USA (FCBH/MNN) ― Eight years ago, Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) developed the Proclaimer, a solar-powered digital playback device.
The project came about because of the high illiteracy rates around the world that prevented the poor from having access to God's Word in their own heart language.
Enter: Troy Love, a police officer from Columbus, Indiana, and a former Marine. He first heard of the Proclaimer during a presentation at his church in 2010 and decided to raise funds and awareness for FCBH listening groups by riding his bike across the country.
In September 2010, he completed a six-week journey that took him from San Francisco, California to Yorktown, Virginia. That ride generated over $67,000.
Now he's back: this time pedaling from Key West, Florida to Bar Harbor, Maine, with a goal of $90,000. Together, these events will bring awareness of the needs as he speaks in churches and makes more appearances. The end goal between the two rides: $157,000, which would cover the cost to establish 1,000 Faith Comes By Hearing listening groups.
Troy and FCBH share the common passion of bringing the Word of God to every nation, tribe, village and tongue. "This is the Great Commission. It is what we as believers are all called to do," says Love. "I am truly humbled that God would allow me to be used for His work."
Beginning May 31, Love hopes to travel the south-to-north route through 11 East Coast states, ending on July 2 in Maine. Some of the stops on the journey include Miami (FL), Statesboro (GA), Wilmington (NC), Williamsburg (VA), Montgomery (NY), and Nashua (NH).
As Faith Comes By Hearing celebrates their 40th year anniversary throughout 2012, the ministry remains focused on providing God's Word in an audio format to every nation, tribe, village and tongue. They currently have Audio Scriptures in 648 languages that can be freely accessed on their Web site, via podcasts in their iTunes store, or on their free Bible app known as Bible.is.