Going to be taking it light this week in terms of new content. With ICCM-USA happening next week, I want to make sure that I’m spending the time needed to wrap up the presentation (iOS vs Android via Windows Phone vs HTML5) as well as just get some needed break from the content-generation side of things here.
That said, MMM won’t fall totally off the radar. Tweets and retweets will happen via Twitter (@mobileminmag) for the better part of the week, and if the days get heavy, we’ll be sure to just pull them together in a post here. For example, this would be the last three days of tweets:
A Sunday for working the outline/content for #iccm presentation; really hoping it fits #mobmin needs beyond the conf
Was sent this video a little bit ago from Chris White Ministries. We’ve talked some with them previously about their efforts towards distributing electronic Bibles to pastors in Kenya and India as the cost of doing so with paper Bibles stretched budgets and capacities thin. In this video, Chris talks about mobile ministry as he will be applying it on an upcoming ministry trip, including some good tips about paying attention to the types of devices those pastors will use, the type of training that would be able to be provided, a mobile content strategy using Phone Publish, and some distribution strategies ussing Bluetooth and WiFi.
The items talked about in this video are happening in several areas, but are most often being put into practice in developing nations. Within the Kiosk Evangelism Project we explored using items talked about here in both developed and emerging nations. We’ll have some more case studies from them to publish soon.
If you have questions on anything in this video, definitely put those in the comments here or directly to Chris White Ministries. Mobile Ministry is happening. This is the intersection and what one of the many responses to it can look like. How do you want to step into this?
Of the conversations that get engaged with around connecting with people about MMM, one of the areas is that of making Biblical content available to people in areas where a internet or broadband infrastructure is not as stable or prevalent. In these cases, its recommended to resort to the simple and addressable means of sharing content – by hand and audio.
A notable effort in this area has been with the Bihar Bible Stories project. With this project, the Bible has been translated into eight (8) indigenous languages (to the Indian region) and made available in two types of downloads: MP4 (cellular) and near-CD quality audio files. Now, because the infrastructure to these groups isn’t always suitable to downloading over a cellular or even laptop connection, what ends up happening is that persons who do get access to the files download the Bible(s) to their mobile device’s memory card, and then pass the memory card – or the mobile – to another person for them to copy the files, and then pass the Bible to one another.
We talked once before about making available a Bible you can hear, and this is one of many initiatives that are in play to make available the Scriptures and Christ-affirming content in areas where the environment doesn’t make it easy to share.
What are some other methods you’ve seen the Bible and biblical content being shared where there was no access to the Internet, or even traditional media streams such as TV and radio? Do you see other opportunities for mobile to lend a hand in sharing the faith or education in it?
Came across this at the Visual Story Network site the other day: Mobile Access to Bible Stories in 8 Languages for Northern India. Essentially, this is a publishing of Bible stories by the New India Evangelistic Association in a format made for those who’d like to read in non-English languages and on their mobile devices.
In India, there are over 1 billion people, with more than half of them using a mobile device. For many, the mobile is their only PC/radio/TV/media device, and therefore, many companies and initiatives work over SMS, MMS, WAP, and (lately) mobile web so that these people aren’t missed. These stories are sure to accrue a nice sized following.