Far From Home - Near to God
Faith Comes By Hearing,
I am writing to thank you for your Audio Bible . . . this was given to my son Matthew. He is a soldier stationed in Camp Anaconda, Iraq. He has listened to this and said he enjoyed it very much. He has also passed it around for other soldiers to listen to. When you are a mother whose child is so many miles away from you, it is a comfort to know he is keeping God with him.
This letter, from a mother whose son is serving in the military, is the reason we do what we
do - "keeping God" with people so they can be comforted, strengthened, and encouraged by His Word, regardless of where they are.
Perhaps in response to the prayers of this mother and others, an unprecedented door has opened the last year and a half for God's Word in audio to be shared with those serving in the military.
Requests from chaplains and servicemen and servicewomen stationed around the world have been pouring in, and in response, Faith Comes By Hearing has created the Military BibleStick. The Military BibleStick is a portable, digital audio player which comes pre-loaded with the Audio Drama New Testament. This Audio Bible has a low-key design to reduce visibility in low-light situations, a matte-black finish, matte black ear buds, and a red-light-only operation.
The Audio Scriptures are the perfect tool for military men and women to hear God's Word. As LCDR Steve Sexton states, "I noticed that nobody walks around with a paperback or magazine in their back pocket. Instead, they plug in their MP3 player, watch a movie, or play a video game. If they are an audio-visual generation, why not reach them with the Scriptures in the media they are most comfortable with?"
And as another chaplain shares, "I recently heard back from a sailor deployed to the Middle East. She said she sometimes has to stand guard duty all day. She's not allowed to carry a book or read because she has to stay aware of her surroundings at all times, and she can't do that with her nose in a book. But she can listen to God's Word, and she listens all day."
When a Military BibleStick is donated to a service member, they also receive an Audio New Testament MP3 disc and a response card they can fill out to have an Audio Bible sent to their spouse and KIDZ Bibles to their children, so the whole family can participate in listening to God's Word!
The BibleStick and Audio New Testament have been in such great demand that we have filled over 291,000 requests with about 4,000 more waiting to be filled.
If you would like to know more about how you can help provide our service members with Military BibleSticks, call 1-800-545-6552. You will be helping fulfill the prayer of every parent, husband or wife praying for their loved ones in the military, and for Matthew's mother, as she writes, I feel that every soldier away from home should have one of these.