Monday we released Estante ™ and I’m amazed. This Android ™ app puts whole libraries--piles of books, images, videos, sound files and documents--right into my hand. It automatically organizes all my stuff so I can find what I want quickly. And then, I can read it. No downloading to big screens necessary. It displays perfectly on a smartphone or tablet.
So, let’s say I’m going to Kusutka (a Shuar village in the western Amazon jungle). I don’t have to fill the airplane with cases of books. I don’t have to worry about mold eating my pictures. I put a 12-ounce tablet in my pack and I’m good to go. Leaves more cargo room for important things like granola bars and coffee.
Later, sitting around to the evening fire, Pastor Miguel and I talk about his vision to deepen the spiritual life of his small congregation. I turn on my tablet to show him a book on prayer that really touched me.
He looks over the display and says, “That’s just what I need. How can I get a copy?”
“Is your phone nearby?,” I ask.
He stands, steps into his thatched roof, bamboo hut and returns a moment later, flicking on the display as he sits next to me. I installed Estante on it earlier, so now we do the transfer procedure and, in a few seconds, the book appears on his screen.
Carlos, sitting across from us, asks, “Do you have a recording of that Luis Palau message we were talking about?”
“Yes, I do.”
Carlos pulls out his phone, powers it up, then says, “Ok, I’m ready.”
I select the audio file he wants and send it wirelessly to his phone.
“Thanks, brother. I’ve been wanting to hear this for a long time.” He stands, fishes ear buds from his pocket and walks towards his home.
Mobile communication technology, powered by better solar charged batteries, continues expanding its reach into the remote corners of our planet. Now, Estante rides that wave, delivering God’s Word in ways never imagined even a few years ago.
Jay Clark, our Mobile Initiatives Manager says,
“Estante gives isolated pastors a simple way to carry the Bible and Bible study tools anywhere they go. For many, it will be the first time they’ll have easy access to the Word of God anytime they want.”
As more of us head to places like Kusutka, Estante gives us the tool we need to not only carry God's Word, but to share it more profusely than ever before.