A friend shared this update about the Proclaimer audio Bibles:
We have an update for you regarding The Proclaimer that is being used by Miguel in the Yauricocha mines in Peru – He goes to the mine to work for 15 days, then he has a 7 day rest period and comes home. He is currently home and came to tell us how the Proclaimer is working. IT IS GREAT!!! They work 12 hour shifts in the mine. Miguel was taking the Proclaimer into the mine during his shift and his team was listening to the machine during their work shift. Well, this caused a slight problem because the other shift (the opposite 12 hours) heard that the Proclaimer was really great and they wanted to hear it,too.
So Miguel made a deal with another miner on the opposite shift. When Miguel and his team come out of the mine at the end of their shift, they hand the Proclaimer off to the other shift team and they take it down into the mine with them to listen during their shift!So, the Proclaimer is literally being used 24 hours a day!!! And it is functioning downinside the earth! I’m sure that the enemy is REALLY irritated with this development – the miners have always lived in complete fear of demons that live inside the earth, to the point of making sacrifices to them constantly. To have the Word with them, speaking truth into their lives… just think of the changes this could have on the culture of the miners! Please pray for these men and for this project of Miguel’s. Another Proclaimer machine is being used by Miguel’s wife and family (when he is in the mines and away from home)… they started 2 different listening groups that meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 5-7pm. They are listening and discussing together with others in the community. When Miguel is home, he is the leader of this group. When he is away, Medely (his wife) leads. Miguel told our team yesterday that he was so thankful thatwe had come to his community and that we had brought the Proclaimer machine… because of our work and this machine, he and his family are now Believers and he is working to spread the news and share the machines with as many people as possible!
Praise God for that! I never get tired of hearing how his word gets out and transforms lives.
If you go on mission trips be sure to look into these. Or just donate to help get the word out!
More about the Proclaimers
As I mentioned in my summary of our Kenya mission trip, one of the highlights was taking the Proclaimer audio Bible to the local Christian hospital and churches. This ingenious device is used to get the word of God out to those who can’t read. They can be powered by electricity, solar or hand cranked so they can be used over and over almost anywhere. We took versions in Swahili and English (and are working to get a version in Kimeru, another local language), so they can hear the word in their language.
Faith Comes By Hearing translates the Bible into hundreds of languages in audio form. Having it translated in writing is important, of course, but when you consider how few people read you realize how important these audio Bibles are.
Last year we took one to Kenya as an experiment. It was so well received that this year we took a dozen. As you can see in the video below, my friend Stanley Gitari was eager to get as many of these as possible to get the word out to “all the corners.” I never get tired of that.
Stanley helped me get the units in the hands of local pastors, who often have 10 small village churches that they serve. Audio Bibles will be priceless to them. We also gave some to the church/school in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi, where they can use it to get the word out to the neighborhood.
Here’s an amazing fact: Their 2nd most downloaded language is Arabic! This is the single best way to get the word of God into Muslim countries. Many people are listening to the Bible on their phones. Apparently the governments aren’t aware or haven’t figured out how to stop this yet.
Many peoples know there is a God, but when they don’t have his word in their language they don’t think He is their God. Faith Comes By Hearing has countless stories of communities transformed by hearing his word in their language.
Be sure to get the free Bible.is app for your iPhone, so you can read and listen anywhere.
If you go on mission trips or just have a passion for getting God’s word out to be who are eager to hear it, please look into the Faith Comes By Hearing organization. You can get free audio downloads of the New Testament and play them on your computer or iPod, or you can donate to help spread the Word.
Here is an email from the hospital chaplain about the Proclaimer we took last year.
Let me say we have been using the device and its demand is too high especially in the local church. The one you left us is only used within the hospital and if we could get others we would really appreciate. Our department was thinking if we had an intercom in the hospital we would only use one proclaimer by putting it in one place and connecting it to all the wards for all the patients to listen to the message at the same time. This would be of great help especially because the staffing is not adequate in chaplaincy unit.
For now i can say we are using the device to the maximum. We sometimes leave it with the patients after showing them how to use and they really like it. Thanks a lot to you and those who donate them. They are a great way of taking the word of God to the people.
Receive new year wishes from Maua methodist hospital, church and the chaplaincy unit.
Looking forward to seeing you next year.
God bless you.
This picture is of Reverend Alice, the hospital chaplain, explaining it to a group of patients and their children.
I’m a firm believer in Isaiah 55:10-11
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
From their website:
How does the Proclaimer work? An installed microchip contains Scriptures in the heart language; the chip will not erase or wear out from frequent playing.
The battery will play for 15 hours and can be recharged enough times to play the entire New Testament more than 1,000 times.
The Proclaimer has a built-in generator and solar panel to charge the battery.
The solar panel, in addition to charging the battery, will run the Proclaimer even without battery power as long as there is sunlight.
The sound is digital quality and loud enough to be heard clearly by groups as large as 300.
The Proclaimer was developed primarily as a playback device for poor and illiterate people who may not have any other source to hear God’s Word. Our goal is to use the Proclaimer in the majority of our FCBH programs worldwide.
Very few of these people read, but now they can hear the transforming and powerful word of God. This is probably the best use of technology I’ve ever seen.