When Jesus issued the Great Commission in Matthew 28, it's doubtful His disciples could envision a world where going into all the nations would be fulfilled digitally, but that's precisely what World Mission's Treasure does.
A solar-powered audio Bible, the Treasure connects Third World Christians with the power of the cross. Pastors familiar with the Treasure and its evangelization capabilities are constantly asking for more, says John Hullett of World Mission.
"Whenever we ask for prayer requests, the only things leaders ask for are courage and more Treasures," says Hullett. "It builds passion, and the power of the Word of God changes people."
It's the verbal power of the Word of God that's making a difference.
Global illiteracy statistics are staggering: A total of 775 million people, or 1 in 5 worldwide, cannot read and two-thirds of those are women, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
The goal of the Treasure isn't to create Western-based church plants. Rather, it's to provide indigenous churches rooted in God's Word the tools to share the gospel.
The organization has access to more than 5,000 languages with 200 complete New Testaments.
One Treasure can impact hundreds of people. Along with the gospel, the groups of people that form around the Treasure can launch churches and awaken gifts of evangelism digitally. They in turn can share the gospel with others, further spreading the Good News.
World Mission receives the Treasure parts in units and then custom makes them so any given device can feature the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, an audio version of the Jesus film, as well as testimonies of people who could never otherwise travel to a mission field.
Anyone with a heart inclined toward missions can record their testimonies. While sharing with a youth group or a friend, their stories will only go so far, but if recorded for the Treasure, their stories can impact nations.
And with the the availability of multiple languages and programs, one thing becomes increasingly clear: "Your God speaks my language," according to a Treasure listener.
"The laborers are already there," Hullett says. "They just want the tools." —Jessilyn Justice
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