Thursday, May 5, 2011

Faith Comes by Hearing

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14

While we were in Albuquerque we were advised to visit and take the tour of a para-church ministry called Faith Comes by Hearing which is headquartered there. Faith Comes by Hearing started off as a cassette tape ministry that produced audio Bibles and other Christian tapes in the 1970s by Jerry and Annette Jackson, who also traveled around the country in an RV!

Today Faith Comes By Hearing is committed to reaching the nations with the Word of God in
audio, offering the Bible in a format that will connect with the world's 50% illiterate population. To accomplish this enormous task, the Lord has assembled a group of committed leaders and dedicated servants of His Word to develop into a reality the vision of bringing His church together and making disciples.

Currently, Faith Comes By Hearing offers 546 languages reaching over 5 billion people in 185 countries. Faith Comes By Hearing is rising to meet the biblical needs of a complex world through modern technology. MP3 Bible, BibleSticks for all ages, and third-world culturally adapted playback units,Proclaimer, are just a taste of the technology that God is using to spread His Word throughout the world with Faith Comes By Hearing programs. And, the plans include offering this technology in every language or tongue…

We purchased the Kid's Bible Stick, which contains the New Testament for kids and songs on the memory stick. Our kids have already listened to quite a bit of it. Chase was listening the other day and said "Hey Mom, I heard Jesus!"

The Military BibleStick is a digital audio player that is pre-loaded with a dramatized recording of the entire New Testament. Chaplains from every branch of the military are flooding Faith Comes By Hearing with requests. Over 107,000 of these Audio Bibles are now in the field. Over 700 chaplains use Military BibleSticks in pre-deployment briefings, counseling sessions, Bible studies, weekly chapels and other spiritual services.

About 3.5 inches long and less than an inch thick, these pocket-sized Audio Bibles are field-friendly with a low-key design which reduces visibility for use in low-light situations.

They also offer free audio Bible downloads in many languages and have a free app for iphone and other phones called They have any incredible way to track how many audio Bibles have been downloaded or streamed live using this app and the website. We got to see the huge live map of audio Bibles being listened to across the world, even in the middle of the ocean (aboard Navy ships). Our brother-in-law Joe's brother Jeremiah works for this top notch organization. Be sure to check them out and consider how you or your church could partner with them.

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