Audio Bibles Bring Scripture to Life in Papua New Guinea

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This post was updated on March 15, 2023.

"We listen to it daily. At noon we listen to it. We listen to it before going to sleep. Then we pray. Then we sleep." -A Kanwasa villager speaking about their MegaVoice audio Bible

Giving the Gift of God’s Word in Papua New Guinea

While many communities in Papua New Guinea are becoming more literate, the process is slow. Most people still share important information orally. This cultural structure is beautiful, but ill-suited to a traditional approach to biblical access.

Though thirty-nine New Testaments have been published in local PNG languages, these print translations do not serve oral communities.

Through last year’s Wycliffe gift catalog, many donors helped purchase solar-powered audio Bibles for people in Papua New Guinea. These generous gifts empowered Papua New Guinea missionaries to share the Gospel in a new way. Audio Bibles bring the Scriptures to life in the listener’s unique heart language.

The Power of Professional Audio Bible Recordings in EVERYONE’S Heart Language

Through faithful collaboration between Wycliffe Bible Translators, MegaVoice, and PNG missionaries, six of these New Testaments have now been professionally recorded!

The files were placed on flash drives and small solar-powered audio Bibles for convenient distribution. This represents a significant step forward in the mission of bringing the Gospel to the people of New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea tribespeople examining a MegaVoice audio Bible

Stories of Lives Changed by Audio Bibles

One Kamano speaker in Papua New Guinea reported how much his children love listening to their MegaVoice audio Bibles. Local pastors are also using the audio Bibles during their sermons instead of reading from the trade language and translating orally. In addition, public school principals are now asking for these solar-powered Bibles to give to their teachers to play for class language study and devotion times.

Many families confess to turning on their audio Bible during their evening meal and listening until the batteries go dead (four or five hours later). Children are asking if they can “recharge the batteries by putting the players close to the fire” so they can finish listening to one of the Bible stories!

These audio Bibles make translated Scripture accessible to thousands of people in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Translation has bridged the language barrier, and Scripture in this format is bringing God’s Word to the ears and hearts of the people.

Thanks to our contributing authors at Wycliffe USA. We are thankful for ministry partners like Wycliffe for their amazing work among Unreached People Groups (UPGs). Because of Wycliffe’s Bible translation work, countless millions are encountering Jesus Christ for the first time.

At MegaVoice, we equip our Partners to fulfill the Great Commission so all people may engage with the Word of God in their own language.

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