In 1985, Dr. Bill Bright, founder of our ministry, had a vision to bring 30,000 students from all over the world to one place for an intensive evangelism training week to help fulfill the Great Commission. It became Explo 85. Bailey Marks, pictured with me, was assigned to bring the 30,000 students to the US for this mega training. The logistics, visa process, and airtransportation with a budget of $60 Million was an overwhelming task.
The late Dr. Bill Bright and Bailey Marks and their team took the challenge to the Lord in prayer. While praying, Bailey Marks heard the word ‘Satellite’ which he had no clue at that time what it meant. He investigated and it took him a while to get the right person who knew how satellites worked. There was no Internet to Google and get instant results at that time. 🙂
The voice Bailey Marks heard from the Lord changed the outcome of the Explo 85 campaign. God changed the plan of bringing 30,000 students to one place, into more than 300,000 participants in 98 locations world wide (with a $ 6 Million total budget) by using Satellite technology. God is Amazing! Watch this 3 minutes story below from Egypt about Explo 85!
Today God is still using technology and countless digital platforms and Internet services for His glory. Just in 2015, we saw a total of 35.5 million users interacting with our 7 different digital platforms we have in Cru.
As in Bailey Marks’ story from the past, God is also doing amazing things here in Addis Ababa with mobile technologies. My team has been working on two different Android mobile applications since the “Code for the Kingdom Indigitous” event we had in October 2015. Last week we launched HASCOM and Deep Life Apps on Play store. These two apps are very crucial in changing lives for Jesus in our region.
HASCOM (HabeshaStudent.com) App is web based and targets students with
access to call or write emails after reading articles about God and Life in Amharic. The Deep Life app is a contact management app which aims to help our staff and volunteers have easy access to their disciples database and track their progress of multiplication as they win soul for Christ, disciple them in God’s word and send them out to share their faith in their communities.
Miheret T. Eshete