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A global discipleship and evangelism tool used to empower disciple-makers in developing countries


The Problem:

On our last trip to Uganda, it hit us that very few church-goers have Bibles.  This fact goes well beyond this particular location, and is a reality across most developing countries.  The cost of a Bible ranges from $10 to $15.  For someone making less than $2 per day, the cost of acquiring the Scriptures is only a dream.

Likewise, many of the pastors often struggle to find the means to acquire theological materials to advance their understanding of the Scriptures.  This leads to an unfortunate trend of passed down knowledge without the ability to discern what is truth and what is not.

However, these men and women are hungry to consume God’s Word and to go deep in their understanding.  They plead for printed materials, for theological training, and for tools to be effective in evangelistic outreach. 

This leads us to ask ourselves, “How do we get these materials to those who want and need it most?”

Pastor Training. Bwera, Uganda

Pastor Training. Bwera, Uganda


The Solution:

There is one thing that we have noticed on all our trips to various countries.  Everyone has a cell phone.  When we provide electrical generation to these church leaders, one of the things they are most excited about is the ability to charge their cell phone.  Who knew the information world has reached so far?

Statistics say that:

  • 90% of the world’s population now lives within a mobile reception area.
  • There are about 4 billion mobile phone users, many are in the non-western Majority World, often in the 10/40 window.
  • There are more mobile phones in Africa than in the United States of America.
  • There are more mobile phones than toilets in Sub Saharan Africa
  • Mobile devices are transforming communication and development in the non-Western word.
  • Mobile devices are logically the greatest resource for the spread of discipleship and evangelism in developing worlds.

The use of mobile phones in developing countries not only include phone-calls, but can also include:

  •  Email
  •  Internet
  •  MP3 / Video Players
  • Book Readers
  • GPS
  • Still Picture and Video Cameras
  • Word Processing
  • Day Planner
  • And more…
Cell Phone Charging in Bwera, Uganda.

Cell Phone Charging in Bwera, Uganda.


{CO}MISSION

We are in the process of developing an online discipleship and evangelism training program that will be transmitted through smartphones. 

These smartphones will be preloaded with:

  • The Bible,
  • The Jesus Film,
  • Theological ebooks,
  • Songs,
  •  Videos,
  • And other discipleship and evangelism tools

These along with additional downloadable items will be available to equip disciple-makers and church-goers for a deeper understanding of the Gospel. 

There is an additional resource for dialogue with {CO}MISSION trained pastors in the United States for accountability and discipleship through distance learning.