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A detailed comparison of the ConnectBox, LightStream Pocket, MicroPi and BibleBox Pi
Author: Martin Lange (2020)

How do you get digital resources into the hands of people who aren’t connected to the Internet? How do you distribute apps, videos, audio, documents, and images to people who can’t afford the data it would take to download those materials? What if those people live in remote areas where they don’t have access to a cellular network?

The key to distributing digital content is a Wi-Fi connection that acts like the Internet but isn’t. These units, generically referred to as “Wi-Fi Media Boxes,” show up on a user’s device as a Wi-Fi network. Yet the content offered is only what the owner of the unit loads into the memory of the Wi-Fi Media Box. Users cannot connect to the Internet through them.

Several options are currently available: the ConnectBox, the LightStream Pocket, the MicroPi and the BibleBox Pi. Each costs less than $100 US dollars, and has its advantages and disadvantages.

This paper is a review of each unit and a detailed comparison of the features each one offers compared to the others. The purpose is to help readers learn more about each unit so they can choose the one that best meets their particular needs.  [more...]

Online and Off-Course
Published by: OneHope (2020)

"Unfortunately, it seems that instead of turning to sources of actual truth found in God’s Word, pastors, and the Church, our youth are doing Google and YouTube searches to find the answers for who they are and what is their purpose. Their confusion is not new. In fact, I think today’s teens closely resemble doubting Thomas in John 14:5-6, when he asks a big life question, 'How do we know the way?'"

Global Youth Culture is a OneHope research study covering the trends and behaviors of today’s teenagers, the most connected generation. With these findings, we can recognize similarities between young people from different regions of the world. Do teenagers in Africa have similar views on identity as those in Asia? Are religious practices of the next generation in Eurasia and North America trending the same? Global Youth Culture provides a clear picture of these issues and additional diverse topics.

More than 8,300 teens from 20 countries completed an online survey for the Global Youth Culture project.

The report is available as a free download from the following link.  [more...]

Author: Beth Clark (2020)

In this paper, written during a Scripture Engagement course at Dallas International University, Beth Clark examines the micropublishing of Bible translations: looking at both the theoretical basis and practical applications.

 

From the conclusion:

"Planning to micropublish throughout a Bible translation project can have many positive benefits toward Scripture Engagement in the language community. It allows for the possibility of matching the translation style of specific passages of Scripture to their end use and format. It allows for the production of Scripture products in many different forms (stories, songs, literacy materials, etc.), to meet different needs in the community. It allows teams the opportunity to produce Scripture materials selected to meet current felt needs. In these ways, micropublishing can accelerate impact as Scripture portions are available sooner in the process. This may be particularly useful in difficult access contexts.

Micropublishing allows resources for reaching the last monolinguals of a community experiencing language shift. It also may provide resources for multilinguals with multiple heart languages, particularly in communities with common use of translanguaging. Finally, if thoughtfully planned, micropublishing provides the opportunity to engage the community and ministry partners from the beginning, and throughout, a translation project. This gives these vital partners a key role in the decision-making process and the ability to provide feedback to the translation team that can effectively guide further translation work and future decisions about content and format.

All in all, micropublishing can be a valuable tool in making sure that Bible translation resources are used wisely, and that produced Scripture is used to its fullest potential in the receptor communities."

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