Nadia lies on the ground,
refusing to move, refusing to eat.
She, her husband, and two children had lived in a village in South Sudan. The civil war and unrest that had plagued her country for years had come to her village. Nadia and her children ran from the village, but her husband was killed. They fled to a refugee camp.
In that camp there was a young man who went crazy. He tried to kill as many people as he could in the camp. Many people arrive at these camps hurting, angry, and wanting revenge. This man went on an angry rampage and killed many people, including Nadia’s children. Nadia had escaped the war and sought refuge in this supposed sanctuary, but her husband and two children are dead.
A widow in a refugee camp does not have anybody to take care of her. There is no point in living anymore. She is overcome by depression and a deep darkness. She decides she will starve herself to death.
The Christian workers and pastors in the camp try to minister to Nadia, but they do not know what to do. She has lost all hope. Finally, a pastor places a Talking Bible next to her and plays it for her.
For several days, he checks on her. She has not moved, but the Talking Bible still plays. The Word of God plays for her while she mourns the loss of her children. The Word of God plays for her while she wishes to die. She listens, starved for comfort, desperate for a reason to live.
While Nadia lays there listening, God softens her heart. She realizes that she has to forgive. So she forgives the man who killed her children. She forgives those who did the atrocities in her village. Through the forgiveness and comfort of the Holy Spirit, she is relieved of the anger and can get up off the ground to continue with life.
There are thousands of Christians in the refugee camps in and around South Sudan where people are starving spiritually. They cannot read and so do not have access to the Word. They do not have stored up in their heart the special promises from God that we have. As readers, we read and memorize the promises of the Bible so that when we have a trauma in our life, the Holy Spirit draws on those promises from memory to comfort us. Non-reading Christians don’t have that same opportunity to store up God’s promises from a printed Bible like readers can.
They need direct contact with the Word, spoken to them in their own language because they can’t read. That’s why a Talking Bible is so powerful when it gets in these areas. That’s what these Talking Bibles are doing that are going to South Sudan. They are going down to these broken people and reassuring them that, despite this trauma that’s going on, there is a God that loves them very much, and there is a hope for a better tomorrow and a better future.
The Talking Bible is God’s Word that the people who can’t read need to sustain life and have an ongoing relationship with God. The Talking Bible is that precious life sustaining Word spoken for those who cannot read it.
Your gift to place a Talking Bible will make a difference in someone’s life. A single missionary, the Talking Bible proclaiming the Good News about God, can go to a very remote place in the world on your behalf to bring that life-sustaining message of God’s love.