Donate Your Old Phone to Help Share JESUS
If you or someone you know has upgraded a smartphone or tablet recently, or are considering it, this innovative way to help may interest you. Many people who get new phones are likely to leave their old ones wasting space in a drawer waiting to recycle them. What if I told you that you could donate your old phone or tablet to Jesus Film Project® and help reach hundreds or even thousands of lives for Christ?
Marc Vergo, a Jesus Film® staff member, reported: “Of the 8,000 people they [staff and volunteers] met with, using the phones, we saw 4,000 people accept Christ over three months, so that is over 130 new believers per phone!”
The Jesus Film staff are ready to send gently used smartphones and tablets to pastors and church planters in Africa to help reach and disciple people for Christ. Your old smartphone or tablet can help touch and transform the lives of people who are ready to hear the gospel in their heart language.
People like you have already sent over 29 phones. Our staff completely erased and reset the phones, loaded them with Jesus Film Project® content and the Jesus Film Project app, and sent them to West Africa and Ethiopia.
Staff and volunteers used them to meet with seekers, many who had seen or heard JESUS on TV or radio and responded.
“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 disciple-multiplying 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®
How Phone Donations Spread the Good News
You can recycle your old phone in the best possible way by turning it into a powerful tool used by missionaries to spread the gospel in restricted and closed countries. Place the power of the gospel into the hands of trained workers eager to reach their people for Christ.
Your donated phones will be double checked to ensure data is cleared and erased before being given to staff, volunteers, and missionaries. There are a few minimum requirements and specific steps you will need to take before mailing in your device. Additionally, you may be able to qualify for a tax deduction. We suggest contacting your phone carrier for the current estimated value and check with your tax advisor.
Read below to learn everything and decide what to do next.
There are some minimum requirements:
iPhones, and iPads: iOS 10 or higher, iPhone 6 and higher, and iPad 4th generation and higher.
Android: Android 6.0 or higher (for example, Samsung Galaxy S5 and higher).
Please wrap your used device in protective packaging and include the charger and cord if available, though they are not required. Then please ship your device to:
Jesus Film Project
Attn: Marc Vergo
100 Lake Hart Drive
Orlando, FL 32832
IMPORTANT: For your security, please implement the steps below. We cannot accept phones that have not been reset with data erased by the original owner. Staff will implement a second reset/erase procedure 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 instructs you to:
1. Go to “Settings”
2. Then select “General”
3. Then select “Reset” (or “Transfer or Reset iPhone”)
Choose the option: “Erase All Content and Settings”
iPhones require 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 described in the first set of directions on the site.
Resetting varies slightly on different Android phones. You can find exact directions for your phone via this link:
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).
Thank you very much.
As you feel led to help reach more people for Christ with the JESUS film, you can through online giving or by calling (800) 387-4040, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time), on any weekday.
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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.