Useful Apps for Missionaries
With the fast-changing world we live in, the need is a growing need for missionaries to stay up to date on the most recent apps that can help facilitate and secure their communication with their home base, and with other missionaries who serve in restricted and hostile nations.
Below is a list of some useful apps that missionaries can utilize while serving overseas and in the US.
Jesus Film App
Featuring the Jesus film (based on Luke’s Gospel and originally distributed by Warner Bros.), the app includes over 200 videos (feature length, shorts, anime and mini-series) purposed for evangelism and discipleship in a multitude of languages. As of Jan. 2019 the Jesus film itself is available in over 1,700 languages, including some for the deaf!
The app boasts several robust features. It allows videos to be watched in their entirety or in brief clips, with low or high quality viewing, and the opportunity to show clips of Jesus’ ministry (in any of the languages), then immediately texting or emailing a link to the person for the entire film.
Kapwing is an online image, video, and GIF editing platform. This app helps in providing you with the tools you need to make your newsletter videos more engaging. Kapwing offers a free plan to help you explore the system and see how it can help you. With Kapwing you can add visual effects to your videos and create automatic subtitles. One of the unique features in Kapwing is that it has the functionality of automatically translating your subtitle to a long list of languages.
Logos Bible Software
For those that teach theology or preach on a regular basis, Logos Bible Software is a digital library application designed for electronic Bible study. In addition to basic eBook functionality, it includes extensive resource linking, note-taking functionality, and linguistic analysis for study of the Bible both in translation and in its original languages. It is developed by Faithlife Corporation.
SermonAudio is the largest online library for sermons in many different languages. This app gives you access to hundreds of thousands of sermons sorted by speakers, churches, and biblical text. One of the best features in SermonAudio is the ability to download the sermon to listen to it offline.
Telegram is a freeware, cross-platform, cloud-based instant messaging service. The service also provides end-to-end encrypted video calling, VoIP, file sharing and several other features. This app is one of the most secure messaging apps out there, and highly recommended by many missionaries worldwide.
DuckDuckGo is an internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers’ privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results. Although the app’s name might sound a little funny, it is one of the best tools you can use to protect your search privacy. DuckDuckGo does not track or store your browsing history and it keeps your searches private and out of data profiles, the government, and other legal requests.