Staff sent 29 used, donated phones to Francophone Africa and Ethiopia. Each phone was loaded with “JESUS,” pre-evangelism short films, and the follow-up series “Walking With Jesus,” in up to 10 languages, as well as the Jesus Film® app.
“Staff and volunteers used them to meet with seekers, mostly who had watched ‘JESUS’ on TV and responded.
“Of 8,000 people they met with, using the phones, we saw 4,000 people accept Christ over three months. That is over 130 new believers per phone, a pretty incredible return on investment!
“We’re currently working with a ministry partner to spread the gospel through peer-to-peer phone sharing, using the donated phones. There will be no need for the internet in isolated places. This could be huge, truly a disciple-multiplying model in these closed, restricted countries, like when Jesus fed the 5,000! I hope that hundreds of friends of ‘JESUS’ will send in their used phones or iPads. We’re ready and excited!”
—Marc Vergo, Jesus Film Project®
You don’t need to recycle your iPhones®, Android® phones, and iPads®... Instead, you can be the one to put the power of the gospel on film into the hands of an African missionary or seeker.
Your donated phones will be reset, and data erased—all double checked. They will be given to staff, volunteers, missionaries and seekers. There are some minimum equipment requirements and specific steps you’ll need to take before mailing in your device. And you can qualify for a tax deduction. (We suggest you search the internet for the estimated current value and check with your tax advisor.)
Staff and volunteers are ready to use your old phone or iPad to share God’s love among unreached people—in places where it can be both illegal and dangerous to share your faith … but not these devices! Click below to learn everything you need to know and what to do next.
iPhones®, and iPads®: iOS 10 or higher, iPhone 5 and higher, and iPad 4th gen and higher.
Android: Android 6.0 or higher. EG. Samsung Galaxy S5 and higher.
Wrapped in protective packaging, with the charger and cord if available (though not required), please ship your used device to:
Jesus Film Project
Attn: Marc Vergo
100 Lake Hart Drive
Orlando, FL 32832
IMPORTANT: for your security, please implement the following steps. We cannot accept phones that have not been reset, and data erased by the original owner. Staff will implement a second reset/erase step for your protection. And don’t forget, donations of used phones or iPads are tax deductible. Check with your tax advisor.
Reset the phone to remove the password lock and remove all the data.
The above Apple site basically shows:
1. Go to Settings
2. > General
3. > Reset.
4. Choose an option: "Erase All Content and Settings”
iPhone one extra step, make sure that Find my iPhone is turned off.
If your iPhone has iOS 12 or earlier (most likely), then follow the second set of directions. iOS 13 is the newest version and is the first directions on the site.
Resetting varies slightly on different Android phones. You can find exact directions for your phone via this link: https://support.google.com/android/answer/3094742
This site has instructions that work for most phones:
They all are similar to the following:
1. Tap the Settings icon from your home screen or app drawer.
2. Swipe up to scroll down to the bottom of the settings menu.
3. Tap System. ...
4. Hit Reset options.
5. Select Erase all data (factory reset).
As you feel led to help reach people for Christ with the "JESUS" film, you can through secure online giving today via credit card or by calling toll free 800-387-4040 on any weekday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).
*Hours are limited because of the Coronavirus; you can leave a message, and someone will call you back. Please do not leave personal credit card information on your message. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Your charitable donations are tax deductible. The ministry's Tax Identification Number is 95-6006173. Jesus Film Project is a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International. The ministry operates under the brand name, Cru, in the United States.