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Two Ministries to Create Largest Repository of Digital Bible Text

Faith Comes By Hearing Audio Bible Ministry has announced an expansion of a longtime partnership with United Bible Societies (UBS), reports Jeremy Reynalds, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service.

The two Christian organizations, which provide scripture worldwide, have agreed to a collaboration that they say will lay the groundwork for unprecedented access to digital Bible text and audio.

According to a news release from FCBH and UBS, this is accomplished by an agreement that brings together UBS's Digital Bible Library and FCBH's Digital Bible Project in a way that will leverage technology for greater access, while also improving efficiency and reducing duplication of work and services.

The news release said that as UBS and its members have worked closely with FCBH for many years, this new agreement can be viewed as a 21st century extension of decades of mutually committed efforts in the field of Bible engagement and Scripture literacy. It is a logical next step, the news release stated, to providing the Word of God peoples worldwide.

Jerry Jackson, FCBH founder and president, said in the news release, “We have deep respect for every member represented by United Bible Societies and all of the translation ministries we have partnered with the past 40 years. Over 200 years of determined commitment to translation and Bible distribution is testimony to God's anointing on their work to provide His Word in all spoken languages of the world.”

Jackson continued, “It has been our privilege to follow behind and record their translations, especially for the visually impaired and those unable to read. Our hope is that this formal collaboration will make God's Word more readily available to all who want it.”

Michael Perreau, UBS Global General Secretary said in the news release, “FCBH have been faithful servants to the Bible cause, making the Word of God available to so many through their audio ministry. They have consistently shown leadership in the application of new technology to the challenge of reaching all peoples with God's Word. FCBH makes a very significant contribution towards our global goal of ensuring all illiterate and sight-impaired men, women and children have the opportunity to hear the gospel.”

UBS is an international fellowship of 145 Bible Societies working in 200 countries and territories. Since 1988, UBS and its constituent national Bible Societies have provided the backbone of Faith Comes By Hearing's international programs. Bible Societies in more than 60 countries endorse, facilitate, or implement FCBH listening groups. In addition, more than 344 FCBH Audio New Testament recordings use UBS-member translations.

For more information about Faith Comes by Hearing go to www.fcbh.org

To learn more about United Bible societies, go to www.unitedbiblesocieties.org

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