A very early prototype of the Pastorbox, a new updated prototype will be available soon - watch this space!

We need $30,000 to manufacture the first batch of 300 Pastorbox units that will get this project going! Your contribution will assist us greatly and is really appreciated!

The Pastorbox Project

 

 

• A Portable Distance Education Library That Can Train Hundreds of Pastors

• A Small, Affordable, Rugged and Powerful Wi-Fi Hotspot

• Copyright-Free Training That Can Be Widely Used And Go Viral

 

SUMMARY:

The Pastorbox Project involves the design, prototyping and manufacturing of a highly rugged wireless hotspot that can deliver training to pastors and Christian leaders in remote areas. No Internet or electricity is required, it generates its own signal. Once logged on (with smartphones, tablets computers or any device capable of receiving a wireless signal) the end user can download free church-planting, evangelism and bible-training resources. We are finished with the design stage, and have moved into the prototyping and testing phases. The funds are required for the initial manufacturing run and are not for salary or for operating expenses.

 

THE PROBLEM:

Getting courses and resources to pastors and Christian leaders in remote areas.

 

THE SOLUTION:

Pastorbox is a portable digital library that enables learners to download free bible resources and courses straight to their laptops, tablets and mobile phones via a wireless signal transmitted by the Pastorbox (similar to logging onto wireless at an airport or a coffee shop).

 

The free training resources on the Pastorbox will be text and audio and will include a  church-planting and evangelism course in 12 languages, ebooks, Christian bible courses and resources, and MP3 audio files all of which will be Creative Commons so that they can be widely distributed without any legal ramifications.

 

The Pastorbox is based on the Raspberry-Pi3b with some software and quite a few hardware modifications, rechargeable batteries, shutdown circuits, power management, as well as  ruggedization and adaptation for developing world conditions and will be about 5 inches long by 5 inches wide and about 2 inches deep. As easy to carry as a small Bible!

 

The resources are stored on an SD card and are shared with pastors via a strong wireless signal that can easily serve 20 or more pastors at a time. Pastorbox does not require an Internet connection because it creates its own wireless hotspot. It can easily serve 200 pastors during a morning session.

 

Pastors, evangelists and church-planters can then get together in small groups to go over the materials they have received or even to use the Harvestime curriculum to start bible colleges in their areas. Pastorbox is a portable digital library designed to spark bible-training movements in areas that do not have formal theological training.

 

Personnel:

We have a content developer and two electrical engineers working on the project plus an inventory manager and some occasional volunteers.

Financing The Initial Production Run: We need $30,000 for the initial production run of 300 or more Pastorbox units @ $100 ea.

 

Life and Use Of A PastorBox:

The unit is designed to last for five years. If it is used just once every two weeks to share resources with 200 people that makes 5,200 people per year receiving training, which works out to for a total of 26,000 Christian leaders helped over the lifetime of the Pastorbox. Since a unit only costs $100 this works out to less than 1 cent per person helped with bible and theological resources.

Next Steps:

Finalize and test a good working prototype, test the prototype, manufacture the first 300 units using an American manufacturer based in Southern California. The prototype should be done by late September, tested by mid-October and the units manufactured by Thanksgiving, God willing.

 

Contact:

 John Edmiston  johned@cybermissions.org    Ph: +1-310-844-6948

 

21615 Berendo Ave. (Ste. 400) Torrance CA 90502