I’m delighted to report that the number of people reached through your gifts for Audio Bibles before we started our series with Morgan Jackson this May, stood at 13,274,812 people in listening groups in 83 countries in 253 languages. That is a lot of people! Also, it is estimated that half of those have accepted Christ as their Savior—about 6,637,406 people. I can’t wait to see how God will use all of us during this series.
I am writing this letter to you after the first two weeks of our new series with Morgan started. I am glad to see many of you responding to our latest programs. This year, we started by talking about Morgan’s Mom and Dad. I am glad to report that his mom is still with us and watched the programs when Morgan talked about both his mom and dad. Isn’t it amazing how God has used them? I thought you would like to hear how his mom went to many different countries and supervised the recording of Audio Bibles into 40 different languages when she was 55 to 80 years of age!
Now we have entered a new phase of getting Audio Bibles out to the last 1.5 billion people who have never had a Bible in their own language. The Bible translators have set a date for 2033 to translate and bring Audio Bibles to these last remaining people.
During this series it struck me that we are the last Christians who will hopefully finish obeying Jesus’ command to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Or as Matthew records, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
In the next 10 years—or earlier, we want to accomplish this. Morgan and the staff at Faith Comes By Hearing have figured out a way to accurately translate languages by oral-to-oral means. Then, once the 2,000 remaining languages have been translated, Morgan has asked us to help provide the Audio Proclaimers to put these last 2,000 languages on them so they can be sent to national Christians in many parts of the world who will bravely take them to those who have never heard.
When I started this TV ministry 43 years ago, I never thought I would be part of bringing the gospel to people around the world. Matthew 24:14 says, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
Could we be part of last time’s events? I don’t know. But our goal is to help bring the Audio Bibles to the last people who have never heard the Bible in their own language. The Bible translators have set a date to accomplish this in the next 10 years. And Faith Comes By Hearing has asked for our help. If we all accomplish this, then we will fulfill Jesus’ command to go into all the world and preach the gospel.
Would you continue to pray for and support this outreach as we work toward getting at least a portion of Scripture in every language by the year 2033?
Now, after our programs with Morgan Jackson, we want to bring you a series we taped with Dr. Stephen Meyer, author of “Return of the God Hypothesis.” The information in this series will show you how to disprove the main ideas of scientific materialism which teaches that “unguided chemical evolution brought about the origin of life,” and that “unguided biological evolution is responsible for the development of life.”
Polls show that these two ideas have led more people to reject faith in God than has the idea that God shouldn’t allow people to suffer from disease or death.
Other polls have shown a dramatic rise in the religious unaffiliated, agnostic, or atheistic respondents—among college students in the 18-33 age range. The rapid growth of this group occurred precisely during the recent decade in which the New Atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Stephen Hawking have gained prominence.
For example, Richard Dawkins has said, “The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.” How do you as a Christian answer this statement and present the Christian worldview?
You know that the Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” But our Christian churches today have not presented the scientific evidence that strongly defends this biblical statement. As a result, we are losing our young adults.
In our 9 television programs with Dr. Stephen Meyer, we present the scientific evidence that God exists.
In our first program, we tell you why it was Judeo-Christian ideas that brought about the Origin of Modern Science.
In our second program we will tell you how the discovery of new scientific evidence showed The Universe Had a Beginning.
Our third program is entitled “The Unexpected Theistic Implications of Quantum Cosmology.” Here we will explain how new scientific discoveries have defeated the New Atheists’ novel mathematical theories about how the universe began from nothing.
Our fourth program explores how The New Scientific Discoveries Show that the Universe Has Been Finely Tuned for Life to Exist, and why the design hypothesis best explains this evidence. Scientists realize that if the universe shows evidence of being fine-tuned for life to exist, that evidence points to an all-powerful, intelligent designer.
In our fifth program, we will tell you about the alternative to God creating the universe, which the New Atheists call The Multiple Universe Theory, or Multiverse. Why does scientific evidence not support this theory?
In episode six, “Why the DNA in Every Cell in Your Body is Strong Evidence for an Intelligent Designer.”
Our seventh program will tell you more about DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design.
In our eighth program, Dr. Meyer will tell you about The Cambrian explosion in the fossil record and other information explosions in the history of life that Charles Darwin had no answer for.
In our ninth program, Dr. Meyer will summarize why all of this scientific evidence points to The Existence of a God Who Has the Attributes of Transcendence, Omnipotence, Creative Power, Free Will, and Intelligence.
The scientific evidence that Dr. Meyer presents will refute the theory of Scientific Materialism held in secular universities. All the information in this series is available on DVDs. Please visit our online store to order the DVDs from this series along with Dr. Meyer’s book and some other bonus DVDs.
As you know, we live in a country that is increasingly hostile to Christianity and to the gospel. As you think of us, our ministry, and the many people who hear God’s message through what we do here, would you pray for us? Pray that we would be bold in preaching God’s Word. Pray that God will be with us and will guide us in the way we go.
Please know that we could not do ministry without you—without your support by prayers and through your gifts, and without your encouragement to continue even when the enemy attacks. Thank you for all that you do.
By the same token, our staff prays regularly for our donors. If you have specific needs or requests, please let us know. We’ll be happy to pray for you!
Until the whole world hears,
John and Darlene