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Plenary presentation at a missions conference which looks at how mobile ministry could enable every unreached person to connect with the Jesus, His good news and His people (the church) via their ...

Plenary presentation at a missions conference which looks at how mobile ministry could enable every unreached person to connect with the Jesus, His good news and His people (the church) via their mobile device. Reasons for hope as well as barriers to that happening are considered.

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  • http://www.internationalbulletin.org/system/files/2010-01-029-johnson.html <br />
  • Drink Coca Cola <br />
  • Smoke Cigarettes <br />
  • Talk on Cell phones. Could one of these three be a vehicle God has given us to use for the spread of His glory? <br />
  • http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Pages/stat/default.aspx <br />
  • Could it be that mobile technology could be one of the ways God intends to fulfill this promise? <br />
  • A wonderful 35 hour dramatized “mini-Bible” was developed for one outreach but was not able to be utilized after it was belatedly realized that the intended recipients did not have access to working audio players- whether tape or CD <br />
  • The nomads, whose lives were still very similar to Abraham’s of the Old Testament, were changing. One proof was that sometimes, rather than them riding their camels, their camels now rode in pickups. <br />
  • The nomads stopped setting up their tents where they could find water and started setting them up where they could find phone coverage. <br />
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uyc7c6nUtMM <br />
  • When we sent the materials we had been using in the Arab worldto Chad a local Quranic teacher got so excited about the videos that he started selling them from his kiosk store! <br />
  • While we had come to see that the nomads we were working with had begun setting up their tents where they could get phone reception rather than where they could find water, it was interesting to find that the same thing was happening halfway around the world in Mongolia as they set up their yurts where they could find cell phone reception. <br />
  • Mobile Advance is a “one man band” operation within WEC International. <br />
  • A small cog in a large “machine” <br />
  • First mobile phone is sold. <br />
  • Caveat that seven billion mobile phone subscriptions doesn’t mean seven billion mobile phone users- that number is closer to 4.3 billion and somewhere around 5.2 billion phones in use. <br />
  • http://www.businessinsider.com/vatican-square-2005-and-2013-2013-3 <br />
  • http://www.businessinsider.com/vatican-square-2005-and-2013-2013-3 <br />
  • Sources: <br /> http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2645115 <br /> http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/1980115 <br /> http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/1375313 <br /> http://www.isuppli.com/home-and-consumer-electronics/news/pages/pc-shipments-set-to-decline-in-2012-for-first-time-in-11-years.aspx <br /> http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/1519417 <br /> Tomi Ahonen Almanac 2013 <br /> https://www.abiresearch.com/press/big-brand-tablet-installed-base-to-surpass-285-mil <br />
  • http://openbiblestories.com <br />
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0Z4GtfHiX0 <br /> (view particularly from 40 seconds to 1:57 <br />
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6A8LqnUuzGU <br />
  • The $25 Firefox smartphone that was just announced. Potential game-changer BUT will they be able to produce it in massive quantities? Will they be able to distribute it across dozens of countries? <br />
  • Dumb phones and feature phones provide plenty of tools that the Church can take advantage of even without apps <br />
  • Don’t leave him behind! <br />
  • Kyrgyz herders in the mountains of Afghanistan. Their phone isn’t a phone to them. It’s a media player as there is no cell coverage, nor internet coverage where they are. Yet it is a cherished device for them for the media capabilities it brings with it. <br />
  • But what about all the wild and crazy plans to cover the earth with internet with satellites, balloons, solar powered planes, etc. that will transmit internet signal to the last and the least (efforts led by Google and Facebook)? I was told at this same conference in 2010 that the world would be covered with internet by the end of 2010 due to efforts like these- how’s that working out for you? I can tell you lots of places and peoples that still have no internet. <br />
  • http://www.ted.com/talks/clay_shirky_how_cellphones_twitter_facebook_can_make_history <br />
  • If her phone can get hacked, anyone’s can. <br />
  • The most common rationale for the need for copyright that I hear is that it is needed so ministries can recoup expenses/gain cash flow that will enable ongoing and future ministry. <br />
  • Does restricting God’s word from going out now to enable it to go out further later fit in with this verse? Are we not putting the cart of “all these things will be given to you as well” before the horse of “seek first his kingdom”? <br />
  • Copyright restrictions will be the most likely cause of the MMF’s 2020 vision not being realized. <br />
  • Please take this rewriting of the verse with a sense of humor but also as a reminder that our trust MUST always be in God Himself, not anything of this earth. <br />

Connecting with the Unreached via Mobile Ministry Presentation Transcript

  • 1. That We Would Be Like the Men of Issachar “men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do” 1 Chron. 12:31
  • 2. And people from every tongue, tribe and nation…
  • 3. 86% or more of these religionists [Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims] globally do not personally know a Christian.
  • 4. In 2013, the number of mobile- cellular subscriptions reaches 6.8 billion, corresponding to a global penetration of 96% International Telecommunications Union
  • 5. For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14
  • 6. Abu Mohammed
  • 7. Your Stories How have you seen mobile impacting the lives of your people? How have you seen God use mobile to bring glory to Himself?
  • 8. http:www.mobileadvance.org keith@mobileadvance.org @mobile_advance
  • 9. Equipping WEC International outreaches with mobile ministry training, media and tools
  • 10. Mobile Ministry Forum
  • 11. Mobile Ministry Forum
  • 12. The Vision That every unreached person have the chance to encounter Jesus and His kingdom in a compelling, contextualized fashion through their personal mobile device by the end of 2020.
  • 13. Yawn Yet another set-up for an epic fail… What’s different about this one?
  • 14. Hope for the Vision 1) Our potential media access to every people (ethne) of the earth is unparalleled in history.
  • 15. ? B.C.
  • 16. 2011
  • 17. March 6, 1984
  • 18. 2014
  • 19. 7 Billion
  • 20. 2005
  • 21. 2013
  • 22. Reasons for Hope 2) “Crowd-sourcing” Bible translation is a growing opportunity.
  • 23. Reasons for Hope 3) The mobile enables on-the-ground production of locally appropriate media.
  • 24. 2004 100 million cameras of any type were sold in the world
  • 25. 1.5 Billion phones with cameras were sold in 2012 alone!
  • 26. Reasons for Hope 4) Mobile has its own built-in distribution mechanisms that allow for “viral” transmission of media.
  • 27. Purdue University’s Experience in Nigeria
  • 28. Reasons for Hope 5) The missions world is networking and partnering together!
  • 29. Ekko (video) www.ekkomobile.com
  • 30. The Vision That every unreached person have the chance to encounter Jesus and His kingdom in a compelling, contextualized fashion through their personal mobile device by the end of 2020.
  • 31. Potential Barriers 1) Focusing on smartphones and smartphone apps to the exclusion of 70% of all phones in use today!
  • 32. The Mobile Ecosystem (current as of Q4 2013)
  • 33. “No phone left behind”
  • 34. Potential Barriers 2) Focusing on internet-based outreach and leaving behind those living “beyond the internet” 0 1 2 3 4 5 Internet (most optimistic) Mobile (low- estimate) Number of Users (in billions)
  • 35. Potential Barriers 2) Focusing on internet-based outreach and leaving behind those living “beyond the internet” 0 1 2 3 4 5 Internet (most optimistic) Mobile (low- estimate) Number of Users (in billions)
  • 36. Potential Barriers There are somewhere between 1.7 and 2.2 BILLION souls who have a mobile but are not accessing the internet! 0 1 2 3 4 5 Internet (most optimistic) Mobile (low- estimate) Number of Users (in billions)
  • 37. Potential Barriers 3) Media ministries remaining in a media producer, rather than media enabler, paradigm.
  • 38. Potential Barriers 4) Security issues that can prevent us from implementing mobile ministry and threaten those reached through it.
  • 39. Potential Barriers 5) Copyright restrictions that keep the Bible and other outreach media locked down so that it cannot: a) Be modified to work on phones, put into audio form, translated, etc. b) Flow freely from phone to phone
  • 40. But what about sustainability?
  • 41. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
  • 42. The most likely point of failure! 11:00 Hall 2 Biblical Media, Any Lanugage, No Restrictions, for Free (Tim Jore/Distant Shores Media)
  • 43. Moving Ahead
  • 44. http://www.mobileministryforum.org/mobile-ministry-made-easy
  • 45. www.mobileministryforum.org
  • 46. http://www.renewoutreach.com/mobile-ministry/
  • 47. https://cybermissions.org/moodle
  • 48. Take part in the mobile ministry conversation! Twitter Hashtag = #mobmin Posts (“Tweets”) are archived at http://mobmin.herokuapp.com/
  • 49. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7
  • 50. Some trust in mobile and some in the internet, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 2014