Faith Comes By Hearing Completes Scripture Recording in 1,000th Language
Ministry Reaches Milestone with New Testament/Psalms in Nkonya
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug. 15, 2016 – Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH), a ministry that records audio versions of the Bible in the languages of the world, has reached a milestone – Scripture recorded in 1,000 languages.
The recording consists of the New Testament and the Psalms in Nkonya, a language spoken in the Upper Volta region of Ghana by a people group of 28,000. The recording has already been made available on solar-powered listening devices called Proclaimers.
The language is not taught in schools, but the Nkonya still speak it. Like most people who haven’t been reached with the Gospel message, the Nkonya are oral learners.
FCBH Senior Vice President Morgan Jackson, who has traveled to more than 70 countries for the ministry, frequently has observed members of oral cultures when they first hear the Bible in their own language.
“So many people like the Nkonya have been taught and told that God doesn’t understand their prayers,” he said. “When they realize that God speaks their language, it makes a dramatic impact.”
The International Orality Network estimates that 5.7 billion people – more than three-fourths of the world’s population – are oral learners, and many of them haven’t been reached with the Gospel because most Christian outreach focuses on written translations.
“In thousands of churches all over the world, no one – not even the pastor – is able to read the Bible with any understanding,” Jackson said.
The biggest reason is illiteracy. Estimates for the literacy rate among the Nkonya vary widely, from 1 percent to 25 percent. That’s one of the reasons why FCBH focuses on providing audio Bibles for those who otherwise would have no personal access to God’s
Word. The ministry also provides the Bibles in their “heart language” – the language they grew up speaking.
Faith Comes By Hearing, founded in 1972, provides Scripture recordings in languages used by 6 billion people. Through the Digital Bible Platform, FCBH offers free access to this digital collection of Scripture via podcasts, Internet radio, satellite TV and the Bible.is family of apps.
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