[The Baptist General Convention of Texas] is relying on its 5,700 congregations and 2.3 million affiliated members to purchase and distribute the CDs, which cost them $1 each.
-- From "Baptists to flood Texas with Bible CDs by Easter" by Linda Stewart Ball, The Associated Press 2/3/10
It's part of a three-pronged campaign dubbed Texas Hope 2010 to convey what "we really believe; that there's hope in Christ," said Randel Everett, the Baptist group's executive director.
Pop one in a car CD player or load it onto an MP3 device and hear the third chapter of John explain how "God so loved the world" in English or Spanish.
Slip it into a computer and download the entire New Testament in one of more than 400 languages, complete with dramatic pauses, sound effects and background music. Organizers say they're not snubbing the Old Testament; the audio is not yet available in all those languages.
In Alpharetta, Ga., the North American Mission Board, which is tied to the Southern Baptist Convention, recently launched an initiative to share the Gospel with everyone in North America, but they're taking 10 years to do it and it's not CD-centric.
Because the U.S. and many Texas cities are now so global . . . local Christians must think and act more like missionaries who are going into a different culture. The CD is a good start, but relationships are still the key.
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