UK Christians Expanding to the 'Apps Generation'

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With the growing popularity of text messaging and cell phone applications, Christians across the United Kingdom are utilizing mobile technology to share their faith.

Many have launched Bible applications, Christian books, text prayers, and video clips.

British evangelist Steve Legg is one example. Legg developed a cell phone application for Sorted, the UK's first Christian magazine for men.

"It's just really exciting. Sorted is global anyway, but having the app means people all over the world can have access to the magazine immediately," Legg explained. "Our passion is to reach men with this wonderful message of the gospel. If this gives more access to guys, then happy days."

United Christian Broadcasters, which is based out of the UK, also recently launched the world's first Christian television channel for cell phones.

"We as Christians need to be where our potential audience is," UCB TV manager Neil Elliott said. "Whether it's the radio or television, we need to be there and the new marketplace of today is the mobile phone."

Glyn Jones, director of the Light Project evangelism team based in Chester, ran a successful "mob evangelism" campaign. Hundreds of Christians simultaneously received a text message to share their faith wherever they were at that moment.

"Some people were on the bus when they got the message on their phone [saying] 'God loves you, He misses you and wants you back.' And they turned around and chatted to someone on the bus," Jones recalled. "Some people were on the beach and they pinned up a sign of the message. Others texted and telephoned their friends."

With 3 billion mobile phone users around the world, UK Christian plan to continue to take advantage of the opportunity, without compromising the gospel message.

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