The Gospel Box (hereafter referred to as GBs) are so cool. I love playing with them and thinking about the potential that each and every one possesses. For those of you who don’t already know about the GB project that iMissionaries is working on, here is an explanation of what it is and what it does:
A new way to spread the Gospel!
Our world is changing drastically. Long standing cultural norms are shifting rapidly and “the way things used to be” is no more. Part of this world-wide shift is due to a small device that most everyone carries around in their pocket —the cell phone. It’s a two-edged sword that has helped many people (think dialing 911 when your grandpa is having a heart attack) but also hurt and wrecked thousands no, millions of lives (think of an adolescent in a dark corner of the bedroom viewing porn or sexting someone).
Most all of these devices have one thing in common: they can connect to WiFi and surf the web.
Here in the U.S. we think nothing of hopping on the WiFi at Starbucks and surfing the web but in 3rd world countries it’s not that easy. In Guatemala for example, many people own a WiFi capable smartphone, but there is no place for them to connect. Here we have a problem—a bottleneck. And GBs are the solution! Just not the solution they’re looking for. 🙂
A Gospel Box is simply a small router that has been programmed to stream a website full of Gospel content over WiFi. Users in the area who are searching for a WiFi signal will see one pop up called “Gospel Box -Discover God!” And of course, because there are no other available connections (remember we are in a 3rd world country where WiFi is scarce) they will connect to it out of curiosity. Users won’t be able to actually get on the internet through GBs, the only thing they can do is surf the website that is served to them from the GB itself (if this sounds complicated, just know that it’s a lot easier to explain/experience in real life).
The website on the GB features downloadable content such as Good & Evil, Chick Tracts, the Are You A Good Person video, Pilgrims Progress dramatized audio, a complete audio Bible, sermons, videos, books, and much more. Basically, if a person is seeking God or has an open heart for the things of the Lord, then a GB gives them everything they need to learn more about the Truth!
Back to the GBs update…I’ve just about got all the kinks worked out (there is still one left that I am trying to solve). For the most part it is ready to be field tested. I have programmed a bunch of different routers as you can see in the picture below. Two of these have been sent to someone who will be taking them to a Chinese speaking community in Peru where they will be “field tested.” Pray that these GBs will be effective and that God blesses our efforts. One of them has English content and one of them has content in Chinese. Right now we only have these 2 languages, in the future I hope to roll out more languages once the software platform is finalized.
- (2) WR842NDs (the big ones with 2 antennas)
These are designed for a “stationary” installation where there will be lots of connections. They are beefy and have fast(er) processors then the other ones and can handle more users simultaneously.
- (1) MR3020
Grey-faced one on the left of picture. This is the standard “hockey-puck” routers that a lot of people reprogram.
- (1) WR703N
This is the little blue faced one in front. It’s small and doesn’t consume much power —great for mobile applications.
- (1) MW151RM3G 150M Mini 3G Router
Basically just a WR703N clone in a white case.
- (1) Acrylic case WR703N
Same as the other one, just packaged in a clear Acrylic case.
- (1) GL-iNet Router (has clear acrylic case)
An upgrade of the WR703N this one has more memory and is faster. I will probably be going with this one for future developments.