Mobile%20Pic %20Africa%204This week I am heading to Africa to meet with dozens of WEC International field workers gathered from throughout that continent and I will be seeking to encourage and equip them to take up the amazing mobile opportunity that lies before them there. 

I'll be sharing about mobile ministry in general as well as mobile media ministry in specific.  One of the key points will be that Africa isn't just "mobile first", it is "mobile only".  Additionally, I'll be pointing out how the world has gone from a total of only 100 million phones present less than a decade ago to having 1.5 billion camera phones sold in 2012 alone!  What a revolution in the Church's ability to produce powerful, contextually appropriate media at a grass roots level.

While this blog post can't share everything I am presenting I do want to give you a peek at the equipment I'll be leaving behind with some of the teams to enable them to implement new mobile media ministries.  One kit is an audio/video production set-up that will enable a local team to produce new culturally appropriate media.  The second kit is a tablet ministry set-up that will enable teams to pilot-test tablet media ministry in their locations.


Check out the choices and feel free to comment with any additions or alternates you would choose (cost, ease of adoption and transportability were three of the largest issues in making these choices)


Audio/Video Production Kit

Video Kit


Hardware ($360)

1.  Zoom H1 Audio Recorder ($98 when purchased with accessory package, $88 if purchased alone)

2.  Iogear SD/MicroSD/MMC Card Reader/Writer ($5, allows transfer of audio between microSD memory card and computer) 

3.  WindTech MM-52 Mic-Muff for Zoom H1 ($25, used to reduce wind noise when recording outdoors) 

4.  Zoom H1 Case from Zoom APH1 Accessory Kit ($0 with #1 but $20 on its own) 

5.  Vivitar Steady Pod VT4 ($7, eases handheld use of audio recorder and is good as a tabletop tripod) 

6.  Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone ($17, allows for better audio from subject/actor) 

7.  Panasonic Lumix SZ7 Camera ($120, the best camera is the one you have with you and this one is very pocketable, doesn't draw attention to itself, has 10x zoom, and actually produces good quality video- especially for the price) 

8.  Transcend 16GB Class 10 SD Memory Card ($12, make sure to purchase a class 6 or above, class 10 being preferable, card to ensure no lag in shooting video.  Two 16GB cards would probably be better) 

9.  Case Logic  TBC-302 Compact Camera Case ($7, fits camera and spare battery and memory card nicely- not much padding) 

10. Joby Gorillapod Video Tripod ($19, awesome way of stabilizing and positioning camera, very portable.  I do worry sometimes, though, about the potential of the high-powered magnets on its feet messing up media or electronics they get too close to) 

11. Panasonic RP-HTF600-S Stereo Headphones ($30, nobody likes to get home and find out the stuff they thought they were recording either wasn't recorded or had a bunch of noises like the sound of the microphone being bumped, papers shuffling, things making sounds on clothing, etc. that make the recording unusable.  Monitor the audio with headphones while you are recording!) 

12. ***Not Pictured*** Wasabi Power Battery and Charger Kit for Panasonic DMW-BCK7 ($20, two spare batteries along with wall mount charger, plug adapter and car charger) 


Software ($40)

Roxio Creator 2012 Video Editor ($40, I’m sure there are better programs but I have had good success using the 2010 version for mobile media work)

Audacity Audio Editor (free, if you've got a spare $200 around you can save yourself a lot of time and effort by purchasing Plural Eyes 3 to have your external audio effortlessly synched with your video feed) 


Tablet Kit

Tablet Kit Small

Hardware ($523)

1.  Google Nexus 7 (16GB version,$249- top rated 7" Android tablet with the promise of being the first to receive Android updates for improved security and stability.  8GB version runs $199) 

2.  MoKo Slim Fit Cover Case for Nexus 7 ($17, nice auto-sleep feature when you close it) 

3.  All-in-One Travel Power Plug Adapter for US, UK, EU, A ($5) 

4.  Revive Solar Restore XL ($60, the tablet doesn't do anyone any good if it doesn't have any juice!) 

5.  Monster iClarityHD Bluetooth Wireless Speaker ($65, pretty big sound and you can pair it with the tablet and broadcast audio without any wired connection) 

6.  AirStash 8GB AO2 Wireless Flash Drive ($112, people can connect their WiFi enabled device to the AirStash and download whatever content you have on it) 

7.  Iogear SD/MicroSD/MMC Card Reader/Writer ($5, used with #8 below) 

8.  ***Not Pictured*** T & S Electronics Micro USB Host/OTG Cable ($10, used in combination with a USB flash drive or memory card in #7 above and the ES File Explorer (file management) and Nexus Media Importer ($3) apps below to enable rapid transfer of large numbers of files between the tablet and other devices


Apps ($18)

You may notice multiple apps serving the same function.  I have used apps reviews to choose top apps in different categories but, between not having tested them to find which one works best and also not being certain of the preferences of the end users, I opted to potentially have more apps than necessary rather than have too few and need to download further apps in a location with little to no internet connectivity.

Communications/Social Media

Go SMS Pro





ooVoo (video calling)



Lookout Security & Antivirus

Orbot (secure web browsing)

Gibberbot (secure messaging)

Box (somewhat higher-level security file sharing than DropBox) 



YouVersion Bible

Faith Comes by Hearing

Olive Tree BibleReader

Browser Bible (Download zip file, use cloud icon with arrow pointing down, use file browser to open the index.html file.  Bookmark the location and save the bookmark to one of your homescreens- instructions courtesy of Antoine Wright/Mobile Ministry Magazine)


Media Creation

AndroMedia Video Editor


SlideShow Maker

Voice Recorder

Sound Meter



The Weather Channel

American Red Cross First Aid


System Tools

ES File Explorer (file management)

Nexus Media Importer ($3)

Bump (file sharing)

Dropbox (file sharing)



Office Suite Pro ($15)

Amazon Kindle (reader)               

TuneIn Radio



Pocket (formerly Read It Later)


Google Translate


Web Browsing

Opera Mini

Google Chrome 

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