Embracing mobile technology to bring God’s Word closer to people

Mobile phones have had a major impact on our lives and the way that we perform everyday tasks and have brought a whole new meaning to the term multitasking. About twenty years ago, it was almost impossible to send money to someone who was miles away or to make a phone call at the click of a button. One would have to go to a telephone booth, insert some coins then make a call to a waiting person on the other side of the booth. Mobile phones have indeed revolutionized not only communication but many aspects of day to day lives.

Simply dial *288# to buy a Bible in installments

With mobile phones families can keep in touch close to every minute. Even when we travel to other countries for work or leisure we can still connect with our families. Organizations have not been left behind in taking advantage of the recent development in telecommunication and have embraced technology to publicize their brands, make sales, interact with their customers and make a positive impact in people’s lives.

Out of the 53 languages in Kenya, Bible Society of Kenya has translated the Bible in 21 language groups but there are individuals that are yet to own a Bible due to low levels of income. Since our desire as Bible Society of Kenya is to have the word of God availed in every hand, we developed a USSD platform to allow the low income earners to purchase the Bible in instalments and at their own pace. An individual with a simple phone with basic features can access this service. The USSD platform also contains other features including; donations and membership subscription.

Introduction of this platform will increase the local language Bible ownership among Kenyans. Over the years, Bible Society of Kenya has received many requests for a solution to help low income earners to be able to purchase Bibles for individuals and families.

The Bible is a big book with the average Bible having about 1,800 pages and at Ksh 870, it’s the cheapest book of its size in the market yet most low income earners can’t afford. Most of the low income earners live in rural areas, have access to digital Bibles, prefer reading local languages, and print to digital. This target market also face the challenge of having to travel sometimes 30 to 50 Kilometers to find well-stocked bookshops. This is because bookshops tend to be located in larger urban areas.

Our ultimate goal is to avail the Word of God to all people irrespective of their economic status. We desire to see transformed lives and a society that is morally upright. This platform is easy to use and we recommend it to everyone who desires to own their own Bible or to buy a gift for a friend or loved one.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)

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