A young Chadian soldier, in traditional dress and designer sunglasses, rides off on his camel. His rifle hangs casually over his shoulder, and in his hand is a mobile phone. He just spoke with a WEC worker who has blue-toothed him a copy of the “Jesus” film—something new to show his friends.
Burak is a young Turk who was searching for Jesus on the Internet. He first found kutsalkitap.org on Facebook and went on to connect with believers via several related sites. After receiving a Bible and other materials, he was eager to meet up with a Christian. Burak came to a party hosted by the website and was then connected to a local church which he has attended ever since.
Around the world many such digitally connected young men and women are coming in contact with the gospel. In the last fifteen years digital media has transformed our world. In Africa, approximately 70 percent of the population are now mobile phone users. India will add 175 million new mobile subscribers over the next three years. Facebook now has 1.55 billion monthly users making it larger in “population” than any other nation.
These days mobile phones are often the equivalent of a computer, radio, camera, flashlight, CD and DVD player in one. Missionaries globally use the Internet, email, television and radio, Scripture recordings, DVDs and films to communicate Bible truths and stories of transformed lives to areas with little or no access to the gospel.
New workers are needed to bring their IT skills to this fast-growing ministry. Others are needed to develop fresh and relevant Web content. Still other workers are in demand for follow-up. The possibilities are exciting!
One of those exciting possibilities is reaching refugees! Keith Williams, Director of WEC ministry Mobile Advance says, “With literally thousands of new refugees flooding into Europe every single day and countries like Germany expecting to grant asylum to 800,000 refugees within the next year, the Church needs to step up—both to show the love of God through acts of practical service as well as to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. I believe that this refugee crisis is a move of our sovereign Lord’s hand to bring many from the 10th largest unengaged/unreached people group in the world into contact with His Church in Europe. Mobile ministry can enable believers in Europe who don’t speak Arabic to share the gospel in the midst of personal interactions with refugees. It also provides a way to give a copy of the Good News on the one device that the refugees have and are using to guide them in their journey. Mobile Advance is working to provide Gospel materials to these refugees by partnering with several ministries in the Middle East and Europe, but our abilities are limited and the need is overwhelming.”
To learn how you can pull your cell phone out of your pocket and use it for the glory of God across the globe or across your street, check out more information at Mobile Advance.
Photo credits: Kenyan girl cell Flickr DEMOSH; Muslim lady cell Istanbul Flickr FaceMePLS