Middle East (MNN) — Part of being good stewards of what we have is utilizing our resources to glorify the name of God. Technology is one resource that helps Christians share His Word with people groups around the world.
Faith Comes by Hearing distributes audio Bibles to people who don’t have access to the Gospel otherwise. Last October, they partnered with SAT-7, a Christian satellite television ministry to the Middle East and North Africa. The two organizations combined their resources in their shared goals to bring a 24/7 audio Bible to Arabic-speaking countries via television. SAT-7 helps FCBH promote their audio Bible and find channel space. And the project is growing, as evidenced by the addition of three new channels.
Vice President of FCBH Troy Carl says, “First and foremost, we are simply broadcasting the dramatized audio New Testament 24 hours a day: no commentary, no proselytizing, no particular doctrine being taught. It’s just the Word of God.”
So what? Why does it need to be audio that’s accessible all day?
It’s because many of the people who FCBH is reaching are illiterate. They have no way of accessing the Bible aside from their television.
Carl explains, “Many, many people that are looking for the Truth don’t have access to the Scripture in a form that they can engage with. That’s why audio is so critical.”
The channels have a broad coverage in 22 countries in the Middle East. “We estimate that just the two satellites that we are now broadcasting on in Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Azerbaijani, and Turkish- just those alone–reach approximately 160 million households,” Carl says.
But more people need to be made aware of the Arabic Bible.
For many viewers, the New Testament isn’t a new book in their culture completely. The Quran identifies it as Injil, a holy book revealed by God that has been distorted over the years. But this presentation of the pure New Testament does not present Injil as a partially true account of Jesus. It is all true.
“Imagine if you’re in a home, somewhere in the Middle East,” Carl says. “You don’t know how to read, but you turn on your television and you see, clearly, the Injil, the Arabic Bible, or the Farsi New Testament. You simply click the button on your satellite receiver and immediately begin to hear the Word of God streaming into your home so that you can sit, and listen, and learn the teachings of Jesus Christ–Isa, as they call Him–and become transformed by the hearing of the Gospel.”
Carl asks that you spread the word about this resource: more people need to know that it exists so they can use it.
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