What if reading devotional materials was as easy as reaching for the telephone? Well, now there’s an app that does just that. The new eSeeds application puts the daily devotionals, Seeds of Wisdom, as close as the reader’s smartphone. This app is the brainchild of Guido Evangelistic Association President, Dr. Larry Guido, and GEA Board Member, Ron Stalnaker.
Included with the daily devotionals is a full bible available in multiple translations. The daily “seed” can be easily read. The text size can be manipulated to suit the reader’s needs and there is a night mode for reading in low-light and dark settings. In order to accommodate just about anyone, the app provides a feature that will read the devotional and the bible aloud. Making the app fully interactive, the time feature can be set to send a reminder at the same time each day and prayer requests can be submitted via the telephone as well. As readers find devotionals they enjoy or scriptures they would like to share with others, all content on the app can be easily shared on social media such as Facebook and Twitter or it can be sent via email.
Until now, the app was only available on Android Smartphones. Getting the eSeeds on an Android phone is as easy as going to the Google Play page and searching for “eSeeds.” The link to the app will appear. The Apple version of the app for I-Phones has been developed, approved and is now available in the App Store. According to Stalnaker, who is Associate CIO and Director of Enterprise Application Services at Georgia Southern University, “I was talking about developing eSEEDS for the i-Phone one day at work and Francis Okechukwu, a graduate student from Nigeria, said, ‘I can build an app for that!’”
Okechukwu is studying mechanical engineering at Georgia Southern University. He already holds a degree in Physics from the University of Ibadan, and he and his brother co-founded one of the first mobile app companies in his country, Servotronics Technology. Okechukwu says he always wanted to design and build a daily devotional app and even had ideas of what it would look like. He explained, “In today’s fast-paced world, it is vital to stay prayerful and remember our Faith every day.”
In working with the eSeeds app, he was able to harmonize all of his ideas with the devotionals produced by the Guido Evangelistic Association. “The e-Seeds content makes it possible and easy to stay in touch with Jesus by using the technology that is always right at our fingertips,” Okechukwu explained. Because of the technology involved, the app engages users of various age ranges. He continues, “One can simply pick up the phone, open the app, and begin reflecting on God’s Word anywhere at any time.”
For over 63 years, GEA has faithfully served the Lord by sowing God’s Word to individuals all over the world. First through evangelistic meetings, then radio and television broadcast, and now via the internet and Smart phones, the ministry has presented God’s message of love, mercy, grace, and salvation to the world. With the new eSeeds app, the messages from the Sower invite people to delve deeper into their Christian Faith wherever and whenever they feel the need. God’s message of love and hope has not changed, however the methods of spreading His word have been expanded to include modern technology.
According to Stalnaker, the Apple version of the app contains much richer features than the Android version. Because of this, the Android version will be rewritten and enriched soon.
When the day has been difficult and God’s wisdom seems out of touch, pick up a smartphone, click on eSeeds, and realize that no matter what the problem is “There’s an App for that.”