Desperate to stand out, competing against other college students for a job, he prepared his presentation. All of the sudden his laptop crashed and all his files became unrecoverable. Kabir lost everything. His situation went from hopeful to hopeless. His job prospects vanished. He descended down a spiral of thought — “there is no point in living” — and he contemplated suicide.
Somehow in God’s divine timing, Aarav, a Christian, was participating at a Digital Day of Outreach held in a remote area (a predominately Hindu and Muslim part of South Asia). Aarav was nervous, but full of faith. With terrible Internet connectivity, the group had rented a temporary broadband connection, trusting God to give them a window of bandwidth to spread the Gospel digitally to friends. “Lord, who would you have me send this video to?” Aarav prayed.
Aarav sent Kabir the evangelistic video Falling Plates. Kabir watched the video, particularly struck by one of the scenes that showed a laptop battery drain to 0%. This deeply connected with him in his moment of need. Soon the scene changed and the battery charge started increasing. He made the connection that Jesus could be the hope in his life.
Aarav continued the conversation. He then used the God Tools app to send a short presentation of the Gospel to Kabir so he could learn what it would mean to know and follow Jesus. After much back and forth over a messaging app, Kabir replied, “I prayed to receive Christ!” Kabir is now involved in a Bible study with Aarav and is growing in the Lord. (He also found a better job.)
Kabir and Aarav’s story shows just one example of how the Gospel can be shared in the hardest to reach places through digital strategies such as films like Falling Plates, events like a Digital Day of Outreach, and apps such as God Tools. Stories like these make me excited about the future of ministry.