Summary Report: Audio Communication Track

Dear AD2-Announce Reader:

As the AD2000 & Beyond Movement moves towards its final closure date of early 2001, all of the movement's Tracks / Resource Networks and Task Forces have been requested to provide an overview summary of their specific realm of experience over the 5 - 10 years of their operational existence. These reports have been prepared for compilation of a "lasting record" of this movement and for all to see, as they are interested!

Please see the attached revised report on the Audio Communications Track prepared by the Track Coordinator, Allan Starling. Please be encouraged by this good report! The Lord has greatly used this Track over many years and with the cooperation of many worldwide. Great appreciation and praises to God for the leadership of Allan Starling and many others involved!

These reports will all be included along with other historical reports and data of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, including the AD2000 website, and much more on a CD-ROM being produced for distribution at Celebrate Messiah 2000. Further distribution of this CD-ROM will also be made after the conference. Please email if you<> are interested in purchasing one of these CD-ROMs.

NOTE: Celebrate Messiah 2000 will be held in Jerusalem and Bethlehem 27 December 2000 - 2 January 2001. Registration invitation is still open to those so interested. Please contact Lauri Dennis, Registrar, at for more information.<>

The AD2000 International Office will be closing early in 2001. Click here for more information.

Thank you for your interest in the AD2000 & Beyond Movement and its spiritual and catalytic outworkings into the 21st century. Please continue to pray for the movement until our closing day! Thank you!

That all may hear!

Luis Bush
International Director
AD2000 & Beyond Movement


Of AD2000 & Beyond Movement
Allan Starling, Coordinator. April 27, 2000

UNESCO has estimated that there are two billion non-readers in the world. After consultation with the AD2000 leadership, we determined that it was important to have a track that focussed on efforts to reach the unreached through audio means, with special emphasis on those who could not be reached by literature. The track came into being after the GCOWE meeting in Korea.

This report shows the major aims of the ACT and some ways in which those goals have been achieved:

  1. To encourage and facilitate greater cooperation among audio communications ministries

    We were able to gain the cooperation of twelve organizations that produce and use vernacular audiocassettes.

    Although all of these groups were on friendly terms, they had never before met together. Several joint meetings have been held and we hope to have continued dialog in the future. This may not have happened without the influence of AD2000.

  2. To promote the benefits of using the audio evangelism approach among illiterates. To provide information on (a) Training in the effective production and use of audio tools, (b) Availability of audio evangelism tools from different ministries.

    These goals were largely accomplished with the publication of the Audio Resource Guide. The Guide describes the following available from each of the twelve ministries:

    It also has sections on:

    Hundreds of copies of the Guide have been given to national leaders, evangelists, and missionaries. Gospel Recordings has underwritten the production and distribution costs. The Guide is also available on several Web sites, including We<> plan to do a major updating of the Guide soon. It will also be published in a special edition of the International Journal of Frontier Missions.

  3. To assist in identifying those languages that can best be reached by audio communications methods. To draw attention to the plight of those people groups that are always left out due to lack of resources.

    Gospel Recordings has initiated the Tailender Project that has identified hundreds of small language groups that may never be reached by other means. People are praying and special efforts are being made to record evangelistic messages in those languages.

    Towards the goal of the gospel for every nation (people), Gospel Recordings has now recorded evangelistic messages in over 5,100 languages and dialects. Their goal is to reach 6,000 by the end of the year 2,000. This will mean that only the very smallest groups will be without the message in their own language. SIL plans to start a translation in every language that needs on by the year 2025.

One of the major lessons we have learned is that most missions fundamentally want to work together with other like-minded organizations. However, they are normally understaffed and all their energy is taken up with their own ministry. It takes someone with a burden, a vision, and a drive to accomplish a cooperative effort. The AD2000 and Beyond Movement has opened the doors to many cooperative measures and has helped many groups to see that "We must get the job done, but we can't do it alone."

Praise God that almost all the people groups of the world now have an opportunity of hearing the Good News in their own languages.

AD2000 gave the initial impetus to ACT. We can now continue on our own, in an informal way, or as a part of the successor to AD2000.

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