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New Testament proclaimed in an Amazon village

By May 14, 2008

Brazil (MNN) – The people of Makita, a small village along the Amazon River, can now listen to the New Testament, thanks to Faith Comes By
Hearing.

A short-term mission team brought
an audio player called the "Proclaimer to the Brazilian tribe, one of only 20 out 258 tribes that have
strong, indigenous church leadership. More
than 90 of the other tribes are completely cut off from the outside world. Traveling to Makita by boat takes two days in
ideal conditions.  

Makita has a small church
building, which it shares with bats and tarantulas. Largely isolated, most
villagers including the pastor cannot read. Like many other villagers in the Amazon rainforests, they are oral
learners, and the Proclaimer was designed precisely for people like them. 

“The Proclaimer seemed to turn on a
light bulb and empower this pastor in a way he had never known,” said Jeff
Scott, leader of the short-term mission team. “I have never encountered people so hungry and begging for help in their
walk with Christ as in this place.”

 

Scott's team visited other Amazon
villages as well, which also rely heavily on oral tradition for the
communication of knowledge. Oral learners
like these villagers make up two-thirds of the world’s population, and 380,000
of them live in the Amazon
Basin.  

 

Audio recordings play a crucial
role in ministry to these cultures, and Faith Comes By Hearing recently trained new recording teams to reach them. It
has Bible translations of 38 Brazilian languages ready to be recorded. Production begins in early July. 235
languages are spoken in Brazil. 

The Proclaimer’s recording of the
New Testament is embedded in a virtually indestructible microchip and can be
powered by rechargeable batteries, solar panel, hand crank, or AC adaptor. The solar panel and a generator can recharge
the battery, and the solar panel can play the recording even without the
battery. 

The battery in the Proclaimer can
be recharged enough times to play the New Testament more than 1,000 times, and
the sound is loud enough to reach 300 people at a time.

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