Allow me to introduce you to our Learning Technologies team here in Costa Rica.
MAF-Learning Technologies has been working in Costa Rica in some form or another since 2004. We became officially registered as an organizational entity in Costa Rica in 2009, and the current members of the team have been together for well over a year. We've partnered with over 30 organizations offering education and biblical training to both mainstream church leaders and peripheral leaders who are discipling people tucked away in some of the most remote parts of the country. Our team has supported projects in 16 different countries, mainly in the Spanish-speaking Americas.
How many times have we heard the line, “I’m the camera man,” in movies? If you were trying to get somewhere you weren’t supposed to be, slipping in among the camera crew seemed like a good idea. After all, it took four or five people following a journalist around to create good news, right? Camera operator, boom mic operator, lighting expert, and who knows what else. But, now, a revolution known as mobile journalism is rising up.
Lately I have been reflecting on how the work of LT has been shifting into new expressions. For the past 13 years LT has helped evangelical ministries that train and resource pastors and church leaders in least-access communities.
At first, the technologies available to us were mostly computers. Our impact, while significant, was limited to those pastors who owned a computer, or had access to one at their church or in an Internet café. Then some LT field staff began to take advantage of feature phones to deliver the Bible and Christian audio messages in various local languages.
Do you have something that you think would make a great mobile app? Would you like to digitize your printed materials for use on mobile devices? When converting your resource for use on smart phones or tablets, there are a few key factors to keep in mind:
You may be excited to find that MAF-Learning Technologies is using technology and distance education to serve God in missions. Isn’t it amazing how the Internet, mobile technology, and digital resources are opening up new opportunities for spreading the Gospel? But, here in LT, we’re not just about the latest, coolest gadget—we’re about the heart.
Dr. Rodolfo J. Girón, Rector of Ibero-American Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies (IIbET) worked with the MAF-Learning Technologies team Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to further explore how we might help them fulfill their vision of an international university in Málaga, Spain.
As with the technology tools that we at Learning Technologies develop, we are always looking for resources that are free and easy to use or access. Well, ChristianCourses.com is one of those places where you can get great theological courses for free. I just received an e-mail announcing their latest course. Check it out!
As a missionary in a far off land, have you ever wanted to translate evangelistic material, discipleship resources, or a good training guide into the language of the people you're trying to reach? Have you ever wondered if it's legal to do so if you or your organization did not create the resources? Do you know how to get permission to translate the resource?