Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Today we're going to send Bibles to people in India who can't read!  Yep, half the world can't read – over 400 million people in India can't read – but we're going to send them Bibles anyway – Talking Bibles!
• Talking Bibles International ( has sent over 109,000 audio New Testaments to 36 countries in 81 different languages!  Each Talking Bible is just 5x3, comfortably fits in a shirt or pants pocket, and functions as a "Mechanical Missionary" that partners with the local pastor, since it plays loud enough for a group of 30 to hear it at the same time.
• We all know that it's easier to learn by hearing than simply by reading.  If given the choice, we'd rather hear a message than read one.  So, for people who can't read, imagine how sharp their listening skills are!  People in oral cultures have phenomenal memories, they can repeat a story in great detail after hearing it only once.  And they love stories! So when people hear the Bible, when they hear the words of Jesus, they spontaneously tell others without any urging, embarrassment or difficulty.
• 400 million people in India can't read, and they live in 640,000 villages, and speak 1,652 different languages.  Talking Bibles has already placed audio New Testaments in over 16,000 of these villages in 19 different languages – but there's so much more work to be done.  Over 500 local pastors are waiting for their Talking Bibles right now.
• We can manufacture, transport, and place a Talking Bible into the hands of a local pastor in India in a few short weeks for just $72.00.  That means, $360 will send 5, and $720 will send 10 Talking Bibles.  And each Talking Bible will reach at least hundreds of people who have never heard the Word of God before.
• Rush a Talking Bible to India by calling (800) 572-8800 or give online at 
Paul Hoekstra is the Vice President of Talking Bibles (
• The common response when a Talking Bible makes its first appearance, is for people to quickly invite all their friends and family over to listen, and soon there's "Book of Acts" results – people get set free, new believers get baptized, and churches pop up where there had only been spiritual darkness.
• Though proselytizing invites persecution in many areas, pastors are often able to play the Talking Bible over public address systems in the local dialect and with great success – literally whole villages hear the Word of God all at once.

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