A Critical Skill on the Mission Field is App-building

Image courtesy of Wycliffe USA.

Technology in the workplace is an undisputable need. What about on the mission field?

Wycliffe USA’s Aaron Hemphill says some technology, like smartphones, can make the Gospel more accessible. “Someone can engage [with God’s Word] by listening to Scripture, or they can watch the JESUS Film,” he describes as examples.

Aaron and his family moved to Mexico 10 years ago to support Bible translation teams. “We’re working with four different varieties of the Me’phaa language, and we support school systems with literacy projects,” Hemphill says.

About five years ago, Aaron combined his love for linguistics with a favorite hobby. “I love making apps,” Hemphill says.

“This began as a little side thing, and slowly, it’s become the main thing I do.”

Smartphone use became globally widespread in about 2018, Pew Research reports. During visits to the rural Me’phaa villages, “I started seeing some teenagers have smartphones, some of the adults used smartphones; when I saw that, I thought, ‘wow, there are a lot of possibilities here,’” Hemphill says.

“I thought, ‘we can use smartphones to gamify literacy!’”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


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