Faith Comes By Hearing News
Ministry recognized as 'exceptional' - in top 3% of all charities
Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) is pleased to announce they have again been awarded the prestigious 4-star rating from Charity Navigator - the country's leading evaluator of charities. Being recognized for the sixth straight year elevates the ministry into the top 3% of all charities. According to Charity Navigator this means FCBH "demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust."
Including Patamona, spoken in Guyana by 4,700 people
Albuquerque, N.M. - Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) has added six new Audio New Testament recordings, expanding their unmatched catalog of recorded Scriptures to 715 languages. Spoken in virtually every country in the world, these recordings as a whole represent a potential outreach to more than 5.7 billion people - or in other words, three-quarters of the world's population.
The new releases are:
Ministry seeks 'best and brightest' to partner in bringing God's Word to the world
Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) began in 1972 as a small tape-lending library that allowed members to share Christian material on cassette. Today, the ministry is excited to announce a level of sharing beyond the wildest imagination of anyone back at that time. The Digital Bible Platform - the world's largest platform of digital Bible audio, text and video - is now open free of charge to ministry partners and approved developers seeking to join FCBH in their Great Commission work around the world.
The access is provided through a Web API (Application Programming Interface), which allows integration of the content from the Digital Bible Platform into apps, websites and other software. A very simple format for developers to work with and implement, the API system is already used by Faith Comes By Hearing for online listening, in their iTunes store, and within their entire family of Bible.is apps.
Via streaming, podcasts and apps, ministry passes major milestone in digital Bible distribution in less than 3 years
Faith Comes By Hearing began as a small tape lending library in 1972. Originally known as Hosanna, their early work in providing Audio Bibles revolved around English recordings and focused on sales to U.S. churches. In the mid-80's, the ministry began to record Audio Scripture in the various languages of the world, which they refer to as heart languages. Going from cassette tapes to CDs and then to a solar-powered digital device they call the Proclaimer, the ministry conservatively estimates they reached over 50 million people with Audio Scriptures in their first 37 years of work.
Nearly three years ago, Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) introduced the Digital Bible Platform and began providing free access to these digital Audio Bible recordings through streaming, direct downloads from their site, podcast downloads in the iTunes store and on mobile devices via the Bible.is family of apps. As a result of this technology - and an ever-expanding catalog that now includes Bible recordings in over 700 languages - FCBH has seen Bible engagement from over 100 million people across their online platform.
Presented in full dramatized audio by Faith Comes By Hearing
"As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 'Don't be alarmed,' he said. 'You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.'"
This exciting announcement is part of "Easter: The Story," a special Easter story in audio produced by Faith Comes By Hearing, the world's foremost Audio Bible ministry. Enjoy this free Easter presentation and a free Bible download in .MP3 format.
Over 1,200 chaplains have participated in the project
Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) initiated their military outreach about five years ago at the request of a handful of active duty Marines and chaplains serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Needing a deployment-friendly version of the ministry's standard BibleStick, military members advised FCBH engineers of the needed specs and the result was the creation of the Military BibleStick. Today, Faith Comes By Hearing is honored to announce they have shipped - free of charge - more than 250,000 units to chaplains serving every branch of the military for distribution to troops in pre-deployment briefings, counseling sessions, Bible studies, weekly chapels and upon direct request of service members.
Share the birth of Christ with your loved ones
I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today … a Savior is born.
The Christmas Story is a dramatized, word-for-word Audio Bible presentation from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
Faith Comes By Hearing produced this short, family-friendly program, which runs about 11 minutes, to help people engage in the Bible this holiday season and hear the Christmas story in a dramatic, audio format.
Including Doyayo, spoken in Cameroon by about 18,000 people
FCBH Founder/President provides Pontiff with iPod Touch containing app with the Neo-Vulgate
Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH), the world's largest Audio Bible ministry, recently released their newly completed Latin New Testament recording. The project was initiated at the request of Father Peter Stravinskas. He saw the opportunity to act on Sacramentum Caritatis issued by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007, which asks that "future priests, from their time in the seminary, receive the preparation needed to understand and to celebrate Mass in Latin, and also to use Latin texts and execute Gregorian chant."
Continues Great Commission work with expanded global access
In one month, Faith Comes By Hearing has more than doubled the languages offered on their free Bible app, Bible.is. Just last month, the world's largest Audio Bible ministry announced that the app contained 218 languages. That number now stands at an astonishing 618 languages, which are accessible on the app and website - many with text and audio. The ministry is working toward having both text and audio available for every language on the app.
Bible.is was introduced as an iPhone app just less than a year ago. Today it is also available for iPad and mobile Android devices, as well as on the web at Bible.is. Originally only functional in English, the app can now be downloaded for navigation in seven additional languages, including Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.