Audio Bibles Go To College

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Faith Comes By Hearing, the world's leading Audio Bible ministry provided more than 1,300 students from a Dallas Baptist University with a free New Testament on MP3 disc as part of an organized Bible listening campaign, called You've Got The Time DBU.

We have already started listening groups in the dorms and afterward we will discuss what we've heard and encourage one another.

Audio Bibles are making the grade.

At a chapel service Wed., Feb. 6, more than 1,300 students from Dallas Baptist University here, committed 28 minutes a day to listen through the entire New Testament in 40 days. This volunteer Bible listening campaign, called You've Got The Time DBU, is using Audio New Testaments from Faith Comes By Hearing, the world's leading Audio Bible ministry.

According to Dr. Bob Garrett, a DBU graduate program director and You've Got The Time DBU organizer, every attendee of the chapel service received a free New Testament on MP3 disc. He said the chapel students will listen from Matthew 1 to Revelations 22 starting now and going until Easter.

"It was our goal to bless the students; giving them the dramatized Audio Bible was really great. The students' response was really positive," Garrett said. "One girl kept saying, 'I want one (Audio Bible) so bad,' and then we gave them out. The students loved getting the Word of God in this format and want to make this a part of their worship time," he added.

"There is quite a buzz here," Garrett said, who preached from Romans 10 on how "Faith comes by hearing" at Wednesday's chapel service. "We have already started listening groups in the dorms and afterward we will discuss what we've heard and encourage one another."

In order to increase participation, campus leaders are heavily promoting Audio Bible listening to the student body, which started with the campaign announcement at the chapel, then will follow through with daily emails. DBU also has posted downloadable MP3 Bibles on the university website and hung posters and flyers in dorms, hallways and other common areas.

"We want to help young people draw closer to God by hearing His Word," Garrett said. "We also want them to help others get closer by sharing His Word. The Bible is not just for us, it's for the nations, and we want the students to have an international agenda," he said.

Currently, Faith Comes By Hearing has Audio Bible recordings available in more than 275 languages. These Audio New Testament language recordings are available for free download at

Leaders at Faith Comes By Hearing say they are praying that "the international students at DBU will take God's Word back to their families overseas." About 10 percent of DBU's students are international students and DBU officials say that most of them do not come from a Christian background.

Jerry Jackson, Faith Comes By Hearing Founder and President, said he is also praying that "God's Word will help grow the faith of not only the students but also the whole college community."

"I am very excited about this historic university teaming up with Faith Comes By Hearing to promote God's Word in audio and influence the next generation of Christian leaders," said Jackson.

Garrett said the Audio Bible on CD and MP3 format are a natural fit for today's college students. "This is a good program because so many students are auditory learners now. They all have iPods, and they listen everywhere -- while they're working out, going between classes and traveling. It's hard for students to be disciplined enough to read every day. This is a great way to pour the Word of God into their hearts, minds and lives," he said.

DBU's Bible listening campaign will also serve as a model for Faith Comes By Hearing's future efforts on Christian campuses nationwide.

For more information about You've Got The Time DBU or Faith Comes By Hearing, contact Jon D. Wilke at 800-545-6552.

Founded in 1972 as a non-profit ministry, Faith Comes By Hearing records and uses Audio Bible programs to reach the world's poor and illiterate with God's Word.


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