Audio Bibles Welcomed by Latin American Catholics :
The headline above is currently posted on the front page of the Faith Comes by Hearing website. The mission of Faith Comes by Hearing is to record and use heart-language Audio Bibles to bring His church together and make disciples from every nation, tribe, language, and people.
I love the Faith Comes by Hearing organization in part because of my life verse that I want to live out:
"It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else's foundation." (Romans 15.20 NIV)
I want to do what no one else can do in taking the amazing news of Jesus Christ to people in the world. How this plays out day to day here in Mexico City is building relationships that will result in bridges being built between churches and organizations that result in the gospel moving forward to the lives of people.
A number of years ago when I lived and worked in Oaxaca,Mexico I remember seeing a shelf full of Bibles in the home of a missionary that had been translated into the indigenous languages of people of Oaxaca. There must have been 35-40 Bibles in unique languages. Each Bible represented 15-20 years of work by a missionary. First they went into a village to learn the language, then made a written alphabet, then they translated the Bible. The problem is how do you then teach people to read so they can read the Bible when their language is oral.
Faith Comes by Hearing takes the scriptures and dramatizes the words into audio.
"Faith Comes By Hearing now has 512 Audio Scripture recordings available in 452 languages. More than 480 of these Bible recordings are available for free streaming, free download and as free Bible podcasts on iTunes.
Faith Comes By Hearing's goal is to record Audio Bibles in 2,000 languages and begin 2 million Bible listening groups by 2016, reaching the majority of the world's population. There are nearly 7,000 languages spoken around the world.
For more than 35 years, Faith Comes By Hearing has been standing with poor and illiterate people of the world to provide them the promises of salvation, hope and comfort in the Word of God. From first-world on-line technologies to third-world solar-powered Audio Bibles, Faith Comes By Hearing continues to innovate and invite people to hear God's Word for themselves."
In February I was having lunch with several friends in Mexico City to talk about helping to share the gospel through the traditional church in Mexico. We had an idea. We made an international phone call to Ed in Houston who has a huge heart for putting the scriptures in the hands of people in Mexico. Ed in turn called the director of Faith Comes by Hearing. Within days Ed and the director of Faith Comes by Hearing were in Mexico. A presentation was made to the director of the Charismatic Renewal working under the Archdioceses of Mexico City. We made plans for giving 10,000 mp3's of the Bible at the 40th anniversary conference of the Charismatic Renewal but that was just the beginning. Plans were made and approved by the largest Archdioceses in the world to work with Faith Comes by Hearing to put the scriptures in the hands of people all over Mexico.
A week ago on Saturday it happened. In the Arena of Mexico up to 10,000 CD's of the Bible were given at the 40th Anniversary celebration the Charismatic Renewal. It was mind-blowing and awesome to seeing the representative from Faith Comes by Hearing speaking at this meeting and presenting the CD's. Even more amazing was seeing the Archdioceses of Mexico City giving their full support to this project of taking the scriptures to people in all parts of Mexico.
I am blown away and in awe. This could very well could be one of the greatest projects of impact I've seen in my lifetime----to see the gospel go forward in putting the scriptures in the hands of people all over Mexico in their native languages.