MegaVoice History

The World’s First Solar Audio Bible

Over 25 years ago, the founders of MegaVoice, Tom Treseder and Ken Crowell, pioneered the development of the first solar powered, digital audio Bible. Their vision was to work in partnership with hundreds of ministries to engage billions of people who are unable to read the Bible for themselves.

After years of prayer and perseverance, the MegaVoice solar powered audio Bible became a reality – and a favorite among those who use audio Bibles to engage unreached people groups . Thanks to these two visionary co-founders, non-readers on every continent can now have access to the Scriptures in their own language, in a form they can readily understand.

Today, MegaVoice produces an ever-expanding line of solar powered audio Bibles for Christian purposes, and also solar digital players are available for humanitarian use. A line of MegaVoice digital players allow ministries and NGOs to choose a player that best suits the need. The full line of available MegaVoice audio Bibles and the unique attributes of each, can be viewed on our MegaVoice Audio Bible Products Page.

Thanks to other audio ministries, MegaVoice is also home to an expansive Scripture audio library with 8,400 Scripture titles in 4,600 languages and dialects. Scripture titles, with playback times ranging from a few minutes to 320 hours duration, can be loaded onto the growing line of digital audio Bibles and audio New Testaments.

To help partners in ministry, MegaVoice has an audio resource team ready to place your audio production on as many MegaVoice as you need. Organizations and individuals can also load their own messages using a PC to drag and drop files onto the MegaVoice audio Bible.

Breaking the Silence

In 1986, a group of men in Australia began praying for a way to reach billions of people who were unable to read God’s Word for themselves. One of those praying Australians was a Bible Society leader named Tom Treseder. Tom’s dream was to find a way to play back the entire Bible on a reliable audio device “with no moving parts” – one that would not be subject to incessant mechanical breakdowns.

The MP3 player would not be invented for another ten years, so the limits of known technology would have to be pushed to create the world’s first digital audio Bible. Undaunted, Tom sketched the initial drawing of the envisioned Audio Bible.

In 1988, God brought Tom together with Ken Crowell, an American Christian electronics engineer. At the time, Ken and his wife Margie were busy building their electronics business from the ground up. The Crowells were already in the process of developing a fixed tuned radio for missions work together with Canadian, Allan McGuirl, and American, Harold Kent. God was forming a global team for His purposes.

The Crowells and the Treseders shared a passion for the Bible and envisioned billions of non-readers hearing God’s Word in their own language. Their objective was to record and play back a digital version of the entire Bible, in those days an incredible eighty hours of audio. Considering that the memory capacity of technology at the time was about 30 seconds, and the desire to also make it a solar powered unit, the team definitely had a mountain to move to make the world’s first audio Bible.

Overcoming daunting technological challenges, Ken and his development team finally brought the audio capacity of the prototype solar audio Bible player up to 15 minutes, then extended it to 30, then 60 minutes and beyond. Today, the MegaVoice digital audio Bible is a reality and the Crowells and Treseders have given glory to God saying, “It is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.”

Ken Crowell went to be with the Lord in 2012, and Tom Treseder continues to travel the world telling others about those who cannot read the Bible for themselves and the need for audio Bibles in thousands of languages. MegaVoice now has audio Bible distribution points called Media Centers located strategically worldwide.

MegaVoice First Audio Bible

In 1986, a group of men in Australia began praying for a way to reach billions of people who were unable to read God’s Word for themselves. One of those praying Australians was a Bible Society leader named Tom Treseder. Tom’s dream was to find a way to play back the entire Bible on a reliable audio device “with no moving parts” – one that would not be subject to incessant mechanical breakdowns.

The MP3 player would not be invented for another ten years, so the limits of known technology would have to be pushed to create the world’s first digital audio Bible. Undaunted, Tom sketched the initial drawing of the envisioned Audio Bible.

In 1988, God brought Tom together with Ken Crowell, an American Christian electronics engineer. At the time, Ken and his wife Margie were busy building their electronics business from the ground up. The Crowells were already in the process of developing a fixed tuned radio for missions work together with Canadian, Allan McGuirl, and American, Harold Kent. God was forming a global team for His purposes.

The Crowells and the Treseders shared a passion for the Bible and envisioned billions of non-readers hearing God’s Word in their own language. Their objective was to record and play back a digital version of the entire Bible, in those days an incredible eighty hours of audio. Considering that the memory capacity of technology at the time was about 30 seconds, and the desire to also make it a solar powered unit, the team definitely had a mountain to move to make the world’s first audio Bible.

Overcoming daunting technological challenges, Ken and his development team finally brought the audio capacity of the prototype solar audio Bible player up to 15 minutes, then extended it to 30, then 60 minutes and beyond. Today, the MegaVoice digital audio Bible is a reality and the Crowells and Treseders have given glory to God saying, “It is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.”

Ken Crowell went to be with the Lord in 2012, and Tom Treseder continues to travel the world telling others about those who cannot read the Bible for themselves and the need for audio Bibles in thousands of languages. MegaVoice now has audio Bible distribution points called Media Centers located strategically worldwide.

MegaVoice First Audio Bible

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