Missionary to Germany
Need: Funds to preach live via Skype in Pakistan
Implementing technology for the gospel
On Friday afternoon (local time in Germany), I was invited to preach live via Skype in Pakistan. I preached from Philippians 2:1-8 to a crowd of between 120-130 mainly rural poor people near Lahore, Pakistan. At the conclusion of the sermon, seven people responded to the invitation, repented and placed their trust in Jesus for forgiveness and salvation!
This is an overview to explore the potential of reaching beyond your own walls with technology that you most likely have on hand. Using some form of live conference software, we can at no cost to us, stream and intercommunicate with any location that has suitable WLAN or data access.
This is my current configuration – initially it was a table top tripod on my kitchen table, but my wife wanted her kitchen back …
- Simple collapsible light stand
- 30×30 White light panel, (also angle bracket to attach to light stand)
- Manfrotto Magic Arm to attach camera gear
- Cellphone holder
- Cable adapter (iphones have a multi ring TRRS plugin, plus I needed a separate ear-plug connector alongside a microphone connector)
- External microphone (Rode Videomicro)
- Total: $158.00
The free version of Skype.
Cost of call:
I did submit a manuscript of the sermon in advance, in order to assure a better translation. In the meantime, my contact states the live nature of the sermon holds their attention better than a recorded sermon would bring.
Invested in Pakistan:
Laptop bought locally.
Projector bought locally. These could have been rented, but five uses and it would be paid in full. Our German church bought them as a missions investment.
Total spent: $550.00
I continue to meet with our missionary in Lithuania for coaching via skype. Additionally, I meet with the Pakistani national weekly for theological and leadership training.
Live conference – two way audio/video – translation delay essential for live sermon/teaching
Cell phone carrier delivery: Even the poorest places have wide cell phone saturation
Internet upload speeds: To stream the upload signal the DSL solution will be easiest, most economical solution for upstreaming
A YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Vimeo Live, similar live feed solution would presently not work, in that no two-way communication is possible.
Note: While I could implement a laptop, I do not own one, so the cell is the least expensive way to get started.
Additional items I could use to enhance the ability to leverage this opportunity:
I have already purchased the equipment that allows me to get running. Additional equipment would be for enhancing the video/audio experience.
Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones – Euro 57
Background for uniform appearance: Euro 20 for hardware, Euro 80 for background.
Total: roughly $180.00
Keith Gandy – Germany
Keith, originally from the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, has been planting a church in Aschaffenburg, Germany for over thirty years. Daughter churches have also been started and missionaries have been sent out of the congregation. Annually, he participates in encouraging other European church-planters and frequently travels to visit them in their respective field of service.