Audio Bibles Reaching American Troops
September 4, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, NM, (christiansunite.com) -- On U.S. Navy ships and forward operating bases around the world, military chaplains are using Audio Bibles to give comfort and hope to troops.
Faith Comes By Hearing, the world's foremost Audio Bible ministry, designed and distributed more than 14,000 Military BibleSticks to chaplains and troops in Iraq, Kuwait, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.
"Last year, Faith Comes By Hearing felt burdened to bring the Word of God in audio to our nation's military community," said Troy Carl, Faith Comes By Hearing's national director. "So, we developed a specialized, portable audio player just for their use--camouflaged and loaded with the dramatized New Testament--and sent it to those who are deployed or deploying."
The Military BibleStick has been popular for both troops and chaplains.
"MP3 players are such a huge thing right now," said a Navy chaplain in San Diego. "These BibleSticks put the Bible in their hands. And, they're helping our sailors get through their deployments."
"It's great to be able to offer our young soldiers something technology-based, as they practically grew up with cell phones and iPods," said an Army chaplain deployed to Iraq. "I've heard great comments about ease of use, portability, and the fact that now there's no excuse for a soldier to not carry his Bible when it's so easy."
"This has been the most useful thing I've ever had. Every day I listen--and it has brought me closer to God," agreed one Navy pilot.
Another Army chaplain said, "My soldiers are on the roads every day hauling supplies. Convoys can last up to 48 hours, and they can't take much with them. These BibleSticks easily fit inside their cargo pockets so when they're on break, they can take a few minutes to hear the Word of God and be spiritually edified."
"More and more chaplains are contacting us for these vital spiritual resources for the members of their units. And what a difference it's making!" said Carl. "Simply by word of mouth, we've distributed over 14,000. Our conservative estimates show that we could literally provide tens of thousands of units."
"This is a wonderful way to engage in Scripture for those serving our country in so many trying and troubled spots of the world," said Carl.
To learn more about sponsoring the troops with God's Word in audio, visit www.FaithComesByHearing.com