To add a new distribution point you can tap the “plus” button on the left hand side. This will drop a purple pin in the center of the map. If your current location is not the center of the map, just tap the button on the right to re-center the map on your location before dropping the purple pin.
Another way to add a distribution point is to long hold tap the location where you’d like to record the distribution. This will allow the user to accurately put the pin in the correct location even if the GPS data from your device is not correct.
Once the purple pin is displayed, you can hold down the purple pin and have the ability to re-position it in the most accurate location.
When the pin is in the correct location, you can record the distribution data. There are two options to choose from: “Home” and “Not Home”. Select the description that is appropriate for your distribution. These two options open up possibilities for 6 choices of distribution status for that location:
If you select “Home” you will choose between 4 statuses:
1. Accepted : This is when you share a Bible with someone in person and they accept it.
2. Another : Sometimes we distribute Bibles in a certain language and format that doesn’t always meet the need of the people. For example, maybe we are distributing Spanish Bibles, but the people don’t speak that language or they can’t read and therefore would need an audio Bible or Jesus Film. We want to record that we would need a different resource to give at that home.
3. Have Bible : This means that the people we are distributing to already have a Bible and don’t accept another one.
4. Rejected : The people in that home have rejected the Bible offered.
If you select “Not Home” you will have two status options:
1. Delivered : This is for when you leave a Bible at the home.
2. Retry : This is for when you don’t leave a Bible and plan to return at another time.
When you have all your information selected, tap “Save” and the pin will be permanently saved to your map with the corresponding colors:
All of the data is stored locally on the device. When the Bible distribution event is complete, the data can be exported in a CSV format and shared through email to those who would collect the data. Local Bible distribution ministry leaders can compile the shared data and create their own database for the region.
The Share Bibles App is a tool for everyone in the body of Christ to use to accomplish the goal of a Bible in every home in the world.
This app was birthed out of a volunteer-based tribe in the body of Christ: Youth With A Mission (YWAM) . The current version of the app was built by second volunteer-based organization in the body of Christ, FaithTech . As the app has been opened for use to the public, we are now inviting the public to help us make it better. We have received positive response from different Bible distribution ministries around the world and there is anticipation that this project will grow to become the powerful tool that can serve the global vision of “A Bible in Every Home”. Together as the body of Christ around the world, with different abilities and resources, we can build a tool that can serve the whole.
As Bible distributors all around the world go about their business, they come across issues that could potentially be solved by features that we want to build into this tool.We seek people with skills in any of the following areas:
“I don’t have an internet connection, I cannot see the map. How do I know if the GPS location is correct?
Solution: Offline Maps
Problem: “What other resources are needed and what resources we are distributing the most?”
Solution: Recording resource data. Describe exactly what is being distributed and what is needed. When another resource is required, document the language/format. For groups/individuals record exactly what is being distributed.
Problem: “What houses still need to be visited? How do I share what I am doing?”
Solution: Syncing distribution data across all users in a given zone. Using access tokens, approved users can access the data that others have uploaded as well as upload data that they have gathered themselves. In this way, all approved users in a given region can sync up their data and accomplish the goal together, whether they know each other or not.
Problem: “How do I know where to follow up? Where do we need more resources? What resources are needed?”
Data Filters : Filter the visible pins by status.
Data Reports: It would help to be able to create reports that will communicate # of Bibles distributed/needed in a given language/format. There are plenty of opportunities to make creative reports using the map and distribution data . Powerful visuals and information for distributors, facilitators and donors. Having the ability to export/share the reports and maps would also be valuable for sharing what God is doing. We think it would be awesome to have a moderately live map showing worldwide distributions at an aggregate level.
Problem: “Christians are persecuted where I am distributing Bibles.. The data I have recorded will put lives in danger for those who have been visited or are distributing. Is it safe for me to record the distribution data in my location? How do we prevent this data from being accessed by a dangerous group.”
Solution: Security is a valuable part of gathering Bible distribution data. Though we aren’t gathering Personal Identifiable Information (PII), we don’t necessarily want the data to be accessed when uploading or downloading the synced data.
To get involved in any capacity, please contact Scott MacLellan from FaithTech:
We are currently using TRELLO &GITHUB to work together remotely.
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