Posted by: macahajo | May 9, 2017

the blind can hear

Do you remember when you got your first Bible? Do you remember reading it as a new believer? The first Bible that I ever received as a new Christian, was from my youth pastor at Naperville Bible Church (now called Grace Pointe of Naperville) when I was 16 years old. It was so special to me – to have a Bible I could read and study, to know God better. But, not everyone has a Bible or the ability to read it.

Papa Pierre, one of the faithful volunteers with Hope Social Action, leads weekly Bible studies at a school for blind children in Yaounde.

We found out that the blind students didn’t have Braille Bibles, so we thought that maybe we could raise funds to buy the children and youth MP3’s with the Bible on audio, so that they could hear God’s Word.

While researching the best kind of MP3 to buy, we learned that Charles Stanley’s In Touch Ministries donates MP3’s, so we contacted them!

In Touch shares the history behind their MP3 player, The Messenger, “When Dr. Stanley founded In Touch, he wanted to get the message of God’s love outside the four walls of his church. He knew the best way to accomplish that was through technology. We use technology in many ways, but how can we reach people who don’t have electricity, internet, television, or radio? Since 2007, our answer is the Messenger, which was originally developed to reach military personnel.”

They went on to describe their MP3’s, “Here are the features that make it a unique tool:

  • Solar-powered
  • Contains many encouraging Dr. Stanley messages as well as the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs
  • Available in 45+ languages (and counting!)
  • Lightweight and pocket-sized, like a cell phone”

Well, In Touch Ministries said yes to our inquiry! They said yes to partnering with us in reaching the blind with the Gospel!  Through their generous ministry, 24 youth and children in Yaounde, Cameroon who can’t read the Bible, can now listen to the Bible with their very own Messenger!

When Papa Pierre (pictured above) passed out the MP3’s to the children, it felt like Christmas. The children were so excited.

One boy came up to Mark to express his thanks and said, “I am very happy.”

Last Spring, when Mark visited Papa Pierre’s Bible study for the first time, he watched seven of these children give their lives to Christ! Read more here: https://africansandinourshoes.com/2016/05/31/stress-cross-cultural-living-and-jesus/

Please pray for the children.. that they would spend time listening to God’s Word, that they would know Him better, and that He would transform their lives, for God’s glory!

In Christ, Cathy Lynn


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