They're portable. They're light weight. They can be taken easily into the most remote villages and regions.
They don't require electricity to operate. They can hold recordings of the Scriptures in multiple languages. They can be listened to by one person or by a group of people.
They're audio Bibles and they're changing the way we bring God's Word to people in developing countries.
From Africa to Asia and beyond, audio Bibles are bringing God's Word to people in many different settings.
Take the country of Ghana, for example. Once, its oral culture combined with a high rate of illiteracy of around 53 percent, and the poverty which sees around 30 percent of the population living on less than $2 per day, would have meant that access to the Word of God was beyond the reach of many.
But now, thanks to audio Bibles even people living in the poorest regions, such as this man, pictured, who is listening to the New Testament in his heart language of Dagbani, can have access to the Scriptures.
This year, the Bible Society of Ghana is distributing 1,500 audio Bibles in nine different languages, including Nzema and Ewe, to people in remote, rural areas.
Ravi Barikder is 58 years old. He was born blind in a village in south west Bangladesh. He has never had access to God's Word.
But all that changed when the Bible Society of Bangladesh gave Ravi an audio Bible with a recording of the New Testament in the Bengali Common Language.
Now, Ravi listens to the Scriptures every day. "The Word of God is my daily spiritual food," says Ravi. "Thank you Bible Society."
This year we've pledged to help bring audio Bibles into the lives of people like Ravi.
Your gift, made today, will help to fulfil that pledge.
Thank you and God bless you.
This article is from The Word at Work – Autumn 2012