What We Do

What We Do Pastor David smiles while holding a Talking Bible What We Do

Everyone in the world needs access to the Bible

The Talking Bibles ministry provides and places Talking Bibles in homes and in areas around the world where people cannot read. We network with local pastors and evangelists for shepherding and follow up.

Indian man walking along the shore holding fish.

How can you learn about God if you can’t read His Word?

The Bible or parts of it have been translated in over 3,000 of the world’s languages. Sadly, many of these Bible translations are under-utilized simply because the people for whom they have been translated cannot read. With a little effort, these same translations of the Bible can be audibly recorded as spoken word and made available to all people.

Borana people sitting outside a hut
Group inside a hut listening to a Talking Bible
Indian people gathered in a church

Talking Bibles International has access to the Bible recorded in over 2000 languages. We partner with 3 major organizations involved in Bible recording along with many Bible Societies around the world. If there is a language with a written Bible, we can probably get the recording for it. We are no longer limited to the languages that we ourselves can record.

We distribute Talking Bibles in Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, in all the states in India as well as various other countries. Talking Bibles International networks with hundreds of missionaries, pastors and evangelists to distribute the Talking Bibles and follow up with answering questions and shepherding new believers. These pastors and evangelists work with dozens of different people groups.

Talking Bibles are placed into homes, villages and areas where people can’t read. Even when there is a Bible translated into their language, if they can’t read, they have no access to God’s Word. A Talking Bible gives access both to reach people who have never heard about God and to provide God’s Word to Christians who are unable to read.

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Group of Pakistanis gather to hear a Talking Bible

From darkness to light…

Talking Bibles has experience bringing about positive, sustainable change to remote communities around the world through structured Bible listening programs. For the first time, many have had the opportunity to have a life changing experience by listening to the Talking Bible in their own language. 

Churches are born from these listening communities, every one full of believers with a growing relationship with God. Listeners begin taking responsibility for their actions, making peace with their enemies, and turning from their bad behavior. When God speaks directly through his Word, he breaks down barriers of misunderstanding, mistrust, and fear.

You Can Help!

Christians who are eager to share their faith will be enabled to do so in a non-threatening way by playing the Talking Bible. As curiosity draws many to listen to a Talking Bible an otherwise locked door of opportunity is opened to reach the illiterate lost.

Help us send Talking Bibles!

How it all started!

Read about the history of Talking Bibles – The life and legacy of Dr. Harvey Hoekstra

Lavina Hokestra with the Majang people

Giving with confidence

Talking Bibles International has Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) accreditation. ECFA accreditation is based on financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance, and ethical fundraising. Talking Bibles joins a growing number of Christ-centered churches and ministries across America that have earned the right to display the ECFA seal. When an organization is accredited by the ECFA, it demonstrates its willingness to follow the model of Biblical accountability and its commitment to follow best practice standards in ministry and fundraising.

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