Open Source Digital Bible Platform Engages 150 Million, Potential to Reach Billions

Press Release | Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) | December 2, 2013

Faith Comes By Hearing continues to openly share digital Bible content with partners to make God's Word available to everyone

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) introduced the Digital Bible Platform a little more than three years ago.  In short, the platform is the world's largest source of digital Scripture content, which they provide freely across a growing number of outlets such as streaming, podcasts, websites and the and Deaf Bible apps.  Over the last year, FCBH expanded into Internet radio, and has seen over 39 million streams through iTunes Radio, Spotify, Rhapsody and many other outlets that provide 24/7 access to the ministry's Audio Scriptures in over 700 languages.  More recently, the ministry has shared this content through a new partnership with SAT-7, the largest Christian satellite broadcaster in the Middle East and North Africa, with an audience of over 15 million homes in the region.  By utilizing digital technology and openly sharing with partners who are working to do the same, Faith Comes By Hearing foresees quickly moving from hundreds of millions of listeners to an audience of billions.

"Every day seems to bring a new technology or a new platform and a brand-new audience that now has access to God's Word in their own language," comments Troy Carl, FCBH vice president and architect of the Digital Bible Platform. 

Carl and the leadership at FCBH also remain committed to sharing this digital content with ministry partners who share their passion for making the Bible freely available for everyone in their own heart language.  As a result of their open API (Application Program Interface), over 90 developers have been given access to the Digital Bible Platform and the bountiful Bible content available there.  Examples include Kolo Africa, Divinely and the John Ankerberg website, with more than 40 translator and national Bible Society partner apps currently active as well. 

Hundreds of radio partners around the world are also enjoying the open access that gives them rich, dramatized, quality Audio Bible recordings to broadcast over their airways as they reach their listening audience with the Gospel.  Most importantly, they are reaching people groups in their own language.  

"Between new technologies, an ever-growing library of Bible content in hundreds of languages and working hand-in-hand with like-minded ministries, it is not an overstatement to say that the Great Commission can be fulfilled in this generation," concludes Carl.

Established in 1972, Faith Comes By Hearing currently provides Scripture recordings in 763 languages that are spoken by over 5.7 billion people globally.  Through the Digital Bible Platform, FCBH offers free access to this digital collection of Scripture via podcasts, Internet radio, satellite TV and the and Deaf Bible apps.