October 2022 India Update
GREAT PROGRESS IN INDIA
God has greatly blessed our work in India. We were able to accelerate recordings by 1400% from our first recording in 2020 to 14 by the end of 2021. We are projecting an additional 185% increase in recordings for 2022, with a target of 36 additional recordings.
We will continue to meet with Bible translation agencies to collaborate on text permissions and engagement opportunities to reach more oral learners throughout India.
AUDIO BIBLE IS AN ANSWERED PRAYER
God helped us to translate the New Testament into Dogri two years ago. It was helpful for those who are literate but we were praying for something which would be useful for the 65% of the population who are illiterate. They cannot read or write and for them an audio Bible is more effective so they can listen to it and they can increase their faith.
We recently began to use the audio form of the Bible in our community. When I first switched on the device I saw in their face that this is the first time they are hearing it. Through it we found there began a breakthrough in the community. I can say that more people are comfortable to have small gatherings in their own language and it is more effective for teaching. We are so much thankful to all the people who contributed to make it available to us.
2021 YOUVERSION CHAPTER LISTENS
Davar audio bibles are made available on the YouVersion Bible App, where they accompany written translations. Listeners can listen in their own language for free and without advertising. This partnership allows us to extend our reach quickly and efficiently. We anticipate significant growth in listenership throughout 2022 as new audio bibles are added and awareness of the audio availability increases. The chart to the right shows the top five most-listened-to Indian languages on YouVersion.
“Audio bibles can be a blessing for anyone, especially those who are illiterate, in their old age or who are visually impaired. With such a wide reach, the blessing is also significant. I pray that God will enable everyone who has contributed time and effort to make this possible.“
-Local Pastor & IRV Malayalam Audio Bible Narrator