Economic troubles slow outreach, but not audio Bible Ministry

By June 11, 2009

USA (MNN) — As the U.S. goes through an economic recession and ministries are cutting programs left and right, Faith Comes By Hearing still remains determined to reach their goal for 2009.

With a drop in regular donations and major giving, many non-profit ministries are experiencing double-digit percent decreases for their 2009 budget.

According to FCBH founder and president, Jerry Jackson, “In the tough economic climate, donors want to know they are having the most impact for the Kingdom. People know that the need for God’s Word is so great among poor and illiterate people of the world. And they are responding because they know the value of supporting the Bible cause.”

The goal of FCBH’s Audio Bible ministry for 2009 “is to implement 200,000 Bible-listening groups worldwide,” according to FCBH. This goal will help them to achieve their overall goal of recording the New Testament in 2,000 languages and reaching 2 million Bible-listening groups by the year 2016, ultimately reaching 50 percent of the world’s poor and illiterate people.

To fulfill this year’s goal, over $30 million is needed. Sherri Green and her husband, Walter, are regular supporters of FCBH. On a donor trip to Guatemala, they saw God use the audio Scriptures to reach hundreds of children and adults who would not be able to read the Bible even if it were written in their own language.

“When you give to Faith Comes By Hearing, your dollars are used responsibly,” says to Sherri.

Now, your dollars can go even farther and reach more with the message of Christ. A gift of $157 typically will provide audio Scriptures for an entire village. However, Wycliffe Bible Translators has generously set up a $334,000 matching challenge, doubling your gift and its impact.

Jackson said FCBH would not be able to accomplish as much as they do without the help of Wycliffe.

To help FCBH and Wycliffe with their goal for 2009, click here.

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