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Mission – New app to help Africa’s pastors

August 2018

African Pastors Fellowship (APF) has launched a mobile phone app in East Africa. The eVitabu app puts a mobile library of theological resources into the hands of rural pastors for the first time.

The app, which is installed on solar-powered Android devices, will help support pastors’ ministries, with large church networks across East Africa, potentially impacting the Christian journey of over half a million people.

It is estimated that more than three million churches in the developing world are led by people with little or no qualifications for that responsibility. In Africa, it is reckoned that as many as 90 per cent of pastors have never received even a single day’s training.

eVitabu, which means ‘books’ in Swahili, is a pioneering tool designed specifically to support the African church.

The eVitabu app includes: studies on personal, spiritual and pastoral growth; audio Bibles in local languages; theology courses from internationally renowned centres; video lectures by top Christian leaders; community development toolkits; and guides on family healthcare, leadership, advocacy, peace-building and sustainable agriculture.

It also enables African pastors to upload and share their own theological insights with their peers. Content has been provided by partner agencies, including Tearfund, Christian Aid, CPAS, Westminster Theology Centre, Lausanne Movement, A Rocha and many others.

The eVitabu app was developed by a small group of APF volunteers, who donated hundreds of man-hours to deliver this resource to impact the African church. (Find out more at www.africanpastors.org).