Religion, Spiritual Development

Talking Bibles International

  • Escondido, CA
  • http://www.talkingbibles.org

Mission Statement

In service to the Lord Jesus Christ, Talking Bibles International produces and preserves single voice audio recordings of translated Scriptures in hundreds of languages and makes these recordings available in Talking Bibles throughout the world—the only means for millions of people who cannot read to hear and understand the Gospel.

Main Programs

  1. Talking Bibles for Telegu Fishermen INDIA
Service Areas

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International

Talking Bibles, a worldwide leading producer, distributor of audio Bibles, produces audio recordings of the Bible in different langauges for people living all over the globe.  These recordings of the Bible are placed in a specially designed audio Bible player called the Talking Bible, which are utilized by the blind and those who cannot read to access the Bible.

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 1998

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Mr. Mark S Hoekstra

Keywords

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Aujdio Scriptures, Talking-Bibles, non-readers, Adopt-A-Village Bible-listenting programs

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EIN

33-0361583

 Number

1929326444

Physical Address

419 East Grand Avenue

Escondido, CA 92025

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Religious Media, Communications Organizations (X80)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Radio (A34)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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With the distribution of every 10,000 Talking Bibles, it is estimated that at least 500,000 people hear the Gospel in a meaningful way. Blind individuals are encouraged in their faith, and illiterate Christians are able to share their faith with those among whom they live, using God’s Word via the Talking Bible. Others using the Talking Bible are able to improve their reading skills, preparing the way for further study of God’s word in preparation for ministry.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Talking Bibles for Telegu Fishermen INDIA

Opportunity to place Talking Bibles with Telegu fishermen in India.  This project seeks to place 100 Talking Bibles with fishermen on 100 commercial fishing boats in the Bay of Bengal.
The Talking Bibles placement program is relatively straightforward.  We work with national Bible believing Christian pastors, church planters and leaders in country to identify strategic homes which will be a central meeting place for locals to listen to the Word of God.  Church planters and pastors recruit people who are either in a “listening Bible Study group” or are willing to start one in their homes.  The key is for a local to demonstrate the gift of hospitality and make their home available for the listening groups.  These groups generally start small then grow as neighbors and friends start to stand outside of the homes and listen to the Word of God.  It is not uncommon for Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and non-believing neighbors to listen to the Talking Bible as Scripture is being broadcast in their language.  To most, this is their first exposure to Jesus.
Likewise, this approach is compelling to non-believing seekers as they are accepted in the grouthe church planter addresses the questions the next time he visits the Bible Listening group. This kind of relaxed approach builds trust and a sense of community.

Category

Religion

Population(s) Served

Male Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Budget

$7,200.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Talking Bibles, a worldwide leading producer, distributor of audio Bibles, produces audio recordings of the Bible in different langauges for people living all over the globe.  These recordings of the Bible are placed in a specially designed audio Bible player called the Talking Bible, which are utilized by the blind and those who cannot read to access the Bible.

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Talking Bibles International
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
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Talking Bibles International

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Mark S Hoekstra

BIO

Mark Hoekstra served as a professional missionary airlines pilot in Nigeria for five years.
Mark joined ASI (new Talking Bibles) to serve as its president in 1990. Mark brings leadership skills, computer and technical skills and is the creative genius behind the design of the TALKING-Bible. Mark has vision and a burning desire to provide God's Word in audio for non-readers and the blind.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Strengthening non-literate Christians throughout the world is critical to reaching the world for Christ. Dedicated national believers are more than willing to take up the missionary effort needed to reach the final un-reached people groups within their communities and countries.  But they need helonly national pastors, evangelists, and indigenous workers will be able to penetrate the darkness. To that end, they need a Bible people can use and understand. It is critical that they are provided with Talking Bibles."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Paul D Hoekstra

Talking Bibles

Term: Jan 2011 - Dec 2020

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