Pastor Ted Wilson travelled to Gabensis—22km outside of Lae in Papua New Guinea (PNG)—to meet villagers and give them the first audio Bibles in the pidgin language.
Hundreds, including children, turned out to hear the world leader talk about how the Bible teaches us about Jesus who will change their lives.
The audio Bibles—called ‘Godpods’—contain the full Bible, the book “Steps to Christ”, a series of Bible studies, some health tips and 100 favourite Bible stories for children.
The project was initiated by It Is Written Oceania in conjunction with Pacific Adventist University and the PNG Union Mission as well as It Is Written International.
There is only one Seventh-day Adventist living in the village of Gabensis. A branch Sabbath School has been started and is being attended by more than 100 villagers.
But like many people in PNG, some of the villagers cannot read. This means it is impossible for them to read the Bible for themselves.
Pastor Gary Kent, the speaker on ‘It Is Written’ which can be seen on television on Hope Channel, joined Pastor Ted Wilson to hand out the first 10 Godpods to the ten clan leaders present.
“This Bible has a solar panel, so it does not need any batteries. It has no moving parts, so it will never need servicing,” he told the villagers. “If you cannot read the Bible, you can now LISTEN to the Bible yourself, and find out God’s truth.”
The audience continued to break out in applause, particularly when Pastor Kent turned on the Godpod so they could hear the pidgin language for themselves.
It Is Written has manufactured 4000 Godpods and will continue to distribute these through the villages in the highlands of Papua New Guinea with the hope of possibly 6000 more units in the future.