AFRICA UPDATE | MARCH 2023
IMPACTING THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
Mr. Robert G., of the Ankole district of Western Uganda, went blind at the age of five. At that time his parents did not take him to school or for treatment. As a result, he felt rejected and lost hope in his future.
As an adult Mr. Robert began going to church where he heard the Gospel and was saved. God’s love gave him a sense of self-worth and hope for his future. He desired to learn more about God but he was dependent on others to read the Bible to him. He now has an audio Bible in his home language of Chiga and is memorizing scripture and sharing the Good News with others in his community. He shares that the audio Bible “gives me a lot of joy that I had never experienced before. Now, when I want to listen to the Bible, I just switch it on. I pray God shall bless those people abundantly for thinking of those of us who cannot see.”
DAVAR ON YOUVERSION
Davar continues to see fruit from our partnership with YouVersion. On their platform, we are able to pair our audio with the written translation, giving millions an audio Bible in their home language free and without advertising. There were 97.8 million chapter listens of Davar audio bibles in 2022, including 7.4 million in Africa. As of the end of 2022, we have 112 Africa languages on YouVersion, an addition of 35 from the end of 2021.
2023 Planned Recordings
“Audio bibles are really very important to communities like ours, where reading is not our culture. Much of our culture is oral. We like to listen to stories and those stories help us to have changes in the way that we think. It helps us to listen to God’s Word to have a change of attitude and heart.”
–Reverend Julius Ouko, Acholi, Uganda