Announcing Spoken

by Jonathan Towell

Announcing Spoken

Written on June 21, 2017

In late April, we quietly launched our first iPhone app. “Spoken” allows people to learn English by reading Bible and receiving free coaching from a native English speaker. Students record their scripture readings and Christian coaches record responses.

Experience from partner ministries like WEI and Let’s Start Talking has, for many years, shown that there is incredible global demand for English. This demand is fertile soil for finding seekers.

When a person signs up for World Bible School, it is usually because they already had some interest in the Bible. This is not always true when a person signs up to learn English. Instead, they are exposed to God’s word, sometimes for the first time. Of course, we know the power of the word of God:

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

The approach for Spoken is simple. Adopt a student. Listen to scripture readings (on your own time). Record a response that gives encouragement, pronunciation advice, and a thought about the scripture. Invite your student to study the WBS material with you. And when your student decides to put on Christ, let us know and we’ll help with follow up.

Each response takes 30-60 seconds. This tool is very simple to use.

Shortly after launch, we began global advertising to people searching for things like “English coaching” or “English pronunciation help.” Some of the top responding countries are Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Myanmar, Egypt, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Nepal, and Algeria. Do you note a pattern? This is an excellent opportunity to connect with and teach Muslim and Hindu seekers.

Today, we have hundreds of students ready for a coach. Will you help us and adopt a student?

How to sign up as a coach?

If you are already signed up as an online WBS study helper, you can sign up to coach by emailing us at help@spokenapp.org.

Note: To be a Spoken coach, you must speak English as a first language and have an iPhone.

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