How can Christians reach out to refugees through smartphones? This is a question that TWR has been trying to answer this year.
The TWR Refugee Media Ministry
Even within Europe, it can be difficult to minister to refugees, due to language/culture differences, complicated asylum procedures, and the sheer number of refugees. However, smartphones are indispensable for many of them. What if we can turn smartphones into a tool for showing Christ’s love to refugees?
TWR has developed its Refugee Media Ministry, which reaches out to them primarily through the “Refugee Bridge” smartphone app. Any refugee who has an Android smartphone can download this app and instantly access audio programs in Arabic, Farsi, and Dari. (TWR has recently secured the funds to develop an iOS version for iPhones as well.) Currently we offer ten audio programs and over 330 episodes. These programs have been selected for their use in addressing the trauma and other difficulties that refugees face in Europe, as well as speaking of the only true Hope—Jesus Christ. New episodes are added every week for many programs, so that refugees always have something new to look forward to on the app. We are also constantly looking for relevant content, and are even producing a tailored series for Arabic-speaking refugees!
How can you be involved?
We want this app to be a tool for ministries and individuals who are reaching out to refugees. If this could be useful to you, please feel free to download it and show it to refugees and those who work with them. Anyone anywhere with an Android smartphone can install it by searching “Refugee Bridge” in the app store. Alternatively, one can access www.refugeebridge.com and click on the banner to download the app. You can also contribute financially, by clicking on the “donate” button below. Please feel free to send us any questions and feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together, we can show Christ’s love to refugees, using the very smartphones that are in their pockets!