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Click here to see the Memorial Service in honor of Hermano Pablo at 10:00 AM (Pacific Time) on February 4th.
We celebrate the life of Paul Edwin Finkenbinder, known throughout Latin America as Hermano Pablo (Brother Paul). Paul was born on September 24, 1921 in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and passed into Heaven to meet his Savior on January 27, 2012 in Irvine, California.
On Wednesday, January 25, Paul celebrated his seventieth anniversary with the love of his life, Linda, and with friends and family. He felt well and laughed and joked with everyone. In the early evening Paul complained of a severe headache and was rushed to the hospital. His children, grandchildren and friends gathered to spend the last hours with him. He passed peacefully to the presence of the Lord at 3:55 am Pacific time on Friday, January 27.
Paul was a public figure, having preached in the towns and cities of Latin America for the past seventy years. All who heard him were touched by the stories that he told, and thousands accepted Christ as a result of his preaching. However, anyone who met him personally was most impacted by the love that he showed to each individual. Dignitaries as well as hotel staff and servers in restaurants were impacted by that love and care for them.
Paul and Linda went to El Salvador as missionaries in 1942. Paul traveled throughout the country, sometimes on a mule, preaching the Gospel and encouraging Christian workers. In 1955, Paul began his first radio program, and in 1960 he produced prime-time Bible dramas for television that were reported to be the first regularly-scheduled Christian television broadcast outside of the United States.
Paul was best known for his radio and television program, A MESSAGE TO THE CONSCIENCE, which began in 1964. His innovative program included a story followed by a moral and spiritual application, a formula that has been successful to this day. The program is now broadcast more than 6,400 times each day in 33 counties, and all the airtime is donated by the stations or by local believers. Fifty-five thousand subscribers around the world receive the program each day by email.
Though Paul did not record any programs himself for the past fifteen years, he and his board of directors ensured the future of the program by choosing his successor, Charles Ray Stewart, in 1996. Paul's legacy will live on through the program for many years to come. There will be no interruption of broadcasts. That is the way Paul would have wanted it. For his spiritual family, including the thousands he won for Christ, it's not good-bye to Hermano Pablo, but "See you later."
The memorial service will be streamed live from this website, www.message2conscience.com, at 10:00 AM on February 4. The service will also be recorded and will be available for viewing beginning February 6 at this same site.
A memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2012, at 10:00 AM. It will take place at Templo Calvario Church, located at 2501 West 5th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703. (The Spanish service will begin at 2:00 PM the same day.)
The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hermano Pablo Ministries, which exists for the purpose of continuing to broadcast the Gospel through the program that Hermano Pablo founded: A MESSAGE TO THE CONSCIENCE.
Celebrating 45 Years of A MESSAGE TO THE CONSCIENCE®!
On May 4, 2009, A MESSAGE TO THE CONSCIENCE turned forty-five. What began in El Salvador on May 4, 1964 has grown to a radio and television broadcast from 33 countries as well as a number of other countries by satellite. In addition, already this year our evangelistic website www.conciencia.net has had visitors from 116 countries, including places like Angola, Latvia, Kuwait, and Fiji!
But what’s the point? Why is this growth so exciting? Only because every visitor, every station, and every country represent people who are hearing the Gospel of Christ, some for the very first time! These may be people who would never go into a church, yet they are confronted with the Good News while listening to the radio, watching television, or surfing the net.
Hermano Pablo and Linda are thrilled with the growth of A MESSAGE TO THE CONSCIENCE. They have watched their “baby” grow from the very beginning, always with faith believing in the mission to be God's voice to the conscience of every Hispanic in the world. Thank you for anything you can do this month to help fulfill Paul and Linda’s dream and carry on their legacy.
Personal greetings from Hermano Pablo and Linda - August 2006
How delighted we are, at 89 years of age, to contemplate not only the continuance
but the amazing yearly increase in ministry since handing over Hermano Pablo Ministries
to Charles and Linda Stewart!
Itís hard to believe that fifteen years have passed since
we walked into the office one afternoon and became conscious of the reality of having
delegated the leadership of Hermano Pablo Ministries to Charles and Linda. Our wall
plaques and pictures were outside our offices on hall walls, Charles was making
the new MESSAGE TO THE CONSCIENCE programs, and secretaries were carrying on the
ministry without us. For brief seconds, the visual shock of changes in the office
stung our eyes with unshed tears and left a nauseous feeling in the pit of our stomachs.
At the same time, we rejoiced in the magnitude of Godís sovereignty,
reflecting on how symbolically we cut the umbilical chord, birthing the continuance
of the burden of our hearts, the evangelization of Spanish-speaking people, through
a new voice.
We were 75 years of age when making the MESSAGE TO THE CONSCIENCE programs and managing
an office became too much for us physically, although the thought of discontinuing
was too agonizing to consider. To end everything that inspired
and motivated us for almost a half century, while multitudes of Hispanics continued
down the broad road to destruction without knowledge of Christ, was to us unthinkable.
We couldnít conceive committing spiritual homicide of individuals waiting to hear
the next dayís nugget of Godís truth, and realized it was time to step back and
allow another to carry our mantle.
For years, we believed this mass media ministry God called us to would continue
with a successor just as God prepared a Joshua to follow Moses Ė and God did not
fail us. Amazingly, like He did with Bible characters, God prepared the hearts of
Charles and Linda to utilize the same type of evangelism ministry. God didnít speak
to us in an audible voice, but the Holy Spirit prompted us to trust Him and led
us to Charles, whose heart burned with the same evangelistic desire for the Hispanic
The current weekly schedule of MESSAGE TO THE CONSCIENCE programs
aired 6,100 times daily in 33 countries of the world is comprised of Charlesí
newly recorded programs and selected reruns of mine. The timeless
messages of both broadcasters, dealing with the endless problems of humanity, such
as infidelity, alcoholism, abortion, divorce, and suicide, point to Jesus, the only
answer to the longing of every heart.
Of necessity our lives are slower, and we no longer have the health and strength
to minister publicly. We feel honored that Paul remains Chairman
of the Board of Hermano Pablo Ministries, and observe with pride that
the ministry expands every year without our stepping foot in the Costa Mesa office.
Charles and Linda humbly follow in our footsteps, working endless hours without
receiving the honor that comes to us, the founders of the ministry.
Our constant prayer for Charles and Linda is that God grant both of them times of
fulfillment as they carry on the call God put on their hearts. We thank God for
Charles, my companion mass media voice to the conscience of millions of people in
the Spanish world. Our short program heard on many stations, including secular ones
where unchurched people hear Godís Word, is with Jesusí promise: ďAnd I, if I be
lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto meĒ (John 12:32).
Multiplied millions of non-evangelized Hispanics, unaware that Godís peace is available
to them, need to hear of Godís love. Jesus is unmistakable in indicating that the
responsibility of leading people to Godís salvation is ours. We followers have the
charge and the privilege of lifting Jesus up and proclaiming His matchless power
to repair broken lives.
As the Lord provides for us, we continue to financially support
Hermano Pablo Ministries and we pray you will do the same, giving Jesus
the opportunities He requires.
Receive love and appreciation from your fellow ďlifter uppers,Ē
Hermano Pablo and Linda
Carlos Rey: Man with "A Message"
The October 24, 2005 edition of the Orange County Register (largest newspaper
circulation in the county) ran a front page story about the ministry. The article
was titled, “Carlos Rey: Man with ‘A Message’.” The reporter
compared the ministry to others by saying, “In a world of flashy televangelists,
“UN MENSAJE A LA CONCIENCIA” (“A MESSAGE TO THE CONSCIENCE”)
50 Years On Radio
Paying tribute to Hermano Pablo,
Charles wrote the following special editions of A MESSAGE TO THE CONSCIENCE®
that were broadcast October 13 & 19, 2005.
On Friday, July 1, 1955, he recorded his first radio program on
radio station YSU in San Salvador, El Salvador. That program, “The Church
of the Airwaves,” fifteen minutes in length, was broadcast Monday through
Saturday for the next nine years. Then, in its place he created his popular four-minute
program known worldwide as A MESSAGE TO THE CONSCIENCE. It is none other than Paul
Finkenbinder, known internationally as Hermano Pablo (“Brother Paul”).
In 2005, the year he celebrates his golden anniversary on radio, this program (that
thousands have listened to since they were children) is not only broadcast on radio
but also on television and in print media, currently more than 3,800 times each
day in 30 countries. So in the course of half a century of continuous media presence,
it is no wonder that the voice of Hermano Pablo has become perhaps the most listened-to
voice in all the Spanish-speaking world.
To what can we credit the success of this enduring presence in mass media? In great
part, it is due to the integrity that characterizes Hermano Pablo and the love that
emanates from him. For those of us who have had the pleasure of knowing him personally,
there is no doubt that he is upright and modest, the same in a private conversation
as in a public meeting, the same at home and in the office as on the radio and television.
In other words, Hermano Pablo practices what he preaches. And when he preaches loving
God and others, it’s as if the love oozes out of his pores. The love that
radiates from him, to the elite of society just as to those who are less influential,
is a shining example for all to see.
Thus Dr. Pedro Rivero Mercado, director of the newspaper El Deber of Santa
Cruz, Bolivia, wrote, “From the very first time I met Hermano Pablo, I was
left with the impression that I had known him all my life.” In the same vein,
Sandra María Mora Chinchilla, from San José, Costa Rica, wrote to
Hermano Pablo, “The Lord knows how he will compensate you for your dedication
and great love. I met you when you were visiting Costa Rica. I worked at the hotel
where you came to stay, and I had the honor of checking you in to your room. What
most amazed me was how sweet you were and the peace you seemed to have.”
In short, it can be said of Hermano Pablo, without fear of contradiction, that throughout
his life he has set the consummate example of following the commandments that Jesus
chose as the most important: to love God with all your heart, and to love your neighbor
as yourself. For that reason, we take advantage of this fiftieth anniversary on
radio to express our appreciation to Hermano Pablo, just as Sandra María
did in ending her letter, “Thank you for your help and for your total commitment.”
Answering Your Questions
Those who are not very familiar with A MESSAGE TO THE CONSCIENCE frequently
have questions about how the program is used to reach the entire Spanish-speaking
world. Instead of answering three of the most common questions ourselves, we are
going to let our listeners do it by quoting from letters and emails they have sent
to us. Don’t just take our word for it: listen to those who have experienced
1. How can you add so many new media outlets each year when you have no one
to go out and promote the program to new stations?
(From Ovidio in Bolivia) Since I was a child, I have had the great satisfaction
of listening to A MESSAGE TO THE CONSCIENCE. The messages and content are extremely
worthwhile, and that is why I would like to broadcast them through my small FM station
in the area of Redención Pampa (Town: Mojocoya; State: Zudañez; Region:
Chuquisaca; Country: Bolivia). In this location there are several remote people
groups who do have access to radios. That is why I would like to broadcast the program.
(I want you to know that the station is a public service station for all the community.)
2. How does the program get seen, listened to, or read by so many people?
(From Rafael in the Dominican Republic) I have to tell you that every day
I go to your website www.conciencia.net, and I download the programs so I can share
them with my coworkers. I believe that the Lord is beginning to change the atmosphere
of this work site. I am the manager of a pharmacy that belongs to a chain of about
twenty-five pharmacies throughout the country. I am the only Christian, but I am
sure, by faith, that God is going to use me to win many souls.
3. How do you know that lives are changed as a result of listening to A MESSAGE
TO THE CONSCIENCE?
(From Boris in Bolivia) Thank you very much for answering my letter….
You are right about what you say about sin…. I know I am a sinner, and I
want to bow before Him and be saved. Then I can love all those around me…
I am very interested in receiving “God’s Plan for Your Life,”
by Hermano Pablo and Carlos Rey. I would like to receive instructions on how to
begin my study.
What do all these answers add up to? It’s obvious that God is responsible
for the widespread success of A MESSAGE TO THE CONSCIENCE. However, God has not
chosen to do it alone. He has chosen YOU to be a part through your prayers and faithful
offerings. We thank God and you.