These days people in every country carry with them a wifi enabled device – phone, laptop or tablet. But they may or may not have access to the internet and data. The BibleBox is a cheap, simple wireless device to share a collection of digital wifi Bible multimedia resources to users of wifi enabled devices.
You may be in a Cairns cafe, a church in Jakarta, an apartment building in Nairobi, a jungle village in Papua New Guinea or an office block in New York – whatever your location you can turn on the BibleBox and share digital resources to those around you.
The BibleBox is now running on the Raspberry Pi 3B+.
With the difficulty of obtaining the TP Link MR3040 I had to decide what the best platform to continue the BibleBox project would be. I wanted to use hardware and software that have large existing support communities because I am only one person and the BibleBox is not a fulltime role for me so users are largely on their own or dependent on community support.
So I have chosen Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and have the BibleBox website being delivered using WordPress.
Using a WordPress site enables a BibleBox manager to make modifications and add plugins as much as they want. They can modify themes and site structure without knowing code. They can use Download plugins to manage files or use a direct system to simply drop them into a location and rely on h5ai to present the files.
There is a Captive Portal now running on the BibleBox. Once connected to the wifi network your device is prompted to continue to the BibleBox website and open it in a Browser window.
I have added Inscript from the Digital Bible Society to the BibleBox. This is a great Bible Study tool and can also be configured by users fairly easily. There are a variety of Bibles and Commentaries available.
My goal is to provide a tool which someone with a desire to share digital resources can easily manage and learn more from large active online communities.
BibleBox in Developing nations
There are millions of people in developing countries who do not have access to the incredible amount of digital Bible resources freely available to anyone with internet access.
In the developed world, Christians with internet access can easily download free digital wifi Bibles, subscribe to sermons and podcasts on their mobile phones, install apps for multiple Bible versions and scripture memory tools, install apps which can be used for outreach and discipleship. Many of us live in a space where access to these tools – many of which are free – is taken for granted.
Yet in the developing world there is a gap. There are people with wifi enabled devices and opportunity to disciple and mentor other Christians, but they do not have access to the internet or to Biblical material and training resources.
The BibleBox helps to remove that gap.
It also makes it possible for us to share media about Christ in our technology rich environments. In Australian airports, cafes, shopping centres, anywhere people congregate, there are usually many people on smartphones checking in to a social media site or news or email.
Placing a BibleBox into that space creates the opportunity for others to access a wifi Bible and Christian media which God can impact their hearts with.