Mobile%20Pic %20Africa%203The first quote comes from a Tech Crunch piece called It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Apps World:

I look beyond the rich world and I see five and a half billion people only a few years away from their first smartphone, which in most cases will also be their first computer, and their first Internet device. Those three revolutions will hit the developing world all at once—and the repercussions will be epic.

Epic is probably a serious understatement!

The second quote comes from Bridging the Digital Divide: Why Mobiles, Markets and Moore’s Law Matter and, although the rest of the article is a good read, I love this final quote:

Not to be hyperbolic, but the impact of having billions of people with phones faster than early supercomputers constantly connected to a global communications network at rates capable of transmitting streaming video is going to be fairly substantial

Yes, fairly substantial indeed!  2011 is going to be a big year in which we will see huge swaths of the emerging world and the unreached peoples of that world connecting with the rest of the world for the first time by way of new "connected" mobile phones.  The question is, will the church be ready to greet them?  Will the church find a way to manage and leverage the mobile revolution in a way that lifts Jesus high for all to see?  Pray that it does! 

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