It’s the world’s first solar powered audio Bible
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (ANS – May 3, 2017) — World Masters rowing and sculling champion, Australian Tom Treseder thought he had left his industrial design profession when he was called in 1977 to become the State Director of Scripture Union in Australia.
Then in 1982 he was appointed State Director of The Bible Society in Australia (NSW-ACT).
Industrial Designers are known best as “problem solvers” and/or “solution finders.”
Tom quickly found a massive problem gripping millions of people all around the world. It was not a new problem and certainly to Bible Society, but one which has hindered the spread of the gospel in virtually every country on the face of the earth.
In the simplest terms –
70% of the world cannot, do not, will not read (the blind, disabled are just two).
In addition, many hundreds of languages and dialects are not as yet in written form, blocking millions more!
So the problem Tom Treseder and indeed the whole United Bible Societies faced and still face is:- how can they provide the Word of God to all people when 70% of the world cannot, do not or will not read? So, despite splendid efforts by National Bible Societies and other Bible suppliers, there remain this massive segment of the world who are unreached by the Word of God in printed form.
This pathetic situation is highlighted when so many people are unable to read, they are illiterate. So even if the Bible is available in their language, they need to want to be taught to read – before God’s Word can be accessible to them.
Asking God for a solution
This tragic situation lay heavily on Tom’s heart in 1987 and he prayed, “Lord can WE (He and Tom) design a Bible for everyone?” A Bible with no moving parts to wear out, lightweight but very strong. Its messages needed to be secure, tamper proof, easy to use by the blind, aged, disabled, those with leprosy, young people and all who prefer to learn orally.
Oh, and it needed to be powered without a power point (mains power) for most people in the world, even today do not have this luxury – and be low cost!
This to many would seem an impossible task. Tom says, “It is impossible to man but with God all things are possible.” Matt 19:26
Then quoting Nehemiah, Tom’s quick to say, “God put it into my heart.”
The world’s first solar powered audio Bible
Tom Treseder’s first sketch in January 1988 shows a tiny, solar powered unit with a few buttons on its face. What an amazing answer to prayer.
He, with an American colleague, Ken Crowell and a team of highly creative colleagues have designed and brought to the Christian churches and their missions, what is now known around the world as MegaVoice.
The MegaVoice team clearly recognise this inspiration as coming from God alone. They have brought to the world God’s Word in a form that enables all people to literally hear the gospel.
The Bible is actually stored on an incredibly tiny silicon chip. Tom says “It really is the same material that Moses used for the first Bible books – two tablets of stone.”
These low cost, handheld, pocket size, audio Bibles are being described around the world as, “a miraculous gift from God – for such a time as this.”
However, they can hold any life enriching message a ministry requires.
They are being rapidly loaded by churches, missions and colleges in the most inaccessible and most remote areas of the globe. Political, cultural and religious barriers which have hindered the spread of the Good News are being broken through by these truly amazing, God inspired audio Bibles.
Being low cost, robust, easy to use by the blind, solar and battery powered makes these dedicated Bibles highly sought after around the globe.
God speaking from the cloud – again
In parallel with the design and development of the MegaVoice units themselves, has been the collation and creation of the world’s largest audio Scripture library called the; MegaVoice Audio Cloud. Constantly expanding, it provides to believers world-wide immediate access to over 16,000 Bibles, New Testaments – Scriptures, mini Bible courses etc.
Through wonderful partnerships with Global Recordings Network, God’s Story, The Jesus film, World Cassette Outreach, Faith Comes by Hearing, In Touch Ministries, Leading the Way, Bible Societies, Wycliffe/SIL and many others, MegaVoice offers the world’s churches an amazing resource.
These are available via the MegaVoice Audio Cloud in over 6,400 of the world’s languages and dialects.
With so many of God’s people living in highly volatile and fearful situations, these Bibles unlike Smartphones and iPhones, cannot be tracked. Being so inexpensive and robust are freely shared with others, with hundreds listening to each one in the course of every 12 months. With an amplifier they can be heard by hundreds – even thousands.
Tom Treseder says, “The demand for these MegaVoice audio Bibles is broadening. The blind of India, Hungary and the Philippines have an insatiable demand, so a constant flow is being sent into the most needy countries in the world.”
Many “M” people in Iraq and other countries dominated by that religion are pleading for them. Part of the secret is they are not seen as a competitive book and most of this group of people, are “oral preference learners.”
Being so small and able to be listened to in complete privacy, allows abused women to receive the compassionate and comforting words of God and His Son the Lord Jesus.
Even some of the murderous Boko Haram members in Nigeria, the country of my birth, have listened to these MegaVoice Scriptures and have been soundly converted to Christ.
For more information, please go to: www.megavoice.com
Photo captions: 1) Tom Treseder sculling and holding a MegaVoice player. 2) A blind man listens to the Gospel. 3) Children hear the Gospel for the first time. 4) God speaks my language. 5) Lady who has suffered the indignities of leprosy holds her precious MegaVoice player. 5) Tom holding a MegaVoice player. 6) Dan Wooding at the microphone.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 76, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 54 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Besides running the ASSIST News Service, he has written some 45 books and hosts a weekly radio show and two TV programs in Southern California.
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