At In Touch Ministries it is important for us to share the gospel with those who have no access to the latest technology or even to electricity. What about those who live in regions of the world where literature or broadcast signals are inaccessible by conventional methods? The Messenger, a hand-held audio device powered by solar energy, provides groundbreaking opportunities for us to deliver Christian teaching by offering complete content in two languages instead of one. It’s ideal for vast regions of the world where two languages are commonly spoken, especially since the listener can switch from one language to the other at the touch of a button. A particularly exciting development is how the Messenger reaches illiterate communities and cultures where copies of the Bible are sparse.
The Messenger requires no batteries or electricity and arrives loaded with the books of Psalms, Proverbs, the entire New Testament and more than 65 of Dr. Stanley's sermons. Currently, the Messenger is available in 12 languages, including Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish, Hindi, and Russian. More languages are coming, with particular attention being paid to tribal languages and those of unreached people groups.
change a life
In this photo, we see children at play in the common green space at the center of the village. Just beyond the surrounding homes are the fields that make up the tribe’s thriving agriculture business.
THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS after receiving the gospel from missionaries, one village of Aché Indians in southeastern Paraguay has plans to take the good news of Jesus Christ to other peoples of the region. Joining their efforts to train up disciples, In Touch is supplying resources—including the Messenger, a solar-powered audio device—so that Dr. Stanley’s sermons can be translated from Spanish into the tribe’s native tongue.
A little girl looks
out from the window of her house, which is typical of the village: the basic wooden structure comprises one
or two rooms that have
a wooden floor.
A Great Commission
The Aché learned of Jesus Christ nearly four decades ago, but discipleship has been a slow process. For instruction and mentorship, they’ve turned to a neighboring tribe, the Terena in Brazil, who received the gospel over 100 years ago from Scottish evangelists. Here, a man from the Terena tribe trains several Aché men and women to use sound equipment.
Efforts in the Region
The group is presently working on translating some of Dr. Stanley’s messages, in addition to texts from the Bible, which will be put onto a new edition of the In Touch Messenger created specifically for the tribe’s use and ministry efforts in the region. Here, a young man from the village practices recording and editing audio.
Next Generation Evangelists
The work being done today is only the beginning. As the elders of the tribe follow Jesus and grow in wisdom, spiritual knowledge transfers to the rest of the community, down to its smallest members. Fun-loving boys like these represent not only future farmers but also future laborers in Christ’s vineyard. They will be the ones to continue the work of spreading the gospel to the tribes of South America, where foreign missionaries cannot go.
R (whose name is being withheld for protection) shared excitement about giving an Arabic player to an 18-year-old Muslim currently serving a jail sentence for theft. The young man has been faithfully listening to the player, and he’s said that he is open to the truth R has shared during his visits — and that he wants to embrace R’s faith.
“I gave a Messenger to a man who leads a ministry that works among the families in the brick kilns, where the Christians are virtually slaves to the Muslim owners. We are supporting 11 Sunday schools there and have set five families free. The head of this ministry is a real gospel-driven man who wants to see people converted and growing in Christ. May the Lord bless you.”
“The Christians in China send you greetings and gratitude for the large quantity of Messengers sent! These are such a blessing and will aid in ministering to the lost.”
“I look forward to being in heaven one day, and having people from around the world come up to me and say, "thank you," for donating for the Messengers, they brought me to Christ, and eternal life here in heaven.”
In KENYA, Pastor Joseph said “When I received the Messenger, I did a sermon on each of Dr. Stanley’s messages, and the church was blessed! I want to thank God because of these Messengers. I strongly believe they will be of great help to the church in Kenya, East Africa, and also to the whole world. May the Lord bless this ministry.”
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Since 2007, nearly half a million Messengers have been translated into 12 languages and distributed in more than 130 countries because of the faithful support of In Touch partners.
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