Life Hack #115: Put a Messenger in a Wash Bin

In Touch Ministries’ Latest Innovation for the Cause of Christ

By In Touch Ministries Staff
  • February 08, 2016

We all love a good life hack—any shortcut to make life a little easier is always a nice treat. Whether it’s how to make a cake in the microwave or rehydrate a dried out Sharpie, these creative solutions remind us of the unrelenting persistence of human ingenuity in the face of challenges, both big and small.

In fact, we recently heard about a life hack from a partner in South Africa involving our own In Touch Messenger: A small group of Chinese-speaking believers wanted to listen to Dr. Stanley’s sermons on a Messenger in Mandarin. But since the device was designed for personal use, the volume wasn’t loud enough. So, they got creative. They placed the Messenger in a metal wash bin and viola—instant audio amplification system.


Their creative solution solves a problem posed to us by the writer of the book of Romans, who wrote: “How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” (Rom. 10:14). But while we love the wash bin hack, future small groups won’t need to MacGyver the Messenger in order to hear it. Instead, they’ll be able to use the new In Touch Messenger Torch.

Created by our partners at Renew Outreach, the solar-powered Torch has a loudspeaker for groups, so everyone nearby can listen to the Bible and Dr. Stanley’s messages in their own language. It also happens to glow in the dark and features several LED lights, solving the other major challenge in developing countries: adequate light. (Learn more about how the Torch fights light poverty.)

God has commissioned us to make disciples of all nations. It’s a big task, but thankfully, we have our Creator and source of inspiration working in us, “enabling us both to desire and to work out His good purpose” (Phil. 2:13, HCSB). All that’s required of us is our obedience—and perhaps a little creativity.

With your help, we are getting more and more Messenger devices into the hands of those who need them. Learn More.

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14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?

13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

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