Mandeepa was in her 30s living in Asia. She became married at the age of 16, and deeply desired to read the Bible a pastor had given her.

She could not read it, nor could her husband. Both of them were illiterate, like nearly everyone they knew. Life is so frustrating for the illiterate; you can’t read a medical prescription, a road sign, or, your Bible if you have one.

Many years later a local ministry offered literacy classes, and Mandeepa joined without hesitation.

Many other women in the village scoffed her and teased her for thinking she could learn to read at her “advanced age” of the mid-30s! To everyone’s s surprise, except Mandeepa’s, she learned to read, and a new world opened up to her. The Bible was her first and most sot after book to read.

What about all the other illiterate people in the remote reaches of this world?

The act of getting Bibles to these people is of little value if they can not read the book. This is true, and this is how the digital age is changing everything in preaching the gospel message.

Now it is possible to record the Bible in the languages of the remote peoples, put it in a tiny player and send it to the least reached people on earth. Illiteracy now is not a road block. These people can listen to the Bible in their own language! It is much easier to hide a tiny recording device than a Bible if you live in a persecuting country.

The roadblocks to reaching the ends of the earth with the gospel message are falling like dominos. Will we rise to the occasion, and provide the Word of God to all people in a format they can understand?

The persecuted and least reached people groups around the world are waiting for their Bible!

Kim Wenzel is a local Open Doors USA ministry representative who speaks in churches and groups about praying for the persecuted church. For more information, persons interested may contact Wenzel at pastorkimwenzel@gmail.com or 918-919-1490. Hear more about the persecuted church at 6 p.m., every Saturday on KWXC 88.9 FM Christian talk radio.