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Middle Eastern women listening to MP3 player.

The Crux of Communicating the Cross

To the question Paul asks in Romans 10:14, “How are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?” the answer in the 21st century Middle East often lies in an MP3 player. Relationships are as crucial as ever, but digitally recorded media provide people in traditionally oral cultures the opportunity to hear the Bible and gospel proclamation in a way that reduces immediate chances of being shunned or killed. The recorded word that Muslims can hear at their discretion, over and again, is central to evangelism in the Middle East. Recording and production for each book of the Bible in a particular language and dialect costs about $7,500 each. Once recordings are made, they are loaded onto inexpensive, solar-powered MP3 players at $30 each.

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