Since 2008, Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) has provided more than 400,000 Military BibleSticks to this nation’s brave men and women in uniform – free of charge. The small, portable digital device contains a dramatized recording of the New Testament with 65 minutes of specially selected Psalms, and is distributed to troops through their chaplains. Since the program’s inception, over 1,400 chaplains have requested BibleSticks and distributed them during pre-deployment briefings, counseling sessions, Bible studies, weekly chapel services, and upon direct request of service members.“When we started this outreach in 2008, we had no idea the demand would reach these levels,” states Troy Carl, Faith Comes By Hearing vice president.
Initial production was a small run of just 1,000 units, which were quickly dispersed in a few weeks by the handful of chaplains who were the original participants in the program. As the word spread about the deployment-friendly devices, regular requests from other chaplains soon demonstrated that this was not to be only a short-lived outreach.
“We were – and continue to be – amazed by the demand [for BibleSticks],” says Carl. “And how could anyone ever say no to those who voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way to protect and defend our country?”
Having a desire to fulfill every request, the ministry has looked to a number of sources to find funding to meet the ongoing need. Among these sources are individual donors through Christian radio and TV campaigns, and thousands of churches from all across America that have sacrificially given in support of our troops.
“Many of our church partners have participated and given three and four times,” continues Carl. “There is clearly a heart for our military members throughout the American church.”
The ministry works with churches by providing video and printed material about the outreach that they can share with their congregations. While working year-round to meet the demand from chaplain requests, FCBH also focuses the project around holidays that are meaningful for those serving and their loved ones back home. Upcoming holidays include Easter (April), Armed Forces week (May) and Father’s Day (June).
Churches can learn more by visiting MilitaryBibleStick.com, or by calling the ministry directly at (800) 545-6552.
SOURCE Faith Comes By Hearing