Audio Bibles Reaching Oral Cultures 

Effectively Sharing the Gospel

by Jon Wilke Friday, May 15, 2009
Faith Comes By Hearing, the world’s foremost Audio Bible ministry, recently released Audio Bibles in eight more languages.

  • French (Parole de Vie) – Canada
  • Romané Vlax – Chile
  • Kikongo – Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Kiswahili, Congo – Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Kituba – Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Mumuye – Nigeria
  • Konkani – India
  • Madurese – Indonesia

These new Audio Bibles represent more than 32 million people on five continents.

Research shows that half of the world’s people can’t read. So, of the people who speak these languages, that means about 16 million are completely cut off from the written Word.

“Most of the world’s people live in oral cultures,” said Morgan Jackson, Faith Comes By Hearing’s international director. “They learn about their history and transmit their values through songs, chants, stories and drama.”

“When the Kabiyé people of Togo heard the Word of God in their language for the first time, their reaction was ‘God speaks our language. We don’t need a translator to talk to God. God can address us directly.’ And, for so many around the world, they’ve been told and taught that God doesn’t understand their prayers,” Jackson said.

“But when they listen to the Bible, oral people don’t separate themselves from the stories. As they listen they are drawn in and find themselves, in their minds, walking alongside Jesus.”

Faith Comes By Hearing, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based non-profit, is working with other Bible-related ministries to bring the Word of God to every nation, tribe and tongue.

With each month, Faith Comes By Hearing comes closer to their goal of recording the New Testament in 2,000 languages by the year 2016. When accomplished, the Audio Bibles in those languages will reach more than 90% of the world’s speakers.

Faith Comes By Hearing now has 432 Audio Scripture recordings available in 366 languages. Nearly 400 of these Audio Bibles are available for free download at

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Jon D. Wilke at 505-881-3321 or

Faith Comes By Hearing records and uses Audio Bibles to reach and disciple the world’s poor and illiterate people with the Gospel message. The ministry’s mission is to record the Audio Drama New Testament in 2,000 languages and to start 2 million Bible listening groups by 2016 to reach the 50% of the world who cannot read and are poor.

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