Faith Comes By Hearing Passes another Milestone; Scripture Recordings Now in Over 850 Languages

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International ministry continues to expand audio and video Bible catalog in an effort to share the Gospel globally

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Listening to the Bible in their own language

...Audio Bibles in hundreds of languages for those who cannot read, and now we can also reach the Deaf worldwide with sign language videos – it’s almost unfathomable.

Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) has most certainly changed from their beginnings as a small, tape lending library over 40 years ago. Today, as a leader in digital Bible production and distribution, the ministry now has a collection of Scripture recordings – comprised of both audio and video – in more than 850 languages, which are spoken or signed by over 5.7 billion people.

Most of the recordings in the ministry’s catalog are their own productions that have been completed over the last 30 years. However, many recordings have been completed by partner organizations who then give permission to Faith Comes By Hearing to place those recordings on their Digital Bible Platform for wider use and global availability.

In an ironic twist for such a prominent Audio Bible ministry, 13 of the languages included in this repository are partner-produced sign language Video Bibles that now power one of the most downloaded Deaf apps in the world. The ministry’s Deaf Bible app is making Scripture available to a people group that is often overlooked and treated as outcasts in the countries and communities where they live.

“I have to shake my head and laugh every time I stop to think about what we’ve become since the early days,” says Jerry Jackson, FCBH founder and president. “Completing Audio Bibles in hundreds of languages for those who cannot read, and now we can also reach the Deaf worldwide with sign language videos – it’s almost unfathomable.”

Jackson has witnessed the growth of this once diminutive distributor of Bibles on cassette to what is now the world’s largest resource of digital Bible content. Through the Digital Bible Platform, Faith Comes By Hearing offers free access to this collection of Scripture via downloads, podcasts, Internet radio, satellite TV and a family of mobile apps that began with Bible.is. Moreover, FCBH provides approved developers and ministry partners with free access to this content to incorporate into their own apps, software and websites.

For those areas that do not yet have regular access to the Internet or mobile devices, Faith Comes By Hearing continues to reach out by providing Audio Bibles on solar-powered Proclaimers for listening groups. More than 380,000 Proclaimers are literally speaking the Gospel around the world.

The ministry’s goal is to record and provide access to the Bible in every translated language.

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