I’m not sure why, but I get a kick out of seeing my mom read a “book” on her cell phone. She loves to read and well, it’s just so modern.
A lot of people just can’t do it. I understand that. There is something warm and special about holding an actual book compared to reading on one of our amazing super-computer-smart-phones we walk around with in our pockets.
Most of us don’t remember the first smartphone released back in 1994. It was the “Simon Personal Communicator” created by IBM. It sold for $1,100 back then and in six months, over 50,000 were sold. It wasn’t until 2000 that smartphones were able to connect to the internet on 3G networks. We’ve come a long way in a short amount of time and most experts claim smartphone technology is still in its infancy.
It was a very difficult decision years ago when we determined to primarily focus on delivering our Bible courses and resources electronically. It seemed almost absurd to think pastors and leaders would be able to study and read books on a smartphone… as well as have one!
Today, over 70 percent of every LOGOI book, course, or article is read via a smartphone.
Analía Borracci Agostini in Argentina, for example, loves LOGOI’s accessibility. “I am so grateful for LOGOI’s Biblical Counseling courses,” she told us, “and I am able to access you anywhere I go. Most of our counseling is trying to help couples with many marriage problems because they ignore the Scriptures and power of God. What a blessing it is to have LOGOI Bible resources at my fingertips as I try to convey what I am learning to help people live victorious lives with the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ.”
Juan Diego Franco in Manizales, Colombia is another who is grateful for the ease of connecting to LOGOI through his smartphone. He is studying to be a pastor and loves studying and teaching God’s Word. “LOGOI’s Bible resources are a great blessing and help,” he says. “I have studied Knowing Scripture by Dr. R.C. Sproul and Teaching to Change Lives by Dr. Howard Hendricks. I believe academic training is an integral part of an effective evangelistic ministry and I am very grateful and blessed to study with the renowned LOGOI ministry here in Latin America.”
These stories and sentiments are shared by thousands upon thousands of pastors and national missionaries throughout the Spanish-speaking world. It is an amazing new technological world that brought us such a long way from our printing and physical distribution days.
Just in case you were wondering about good ol’ fashioned books and courses made out of real paper and ink, we’re happy to let you know they are still available. LOGOI continues to work with Christian distributors who are in the business of printing and distributing “real” books. We also offer virtually every Bible course and book in our arsenal via terrific “print-on-demand” publishing.
Chances are that even right now, you are reading this letter on your smartphone. If so, we hope you are excited and encouraged as you consider how 71 percent of 30,000+ of your LOGOI brothers and sisters in Latin America are accessing our Bible resources and courses. How easy!
Thank you for being a part of our technologically savvy and ever-growing LOGOI family. God is using your prayers and financial partnership to reach and impact lives we never thought possible — or reachable. And… with the help of this great technology we enjoy, $5 still provides one national missionary a full month of free Bible resources.
Smartphones are extra.
P.S. If you wish to help Spanish-speaking pastors and leaders to proclaim the Gospel joyfully and boldly, please click here or on any of the images in this post.