The average Korean on the street has great access to the online world. In fact, Koreans are downloading about 25,000 audio books every day - why not the Word of God?
Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) October 21, 2008
Rush hour in Seoul, South Korea, is a frenzied time. There, more than 5.1 million people use public transportation - that's roughly the entire populations of Chicago and Houston combined cramming onto city buses and trains everyday.
Many of these commuters use this time to chat on cell phones, listen to their favorite songs on portable devices and even surf the internet.
Faith Comes By Hearing, the world's foremost Audio Bible ministry, has recently released the South Korean Audio Drama New Testament. The dramatized format includes background music, sound effects and multiple characters. This recording is now available for free download at http://www.FaithComesByHearing.com.
Research shows that over 90 percent of South Koreans have broadband access - the highest percentage in the world. At these speeds, the entire South Korean Audio Drama New Testament - nearly 25 hours of audio - can be downloaded in about 20 minutes.
Tom Jackson spent 20 years as a missionary in South Korea, and he now serves as Faith Comes By Hearing's regional manager for Asia. He said, "The average Korean on the street has great access to the online world. In fact, Koreans are downloading about 25,000 audio books every day - why not the Word of God?"
Jackson said the Audio Bible in Korean has great relevance to the fast-paced lifestyle for young Koreans and commuters.
Annette Jackson, co-founder of the ministry, agreed with Tom by saying, "Korean youth are very busy. They are constantly rushing from place to place - school, work and social events - and they find it difficult to take time to read the Bible. The Audio Bible will be an invaluable tool for them, allowing them to feed on God's Word as they walk or ride public transit."
She adds, "It's amazing how God has allowed such technological leaps in our times - making for so many ways in which the Word of God can reach people in virtually every corner of the globe."
Faith Comes By Hearing has sought innovative ways to make the message of the Bible accessible to people around the world who either lack the time or ability to read it. The ministry currently has Audio New Testaments in 321 languages with a goal of recording New Testaments in 2,000 languages by 2016.
To learn more about this ministry, visit http://www.FaithComesByHearing.com.
- Approximately 67 million people speak Korean as their first language.
- With a population of just over 22 million, Seoul (the capital of South Korea) is the third largest city in the world.
- In 2007 an estimated 67 percent of people in South Korea used the internet, and at an average of 11 hours per week.
- Seoul is home to the largest church in the world - Yoidi Full Gospel Church, with a reported 830,000 members.
- Seoul is home to the largest Presbyterian church in the world - Sung Presbyterian, with more than 80,000 in weekly attendance.
- Kumnan Methodist Church is the largest of its kind in the world with an estimated 100,000 members.
- 90% of South Koreans have broadband access.
- The average broadband connection speed is 43 megabits per second - compared to just 7.7 per second in the U.S.