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JP Unreached and Joshua Project Languages

2 Sep

The world is a vast place, so it should come as no surprise that of the 16,650 distinct people groups recognized today, there are well over 7,000 that remain untouched by the good news of the Gospel.  These groups, representing 2.9 billion people and nearly 40% of the world’s population live their lives in isolation – both from others and from the message of God’s love.  While not every one of us is called to serve one of these groups in a missionary capacity, each of us can play a part in their future through the power of prayer.  And that’s where this week’s featured resources, the JP Unreached and the Joshua Project Languages mobile apps, can help.

Available to iOS, Android, and Google users, the JP Unreached app provides profiles for 366 of the most critical people groups.  These are the cultures which, if reached, have the greatest potential for carrying the Gospel message to the surrounding areas and are, therefore, of greatest concern.  Through this unique app, you’ll be provided with access to statistics on each group’s population, language and religion, as well as an introduction to their history and culture.  Each day’s entry contains information about obstacles that stand in the way of missionary efforts as well as prayer prompts to help you decide how best to intercede both for those who have yet to be reached and those who seek to reach them.  You can even set a “reminder” function, so you don’t forget your prayer commitment!

Looking for the stats on a language group not included in this app?  Then check out Joshua Project Languages!  Listed both by country and by language name, this comprehensive record links users to resources for tongues both living and dead – offering statistics, vocal recordings, and access to excellent evangelism materials ranging from the written word (including Bibles and gospel tracts) to audio-visual aides like the “Jesus Film”.  It’s a great app for anyone interested in world missions and comes highly recommended.

Pick up both apps today and you’ll be well on your way to both understanding the needs of the world’s unreached people groups… and making a difference in their lives!

 

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Prayer Wall

25 Feb

Christian community is invaluable and there is nothing like praying for others and knowing that they are praying for you.  That’s why the Prayer Wall has made it onto my list of favorite iPod apps.

Designed to facilitate a sense of global connectivity, Prayer Wall gives users the opportunity to share their needs with other believers throughout the world.  Open the app and you’ll find a wall filled with post-it-note requests.  Click to uncover the details and for the opportunity to commit to praying for each one.  Leave a message to show your support, then keep in touch as situations unfold.

Want to be a special support?  Look for the starred requests.  These have yet to receive a prayer commitment and you can bet that your willingness to pray will make a difference!

Want to share a request of your own?  Click the “+” symbol at the bottom of the page and you’ll be given the opportunity to do just that.  Check back as other Christians commit to pray for you and don’t forget to keep them informed about how God is answering their prayers!

The FREE version has a lot to offer, but if you want more, you can always pay the $1.99 upgrade fee.  The upgrade includes the ability to search the wall for specific requests (a feature that I find particularly useful, since it allows me to seek out others who are facing similar struggles) as well as the opportunity to further connect through an assigned user name.

If you’ve got the social bug and are ready to get on your knees, Prayer Wall is definitely the app for you!

The iPod Evangelist

18 Feb

Of all the tools I’ve used as an evangelist, my iPod is one of the best.  Small and portable, it gives me a great way to store a mass of information that otherwise might not be readily available.  Yet finding the apps that give me the greatest “bang for my buck” isn’t always easy.  Type the word “Bible” into iTunes and you’ll get a list of 4,449 unique apps – more than most of us have time to explore.

That’s why, over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting a few of my favorite apps for evangelism and spiritual growth.  I’ve taken the time to limit them to only those which can be acquired for less than $1.99 and which offer the most flexibility and ease of use.  These are, in my opinion, the best of the best and it’s my hope that you’ll agree!

Because one of the key elements in evangelism is prayer, this week, we’re featuring “Prayer Prompter – Christian Prayer Time Organizer” by Rick Austin.  I’ve tried a few dozen different prayer apps and this one (available as a FREE download) is by far the best!

The “God Speaks to Me” section offers a variety of devotional verses on topics ranging from faith and worship to anger and submission.  The lack of denominational slant allows believers to focus wholly on what God’s Word says, spurring them to live a more Christ-centered life.

When you’ve finished meditating on the Scripture, take a moment to explore the “I Speak to God” section.  Individual verses recommend ways to pray for yourself and for others while “file drawers” allow you to enter your own requests for everyone who touches your life.  Based upon the information you enter, the app will create randomized prayer lists.  After you’ve prayed for a topic, hit the “Prayed Today” button and move on to the next.  The app keeps track of how long you’ve spent praying each day, allowing you to see whether you’re taking the time to sincerely talk with God about each topic or simply flicking through the list.

Perhaps my favorite features of the app are the ones which aid in developing a regular prayer time.  Set the alarm and the app will give you a daily reminder to sit down and commune with God.  Download the “Dropbox” app and you can share your requests with multiple users – keeping each other accountable for time spent praising God and interceding for others.  It’s a great way for family members, church prayer chains, and Bible study groups to keep up with each other’s prayers and praises!

With all of that to offer, it’s not hard to see why this comprehensive prayer app is one of my favorites!

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