Sharing sermons with people without internet access
A message from Tom Baker, Emmanuel Gabalfa
As a church we are using Twilio, a tech company which allows users to send and receive phone calls, to share our sermons with church members without access to the internet.
We're thoroughly indebted and thankful to this webpage written by Paul Freeman-Powell (https://www.switchedonnetwork.com/2020/03/18/coronavirus-create-a-phone-number-which-plays-podcasts-or-sermon-recordings-over-the-phone/) which gave such clear instructions for how to set this service up. Though it doesn't require a computer expert to set this up, it does take some basic IT skills. What Twilio is allowing you to do is basically line rental. Their service is used by many secular organisations but what we’re doing is ensuring that those who are unable to confidently use the internet and livestream have an alternative means of listening to God’s word being preached. It’s very cost effective and low maintenance. Members simply dial the number, wait for around 30 seconds, and then the most recent sermon from your website will play.
If however some churches were not able for whatever reason to set this up, but had members who would benefit from it, they would be more than welcome to use our landline and listen in to our material for the time being. If so, contact Tom Baker on firstname.lastname@example.org.