Jesus talks to people in lots of different ways. Until recently, I wasn’t aware that Jesus sometimes speaks very clearly through animals (apart from that talking donkey in Numbers 22:28).
So the question remains: what language do soft toys actually speak?
Turns out they do talk – and there’s no limit to the number of different languages they could be speaking. A great new sub-species of soft toy called the Wildlife STORY TELLER comes in the shape of tigers, elephants, lambs, lions, and teddy bears, with an audio Bible inside. Wildlife STORY TELLERS provide vulnerable, hurting children (or adults) with a soft, furry, tangible way to engage with the Bible.
These soft toys arrive ready to tell Bible stories as well as play the audio adaptation from the JESUS Film in the recipient’s heart language. These amazing furry friends are the result of a partnership between the JESUS Film, Global Recordings Network, MegaVoice and Simply the Story.
Though soft and furry, the impact these animals have is not inconsequential. Read what MegaVoice say on their own website:
‘Susan, the visionary behind the partnership, describes the effect the Wildlife STORY TELLER had on a disabled boy in Guatemala: “The second the child felt the tiger’s soft fur, his face lit right up. When he pushed the little audio button, the tiger began to tell him a Bible story — in his own language.”
In South Asia, Latha, a child bride whose husband sold her into prostitution, faced daily abuse. One morning Christian aid workers found Latha badly beaten lying in the rain beside a road. They quickly took her to the hospital along with a bag of supplies — including a Wildlife STORY TELLER bear with audio Bible.
Day and night, Latha clung to her bear and listened to the stories about Jesus—including the audio adaptation of the JESUS film in her heart language. By the end of her stay, everyone in the ward knew the stories. A non-believing doctor remarked that the presence of prayer and truth in that dark place changed the lives of everyone at the hospital.’
I take my hat off to those involved in making these talking furry friends, whose gentle presence and delivery of God’s word will come to be treasured by many.