We work with you to share the spoken Word of God with millions of non-readers.

God calls all believers to go out and preach the Gospel and make new disciples, to become a fisher of souls. This can be a daunting task for any Christian. Imagine then if you could not read. How could you disciple another person without God’s Word? Our vision is to engage and enable people EVERYWHERE to become fishers of souls. For people who cannot read, to provide them with God’s Word in the form of a spoken word Talking Bible gives them the knowledge and skills necessary to share the Gospel with their friends and family.

The Lord Jesus, when he looked out at the crowds around Him, had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
— Matthew 9:36 (ESV)

Making Fishers of Men and Women

In the recent past, Talking Bibles International has equipped and provided training for 45,000 new non-reading Christian missionaries, resulting in over 1.2 million unreached people hearing the Gospel—many for the very first time. Our hope for the next six years is that Talking Bibles will train and equip 2 million non-readers with God’s Word, so that they can begin Bible-listening fellowships.

The ministry provides leaders in global communities of oral learners with “talking” Bibles in their native languages. We work with them to select homes that could be a central meeting place for neighbors to listen to the Word of God. Indigenous church planters encourage willing people in these homes to start a "listening Bible stud group" with a Talking Bible. These groups start small then grow as friends and family join in. Listeners discuss what they hear and ask questions at the end of each Bible study session. The church planter provides pastoral care and responds to unanswered questions the next time they visit the listening Bible study group. This relaxed approach builds trust and a sense of community.

Anyone can be an evangelist!

The Bible or parts of it have been translated in over 2,000 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—even those who cannot read. The spoken word makes possible a new type of evangelist: a non-reading evangelist. You can help take the Gospel to the last remaining unreached people by training and equipping Scripture-hungry non-readers with Talking Bibles.

In our village, we have organized Talking Bible listening groups of six people or more. We have been meeting four times a week. We are listening to the Bible and growing as we become disciples of Jesus.
— Wakala Kowa, Herdsman

Working toward our mission to equip non-readers with a Bible of their own, Talking Bibles has developed sturdy, versatile audio Scripture players that meet the requirements of the mission field.

We began in the 1970s with tape players that could barely hold a full Bible lesson, and we have continually improved the devices as technology develops. Now with the solar-powered Talking Bibles, non-readers in remote villages can listen to a complete Bible in their own language without ever having to purchase batteries.

Quick Facts

The Talking Bible New Testament is available in over 100 languages, and the Old Testament collection is growing. We are always adding to the available languages.

The Talking Bible can store and play a complete Old and New Testament or a single testament if a complete translation is not available to record.

The Talking Bible has been designed for groups of up to 50 people to be able to listen comfortably through the built-in speaker. It can also be plugged into a public address system to reach even more people.

The Talking Bible is about the size and shape of a pocket Bible. It is shaped like a Bible for familiar, comfortable use.

The Talking Bible has been designed to be child safe meaning that there are no small removable parts, and there are no sharp edges which might harm small fingers.

The Talking Bible has been designed to withstand the elements. It is water resistant with a built-in mylar speaker. It has been vibration tested, heat and humidity tested and drop tested. Very rarely do we get one back from the mission field.

The beauty of the Talking Bible lies in its simplicity. Turn it on and it plays the Word of God! It is designed for daily Bible listening, and it always starts where you left off yesterday.

 

Talking Bibles to You

Talking Bibles International originally produced our audio player for internal use only. We have a distribution chain that spreads out onto several continents to local pastors, evangelists, and partner organizations. This is our primary mission. Over the years other organizations and individuals have come to us asking to use our audio player, and we have obliged. We love that other churches, charities, and individuals are equipping nonreaders with Talking Bibles through their ministries.

To ensure that we can remain focused on our mission, Talking Bibles International does not sell Talking Bibles or provide support for Talking Bibles obtained via retail. If you would like to purchase Talking Bibles for your personal or ministry use, please visit our commercial partner, Talking Bibles to You.