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YouVersion – changing the whole context of Bible
If you don't yet have a smartphone, you may not realise their compelling advantages. These include having with you 24/7: a still/video camera, diary (which can syncronize automatically to other family members, work colleagues, church etc.), satnav, photo album, note-taker, alarm-clock/watch, Kindle e-reader (there's a free Kindle app – and there are plenty of free classics to choose from), news updates, games as well as all the usual web services – browsing, email, Facebook, Twitter. Free (or very cheap) apps extend this functionality in many ways. The YouVersion bible app is a further opportunity for Jesus followers with smartphones.
Mobile phones and Christian ministry in Africa
Mobiles have become transformative across Africa. It is an amazing story. Any plan for evangelism or discipleship in Africa, which does not integrate mobile phones at some level, is severely handicapped.
Benefits and examples of mobile phone texts - infographic
Texts remain the one electronic messaging system (unlike tweets or emails) that are usually picked up quickly and read. There are many opportunities to integrate text messaging into health care in the Majority World, as this WHO 112-page ebook explains. With, for example 70-75% of Africans having family access to a mobile, there are many opportunities for cross-cultural missions to connect with people, both in terms of health-care education and reminders, as well as discipleship. In some cultures, a surprising number of not-yet-believers are prepared to subscribe to a daily SMS Bible verse and/or motivational thought.
Convert simple phones to smartphones: free ebooks for simple mobile in Africa
Smartphone use is increasing dramatically in the Majority World. But for many poorer people who own mobiles or aspire to them, a simple phone is all they may afford for some years ahead. So the new Worldreader system which turns these phones into smartphones of a sort, with cloud storage of ebooks, all accessed via the phone signal, is quite remarkable. Free ebooks can be placed in the hands of African school students, for instance.
Google's augmented reality glasses project - will it fly?
Here's Google's newly-released video presentation of their Project Glass project. It's nothing less than a fully-functional smartphone built into glasses with head-up display on the lenses.
Digital behavior infographics: context for Christian online ministry & evangelism
These useful infographics reveal the context in which we minister online. Although these are based on US statistics, doubtless other western countries are broadly similar.
Churches, websites and outreach - audio podcast talk: A Church's Mindset for Outreach
Church websites have huge potential. The Internet Toolbox for Churches offers a regular podcast with vital information on this area. Some podcasts are rather self-indulgent chats with a lot of padding around the content. This one isn't. It is 28 minutes of sheer clarity and practical guidance by David Hakes, so good you'd pay to go to a conference to hear it as a seminar.
Why buy a smartphone? 14 advantages of mobile cell phones
You may be entirely happy with a simple cheap mobile phone. And as has been observed about the current world financial crisis, there is no point in "spending money you don't have, to buy things you don't need, to impress people you don't know".
Advance news of Internet Evangelism Day 2011 on 15 May
The 2011 Internet Evangelism Day is set for Sunday 15 May. However, we also plan to extend the focus to the entire month of May, which gives churches and other groups wider freedom to present digital opportunities in ways that fit into their programs.
Guide Network: networking and help on mobile device outreach and web evangelism
The Global Use of Internet and Digital Evangelism (Guide) Network is an informal networking resource, linked with Internet Evangelism Day & Web Evangelism Guide, Internet Evangelism Coalition, Global Christian Internet Alliance, Lausanne, and visionSynergy. [www.visionsynergy.net Its purpose: “Enhancing global spread of the Gospel in multiple languages via the Internet and mobile digital devices, by networking with practitioners to: * share resources and information * encourage Kingdom collaboration * help the body of Christ to embrace and engage in internet/mobile evangelism”