Vatican City: May 22, 2009. Pope Benedict XVI is encouraging the world's young people to use technology to spread the Gospel as part of World Communications Day, Sunday, May 24.
"I appeal to you, bear witness to your faith through the digital world," the Pope said at his weekly address. "Employ these new technologies to make the Gospel known, so that the Good News of God's infinite love for all people will resound in new ways across our technological world."
Earlier this week, Faith Comes By Hearing, the world's foremost Audio Bible ministry, launched a revolutionary Audio Bible distribution program to do just that -- Audio Bible Ambassador.
"Audio Bible Ambassadors are people who are using breakthrough technology to share Audio Scriptures online," explained Troy Carl, Faith Comes By Hearing's national director.
Through this program, people can turn their computers into Audio Bible distribution centers. Carl puts the process in plain words.
"Becoming an Audio Bible Ambassador is simple. You start by downloading an Audio Bible for yourself. Then choose languages to sponsor," said Carl. "When others go online and search for their free Audio Bible in one of the languages you've sponsored, your computer talks to their computer and sends over the Audio Scriptures."
To see their impact, Audio Bible Ambassadors then visit a secure, interactive webpage that graphically displays a world map showing all those that they've shared the Word of God with.
"Through this outreach, you can make a difference for Christ and reach people while at work, surfing the web, or even while you're sleeping," Carl said. "By becoming an Audio Bible Ambassador, you will help thousands all over the world get the pure Word of God in audio in their heart language."
Faith Comes By Hearing, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based non-profit ministry, developed this program to equip Christians for online Bible ministry opportunities.
Faith Comes By Hearing is working to record Audio Bibles in 2,000 languages and start two million Bible listening groups by the year 2016, which would reach 97 percent of the world's population.