On a dirt road, Abdul (not his real name), can see bright lights up ahead of him. It is a security check. The local police know that Christians are ministering in the mountain villages and have put together a plan to stop it; traffic stops are a part of that plan.
The police are stopping every vehicle that comes and goes out of the mountain pass. They are aggressively looking for those responsible for the recent Christian revivals that have been taking place among the minority people living in the rural mountains.
Abdul is stopped and asked to get out of his vehicle. The police have no reason to suspect Abdul of doing anything illegal, but they search his car anyway. In Abdul’s country, the police do not need a warrant or verbal permission to search a vehicle. They have the authority to do whatever they like and there is nothing that Abdul can say about it.
The police are not looking for drugs or weapons on this traffic stop, but instead they are looking for anything that would lead them to believe that Abdul is a secret Christian.
Abdul does not have anything in the car like that. He knows by now that it is too dangerous to travel around with Bibles or Christian teaching materials.
Unfortunately though, Abdul does not think about his phone. He has downloaded several Bibles in his own language and doesn’t realize until it is too late. One of the police officers takes the phone from Abdul’s pocket and is able to scroll through the apps until he finds Bible apps.
This recreated story is taking place every day all over the Muslim world. It is also happening in China. Governments know that phone applications present great opportunities to have access to the Word of God. This is why many of the Christian applications on Google Play and iTunes have been blocked at their request and why China is checking the phones and computers of those returning to China from abroad.
Somehow though, Christians have found ways to get around the firewalls of their countries and download these illegal apps, but governments – with international support – are finding ways to tighten access.
This has prompted BTJ to launch Operation Black Trumpet.
Operation Black Trumpet brings together Christian hackers from around the world to provide back door tunnels for Christians in closed nations, allowing them direct access to download black listed Christian phone applications without being detected.
Believers like Abdul will soon have access to Christian phone applications and be able to pass them over to other Christians in rural unreached areas without having to worry about the police discovering them on his phone.
Please pray for BTJ project developers who are partnering together on Operation Black Trumpet. We have just started work on this project, as requests came from our partners in closed countries to meet this specific need.
This project is COMPLETELY funded by BTJ GateKeepers. Without the BTJ GateKeepers, it would not be possible to do clandestine projects of this nature. To learn more about becoming a BTJ GateKeeper, please click here.