THE DIGITAL ERA: Unleashing the gospel in closed countries
AZIZ’S STORY: “More than anything, I WANT OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT JESUS!”
Aziz* is a believer in a closed country in North Africa.
“More than anything, I want others to know about Jesus!” said Aziz. But sharing the gospel where he lives is dangerous. In this region of the world, those who mention the name of Jesus to the wrong person could find themselves arrested — or worse.
Yet, each morning, instead of parking outside his workplace, Aziz drives to a populated area downtown near the train station. He parks his car and turns on his hotspot — a portable device that provides a free internet connection via Wi-Fi. He then walks the few miles to work, leaving his hotspot to broadcast till the battery runs out.
Each evening after work, when Aziz returns to his car, he’s able to see that hundreds of people have accessed his hotspot while he was away — accessing Christ-centered books (both audio and digital), short videos, movies like the Jesus film and Undaunted — all in their heart language.
AHMED’S STORY: “The possibilities for evangelism are endless!”
Ahmed* is from the Middle East. Recently, he shared that digital resources like hotspots have created an unprecedented opportunity in his country.
According to Ahmed, “The possibilities for evangelism are endless!” Airplanes, hair salons, universities, markets. “One man shared how he puts one [a hotspot] in each corner of his home to reach his neighborhood. Another man said he turned it on and the whole train car was accessing it,” shared Ahmed. Sitting in Starbucks even provides ministry opportunities. “You can have your coffee and save souls at the same time,” said Ahmed.
Recently a man shared with Ahmed, “I am so very thankful for Josh McDowell Ministry and the generous funds that have been provided for us to reach so many more people than we ever thought possible.”
Technology opens doors for evangelism in closed countries
Today, more people own a cell phone or smart device than ever before. And as our world and the technology that connects us changes, so must the ways we reach out to people with the good news.
Digital tools — such as SD Cards, USB Flash Drives and Hotspots — help reach people living in places where missionaries cannot travel and where printed materials cannot safely be distributed.
THIS IS A HUGE OPPORTUNITY…AND IMPORTANT ONE
Digital resources are highly effective because they’re:
- Less expensive than printed materials
- Easily concealed, which makes them ideal for closed countries
- More far-reaching, since one digital resource can be downloaded hundreds of times, reaching thousands upon thousands of people
Give a generous gift now, and God will use your support to get digital resources like these into the hands of believers like Aziz and Ahmed who desperately need these low-risk, discreet, yet highly effective ways to share the truth about Jesus:
Secure Digital (SD) cards store data files for use in portable devices, such as cell phones, tablets, computers and cameras. SD cards are secure, durable and have a high-storage capacity, safely providing evangelistic resources (in multiple languages all on one card) for closed countries.
USB Flash Drives
A secure USB drive allows ministry partners and missionaries to safely share the gospel with men and women living in closed countries. Just one USB drive can hold up to 14 of Josh McDowell’s books and audiobooks, Undaunted on film, other video resources and even a Bible translated in the heart language of those receiving it.
Hotspots are portable devices that can be used in strategic locations (such as coffee shops, airports, hotels, university campuses or on public transit) to safely reach many people with the truth — 10, 20 or even 50 people at a time! The free Wi-Fi, available through the ministry-enabled hotspot, takes them to downloadable versions of Josh McDowell’s books, DVDs, CDs and even a Bible translated into their own language.
GIVE NOW TO PROVIDE DIGITAL TOOLS TO HELP SHARE THE GOSPEL WORLDWIDE
Thousands of people in the Middle East are opening their minds — and hearts — like never before to the gospel.
Will you help a man, woman or young person living in a closed country to discover the truth about Jesus?
This is a huge opportunity to partner with the worldwide body of Christ to help share the truth of God’s Word.
Right now, you can help provide much-needed digital tools LOADED with resources like:
- The Deity of Christ
- More Than a Carpenter
- How to Be a Hero to Your Kids
- The Witness
- The Secret of Loving
- See Yourself as God Sees You
- Evidence That Demands a Verdict, and more
- Even an Arabic Bible!
$12.33 will provide one SD Card
$11.12 will provide one USB Flash Drive
$244.50 will provide one Hotspot
From an evangelist in the Middle East
“This is amazing and beyond our dreams to have a ministry tool like this, and I am so excited that I can reach so many more people because of this [hotspot].”
“When we work with youth, we want to reach them — if you give them a hard copy of a book — it doesn’t work well because they are so attached to their devices. The best way to contact them is through their device.”
JOSH MCDOWELL IS A NAME YOU CAN TRUST
A trailblazer for truth and relationships, Josh McDowell has been at the forefront of cultural trends and groundbreaking ministry for over five decades. Since 1961, Josh has delivered more than 27,000 talks to over 25 million people in 125 countries.
Josh shares the essentials of the Christian faith in everyday language so that youth, families, churches, leaders and individuals of all ages can discover what they believe and how to live out their faith in an ever-changing culture.
We believe your generosity is a sacred trust. And we’re dedicated to being faithful stewards while serving and equipping the body of Christ in raising generations of purpose-driven Christians worldwide who know what they believe, why it is true, and how to live it out.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT JOSH MCDOWELL RESOURCES
Josh McDowell is the author or coauthor of 140 books available in over 100 different languages, including More Than a Carpenter and New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, recognized by World magazine as “one of the top 40 books of the twentieth century.”
“These are books that have shaped evangelicalism as we see it today — not an evangelicalism we wish and hope for. Books that have been published since World War II — not every book in the history of Christianity. Books that over the last 50 years have altered the way American evangelicals pray, gather, talk, and reach out — not books that merely entertained.”
*Names and photos may have been changed to protect identities.