The opening page of the new Czech mobile app welcomes users in English and Czech.
Using Technology to Share the Gospel
Shortly after I arrived in Prague a year ago, I noticed that many Czechs stay connected to their mobile devices as they commute on buses and subways, walk, or stand in line at the grocery store. Even when I try to make eye contact and offer a friendly, “Dobrý den,” I get a lukewarm reaction.
So, how do you develop relationships and share the Gospel when people are so disconnected? I am excited to report that we are now boldly pilot testing a mobile app to share the Gospel in a country where 80% identify as atheists.
The interactive app asks the user in Czech or English (screenshot above) how they feel today, then connects them with Scripture that correlates to those emotions and needs. From there, and from a menu, users can request a free Bible, sign up for daily Scripture or prayer sent to their mobile device, find information about our local church, or email the pastor.
Business cards with the QR code and “Něco pro dnešek…” (something for today) will be distributed in various Prague locations. Users can share the app with friends once they access it. The pilot test will run through October 2019, when we will evaluate the impact and decide how to proceed.
I have no idea how trying to connect with the Czechs through their mobile devices will turn out, or how the Holy Spirit will touch the people that try the app. But, in a country where most of the churches are empty, we have to try something.
I also believe in the power of God’s Word to transform lives. In a land that has experienced unimaginable loss and betrayal over the past century, it’s time to offer the peace and freedom that can only be found through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And, as Christ calls us, we just have to share the Gospel.
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This month we remember God’s promises:
He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
I Thessalonians 5:24 (ESV)
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