You may have heard that people who cannot read, can access all or part of the Bible on electronic devices called MegaVoice. Children who are victims of abuse or trauma need the Word of God, but are unlikely to sit down with an audio player. Then someone had an inspired idea. What about a stuffed animal that could tell Bible Stories? The result is Wildlife Story tellers: soft toys with a MegaVice audio player inside.
A disabled boy in Guatemala who received a soft toy beamed the moment he felt the tiger’s soft fur. Then he pushed the little audio button, and the tiger began to tell him a Bible story – in his own language.
A girl in South Asia who was found badly beaten was taken to hospital by Christian aid workers, who gave her a bag of supplies, including a teddy bear who was ready to snuggle and tell Bible stories in her language. Day and night, this little girl held her bear and listened to the stories about Jesus, and by the time she was ready to leave, everyone on the ward knew the stories.
(This is an extract from the article “New formats for old cultures” in the January edition of the Christian Newspaper “Evangelicals Now, and is reprinted here with permission)
Thank God for those with imaginative ways of bringing the Bible to people who have special needs. “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Romans 10 v 17)
Contributed by Roland Morris