Monthly Total Is the Most Since Audio Bible Ministry Started in 1972
By Jeremy Reynalds, Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (ANS March 29, 2017) — Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH), a ministry that records audio versions of the Bible in the languages of the world, has released recordings in 24 new languages in March, the most in a month since the organization was founded in 1972.
“In 2005, we released recordings in 26 new languages for the whole year!” said Lori Koch, FCBH’s recording operations manager, quoted in a news release. “Ever since then, there have been more requests, better and better technology to help us work faster, and God has blessed us with donors and partners all over the world who have joined us in this mission to get God’s Word to every person.”
FCBH passed the 1,000-recording milestone in 2016 and has set a goal of reaching 2,000 by 2022 with technological innovations such as Render, an oral Bible translation software, and Virtual Recording. They allow people to record the Bible on their laptops from different locations around the world.
Partners contributing to this month’s recordings include the Institute for Bible Translation (Russia), Scripture Use Media (a Wycliffe organization In Papua New Guinea), Theovision International (Ghana), Vina Studios (Guatemala) and Wycliffe Bible Translators.
“Everything we do at FCBH, we do through partnership, and I think when the Body of Christ works together in this way, God is well-pleased,” Koch continued in the release.
The people groups reached by the latest recordings vary in size from more than 2 million (two unidentified languages in a country where Christians are persecuted) to 300 each for Bouni Barupu, Bouni Pou, Ramo, Sissano and Sumo in Papua New Guinea.
Ten of the recordings were produced for languages spoken in Papua New Guinea, considered the most linguistically diverse country in the world with more than 800 languages.
The International Orality Network estimates that 5.7 billion people — more than three-fourths of the world’s population — are oral learners, and many of them haven’t been reached with the Gospel.
FCBH said the biggest reason is illiteracy. That’s why FCBH focuses on providing audio Scripture for those who otherwise would have no personal access to God’s Word in the language they grew up speaking.
According to the release, Faith Comes By Hearing provides Scripture recordings in 1,066 languages spoken by 6 billion people.
For more information about the ministry, visit www.faithcomesbyhearing.com.
Photo captions: 1) Faith Comes By Hearing illustration. 2) Jeremy and Elma Reynalds.
About the writer: Jeremy Reynalds, who was born in Bournemouth, UK, is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, a freelance writer and also the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, www.joyjunction.org. He has a master’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. One of his more recent books is “From Destitute to Ph.D.” Additional details on the book are available at www.myhomelessjourney.com. His latest book is “Two Hearts One Vision.” It is available at www.twoheartsonevisionthebook.com. Reynalds lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Elma. For more information, please contact Jeremy Reynalds at email@example.com.
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