Audio Bibles for the People of Ecuador
Faith Comes By Hearing associates gather information and testimonies about what God is doing in and through Audio Bible listening programs around the world. Together with Wycliffe, wonderful progress is being made for God's Kingdom in Ecuador.
Church Growth, People Changed
Pastor Emilio spent 30 years as an engineer in the United States before God called him back to Ecuador for ministry. In the first three years, his little church gradually became a fellowship of 25 people, but fervor was lacking. Then Faith Comes By Hearing came along and within months the church grew to 80 people, had 50 baptisms, and the original house group became four. People have been delivered from alcoholism, family relationships have become closer, and marriages have been healed. Lay leaders are now being trained and worship has become much more enthusiastic and joyful. Pastor Emilio shares, "The Church changes when it listens to the Story that changes lives."
Radical Change - Sadness into Joy
Carolina lost her sight at a very young age and has dealt with profound sadness and loneliness ever since. Both the physical and emotional darkness weighed heavily on her. When she came in contact with the Faith Comes By Hearing program, Carolina began to experience "the great peace of God." At first her parents objected to the changes they saw, but they have since become supportive of her attendance and have even let her share what she is learning with them. Carolina has also been given her own Proclaimer® to do for others what God has done for her: radically change the sadness into joy and the loneliness into the precious companionship of God through his Word.
The Useful New Faith
In the central highlands of Ecuador, an enthusiastic pastor uses Faith Comes By Hearing in a unique way. He knows that the people are somewhat bilingual, but also knows that there are no bilingual hearts. He plays a Scripture passage in Spanish and then again in Chimborazo Quichua. Although they've only started the program recently, the effects of the Word have not waited.
There is a couple in this church who have a beautiful story of their new faith—a faith that proved useful in saving the life of their nephew. The husband and wife support the pastor in his ministry work; however, they needed to listen to the Word more so that a new faith would emerge in them so they could bless others.
The couple's story of their new faith began when one of their nephews accidentally poisoned himself and had to be urgently transported to the hospital. His condition was very delicate and the doctors didn't give much hope to the family members, assured he would die. But, as always, God alone has the final word on matters of life and death.
The couple was determined to pray for their nephew's life according to God's will. They said that their prayers were not like before. They felt something different when they put their nephew's life in God's hands—and a miracle happened! Their nephew suddenly began to improve. The doctors could not explain it, but the young man was healed and was able to walk out of the hospital on his own and start his life over.
"This was God's answer to the prayers we laid before Him with a new faith that we didn't have before and that, thanks to hearing his Word through Faith Comes By Hearing, was a faith useful for saving our nephew."