Sara lives in Gambella Region, Ethiopia. She came from Sudan as a refugee in 1991. Her husband raises cattle, and they have five children. Sara can read, but not well. Few people in her community can read a Bible.
Real life stories of Talking Bibles listeners
When God speaks directly through his Word, he breaks down barriers of misunderstanding, mistrust, and fear. Every month, we feature the story of a life changed by the grace of God. The stories below are only a small fraction of the thousands of testimonies that we have collected directly from new believers who have received a Talking Bible.
When Tera Devi was baptized she began asking God for a Bible to study. Tera is an illiterate woman from a low caste family. Tera says God answered her prayer with a Talking Bible through circumstances she would never have imagined or hoped for.
A miracle happened in Jarso’s life. He heard the Word of God and was convicted. He heard about the miracles that Jesus was doing. During that time he saw a person delivered from a demon. He started to understand how God’s power could heal people, physically and spiritually. He was able to let go of his anger.
When war and fighting broke out near his home in South Sudan, Pastor David to a refugee camp. He wants to help the refugees have suffered terror and trauma. Now he uses the Talking Bibles as “evangelists”, sending them out among the people living in the camp.
As Durga told us about her experiences, she laughed and giggled. The joy of knowing God radiates out of her. This beautiful woman of God does not hesitate to share the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ with everyone she meets.
Asked about the changes in himself and his village since he received a Talking Bible, Garbicha says, “I cannot explain to you everything that has happened to me and in this village – there is not enough time.”
In three months, Ruth and her unbelieving coworkers have listened through the whole Talking Bible at least five times. She has shared the good news of Jesus with the Talking Bible more than she ever had before.
Gatherings meant for comforting refugees developed into formal Talking Bible listening groups where Pastor John taught leaders to study through the New Testament chapter by chapter. Soon, the Talking Bibles were each being used several times each week by these listening groups.
In the weeks before their pre-arranged marriage, Annuj planned to kill his fiancée Shakruntla to run away and begin a new life. He says he despised that she was always praying to Jesus and thought she would get in the way of his drinking.
Before he received a Talking Bible, Tadesse was discouraged and frustrated. He desired to know more about the Bible, but he had to wait until someone could read it to him. His Talking Bible finally made it possible for him to have a personal Bible study.
Mariama’s pastor gave her the Talking Bible. Now she counts it as one of her most valuable possessions. She had never had access to a Bible like this before. Mariama feels fortunate to have it so she can listen and grow in her faith.
In the five months since the village received the Talking Bibles, 23 people have believed in Jesus Christ. Those who were previously skeptical are now curious to hear God speaking to them.