Houston Churches Take 40-Day Audio Bible Listening Challenge

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Faith Comes By Hearing , the world's foremost Audio Bible ministry, announces the launch of You've Got The Time Audio Bible Listening Challenge Houston. Church goers across the Houston area are taking the 40-day challenge to listen through the entire New Testament in this city-wide Audio Bible listening campaign.

I've now listened through the New Testament twice, and I can assure you the quality of the presentation is the best I've ever heard. Sugar Creek Baptist Church has decided this is exactly what we need to do.

Faith Comes By Hearing , the world's foremost Audio Bible ministry, announces the launch of You've Got The Time Houston.

Church goers across the area are taking the 40-day challenge to listen through the entire New Testament in this city-wide Audio Bible listening campaign.

"In just 28 minutes a day, people can listen to the whole New Testament," said Roger Hunter, the campaign's coordinator.

"Most people will do that on the way to work and while they do various jobs around the house," added Pastor Mark S. Hartman, the senior pastor at Sugar Creek Baptist Church.

Research shows that 65 percent of people have never read the New Testament. Other studies report that less than half of Americans can name all four Gospels.

"Bible engagement is critical to the spiritual growth of each individual and for breathing life into the mission of the church," Hunter said. "Houston church leaders know this and are energized about getting their people to engage in God's Word and, in turn, helping poor and illiterate people around the world hear the Bible in their heart language."

In fact, the Second Baptist leadership was so eager to start listening to the Bible that they began soon after hearing about You've Got The Time Houston, Hunter said.

Faith Comes By Hearing provided this mega church family with roughly 40,000 Audio Bibles on MP3 discs - in English, Spanish, Farsi, Mandarin, Arabic, Japanese and Bulgarian.

Dr. Ed Young, pastor of Second Baptist Church said, "I have discovered the Bible comes alive as never before when I listen to the words I have read for so many years. This is a super opportunity to get on the same page as a church family."

Pastor Hartman agreed, "I've now listened through the New Testament twice, and I can assure you the quality of the presentation is the best I've ever heard. Sugar Creek Baptist Church has decided this is exactly what we need to do."

About 7,500 Sugar Creek Baptist Church members began their 40-day Bible listening today.

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, has endorsed a partnership with Faith Comes By Hearing on an extensive Bible engagement campaign called the Word of God initiative. Parishes throughout the Archdiocese will participate in Bible listening beginning Lent 2009.

Throughout 2009, Faith Comes By Hearing will be working with Houston churches to provide free Audio Bibles for every man, woman and child in their church or parish. Church leaders then challenge their congregations to listen through the entire New Testament - 28 minutes a day over a period of 40 days.

After listening, churches receive offerings to support recording the New Testament in the heart languages of poor and illiterate people around the world.

Already, more than 100 Houston churches have signed up to listen through the New Testament.

"This campaign is just starting," said Hunter. "We expect one-third of the churches to get involved, and we expect God to do some amazing things in this great city."

There are more than 3,000 churches in the Houston and Galveston areas.

Almost 59,000 churches from all 50 states have participated in Faith Comes By Hearing's Audio Bible listening programs. If you would like to learn about how your church can get involved, visit http://www.FaithComesByHearing.com or call 800-545-6552.

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