Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) has come a long way. Starting from its humble beginnings during the 1980s as a cassette tape lending ministry in the United States, it is now an international ministry, having produced audio Bible formats for 1,102 languages all over the world. This year marks its 20th year of ministry in the Philippines, celebrating hundreds of lives reached with the Good News, in 8 major languages and 29 minor languages.
FCBH has served many people through Bible Listening Groups (BLGs). BLGs are orally conducted Bible Studies. They are designed for communities of people who have difficulty in reading and writing. To cater to the needs of these communities, FCBH makes use of Proclaimers, a portable device that plays dramatized recordings of the New Testament in a particular local language. The audio Bible ministry of FCBH reaches local Filipino communities by teaching and training local leaders how to lead BLGs using these Proclaimers.
Joey Rubilla is a pastor in Castillas, Sorsogon. He reports, “We have given Proclaimers to every municipality in Sorsogon and more people are still interested to have their units.”
Bro. Jun Buena, a lay minister from the Diocese of Cubao shares, “The proclaimers are being used in the marketplace. Recently, we started a group at Murphy Market in Cubao. People who previously did not know about the Bible are now able to hear God’s Word through BLGs.”
These and more testimonies of the audio Bible ministry comprised the last 20 years. And in celebration of this anniversary, FCBH, in partnership with the Philippine Bible Society (PBS), conducted a seminar-workshop in the PBS Ministry Building last October 16 to 18, 2017.
The FCBH-PBS team led by Pastor Raymond Francisco conducted the 3-day workshop carrying the theme “Faith Forward,” with the goal of equipping area coordinators from both Catholic and Protestant groups in different provinces.
“The Philippines is one of our stronger programs worldwide, because of the persistence and consistency of the program here, aside from the length of time we’ve worked. This workshop is an example of the team’s creativity and efficiency to expand the ministry,” says Tara Sigur, FCBH’s International Language Recording Coordinator.
During the workshop, area coordinators were equipped on monitoring and promotion of BLGs in specific locations. In addition, the participants brainstormed ideas, goals, and strategies on how to move forward.
Tara added, “It’s a great value for them to meet each other and know what others are doing in other parts of the country. I think it’s really special that way. We’re always looking for ways we can improve and grow the program, or just meet the people’s needs.”
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