Portio Research estimates that at the end of 2012, about 17% of the 1.2 billion people worldwide who owned mobile phones were using Apps. A big number, but one forecasted to grow by 29.8 % each year. That equates to 4.4 billion App users by the end of 2017, about half of whom will live in Asia. The App world has experienced an explosion that will send shock waves far into the future!
The exciting thing is that millions who live in Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist regions of the world are downloading Apps. Many are not in close proximity to Christians and are looking to answer spiritual questions like:
Does God value me, a Muslim woman?
Does God have a plan for me as a member of the low caste system in India?
Having culturally relevant answers available in one’s heart language, accessible by a free mobile App, may just be what the Holy Spirit uses to foster relationships between disciples and seekers. This is why GNPI continues to explore mobile Apps as a delivery platform.
Almost 3 billion people live in the worlds of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Each one of them deserves to hear the Good News that Jesus saves!