, and who is your partner?"

"God is our Partner."

Theodore H.Epp had just 65 dollars when he made the first broadcast for Back to the Bible on May 1, 1939. That was several years ago. And during those years his Partner has supplied everything.

The ministry of Back to the Bible has now grown to worldwide proportions, with 12 branch offices, broadcasts in several languages, with the printing and annual distribution of more than eight million pieces of Christian literature, assistance in missions' projects and the support of several hundreds of missionaries, correspondence schools and counseling ministries.

Late Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Epp. and their amazing walk of faith in the God of the Bible to make the vision and ministry of Back to the Bible a reality. As a result of their obedience to the call of God, today every hour of the day Back to the Bible is heard some where around the world.

Now the International President Dr. Woodrow Kroll (A senior Bible Teacher and a renowned writer of more than 50 books) is continuing the mantle which Theodore H Epp initiated years back.


Dr. Kroll joined Back to the Bible in August 1990 as general Director and Bible Teacher. In between a brief period-from1981 to 1989- Warren W Wiersbe (former Bible teacher of Moody Church in Chicago, Illinois served as a leader to this Lincoln based ministry. Since 1990 Dr. Kroll is serving as a principal speaker on the ministry's daily worldwide broadcast on radio and television, which has grown to a listener ship of millions around the world. It has offices in twelve different countries in 25 different languages. Its main radio program can be heard from Radio Sri Lanka in the morning hours (IST 7.00).

More information can be obtained from the following sites:

www.backtothebible.org or en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Bible - 24k under sub caption: Woodrow M. Kroll

This book is a must read to all Christian believers, especially the one who are in His business.

Copies can be obtained from: The Good News Broadcasting Society, P O Box No. 2002; H P O; Secunderabad - 500003, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Or log on to www.backtothebible.org or www.backtothebibleindia.org

(The writer is working as an 'Associate Editor'-Confident Living Magazine-of Back to the Bible India- He can be reached at: pvariel@gmail.com
Philip V Ariel Founder and CEO at Philipscom

A freelance writer, editor and a blogger from Kerala. Now based at Secunderabad, Telangana, India. Can reach at: pvariel(@)Gmail [.] Com
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