USA (FCBH/MNN) — A global audio Scripture ministry takes another stride toward its goal: making God’s Word available to everyone, everywhere. Lou Ann Hunt with Faith Comes by Hearing (FCBH) says they’ve released a new Roku Bible app, which means 10 million people in the U.S. now have access to Scripture in over 750 different languages.
“People can understand God’s Word in their heart language: the language that they pray in, the language that they dream in,” Hunt says, explaining why these statistics are significant.
According to 2012 statistics, nearly 41 million immigrants call the U.S. their home. Outside of migrant communities, a chance to hear sermons in their native tongue might be hard for immigrants to come by.
This new Roku Bible app provides an opportunity for foreign-born people to learn about Christ in the language closest to their heart, as they become tech-savvy.
Roku Bible app: how it works
Roku is a “set-top box” device created in 2008 by the inventor of the DVR.
“It is a streaming player for TV, very similar to Apple TV,” explains Hunt.
“People who purchase a Roku will integrate it with their television and the Internet, and then they can have channels such as Netflix apps, or channels like BBC.”
FCBH’s Roku Bible app provides access to the Bible.is Radio Network™, a collection of digital quality Audio Bible channels available in over 750 languages. To find Scripture in a certain heart language, Hunt explains, a Roku owner would just have to search in the “Channels” section.
“Even if they typed ‘Bible’, or even if they typed ‘Amharic Bible’, it will come up in that search category,” says Hunt.
“It’s on a 24/7 feed, so it’ll pick up wherever the feed is and just continually play in the background,” Hunt states. “We’ve had over 70 million listeners accessing Internet radio, and so Roku is just one more platform to get God’s Word to people.”
The Roku Bible app is powered by the Digital Bible Platform, which houses an expansive collection of digital Bible content that is also made freely available to developers and ministry partners through an open API (application programming interface).
Pray that as people hear God’s Word spoken in their heart language, they will trust in Christ for salvation. Pray also for FCBH as they explore more digital platform options, such as Amazon Fire.
“They are giving Apple and Roku a ‘run for their money,’ so to speak, and we also have submitted our app there [to Amazon Fire],” Hunt shares.
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