Today’s technology has created access points to directly deliver God’s Word like no other time in history.
Albuquerque, N.M. (Vocus/PRWEB) April 11, 2011
Bible.is, the popular Bible app from the Audio Bible ministry Faith Comes By Hearing, is now available for use in Arabic. Spoken by more than 221 million people throughout the world, Arabic now joins Spanish and English as the major trade languages available for users to navigate the app. This is the ministry’s latest step toward making the Bible easier to access for people throughout the world, and doing so in the listener’s own language. Further releases are under development, ultimately including the top 20 most spoken languages in the world.
The localization of the app was very much a collaborative process. Along with a strong partnership with the Bible Society of Egypt, funding was provided by the 2010 Ministry Award, presented by Counsel & Capital.
Since their Digital Bible Project started last year, Arabic has consistently been in the top 5 languages accessed across the multiple platforms offered by Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH). In addition to the Bible.is app, the ministry’s Audio Bibles can be accessed via podcast on iTunes, as well as streaming and download directly from their website – all free of charge.
FCBH currently has Audio Bibles in 538 languages, with 188 of those available for reading and listening on the Bible app, helping make the Digital Bible Project the world’s largest resource of Bible recordings and texts.
“Today’s technology has created access points to directly deliver God’s Word like no other time in history,” explains Troy Carl, FCBH’s national director who also oversees the Digital Bible Project. “The possibility of the Scriptures being freely available to all who will hear is no longer just a hope – it’s quickly becoming a reality.”
Since half of the world’s population cannot read and/or lives in a predominately oral culture, Faith Comes By Hearing continues to focus their mission on using Audio Bibles to reach every nation, tribe and people with the Gospel in their heart language. (Heart language is described as the language people grew up with, use in their home and use when praying.)
The ministry’s goal is to record Audio Bibles in 2,000 languages by 2016, creating access to the Gospel for 97% of the world’s population. The average cost to record a New Testament is $25,596.