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Hybrid Mesh Network

Troy Carl explains how our latest initiative, the Global Bible Network, makes use of the latest technological advances to help us get God’s Word to every person.


The Global Bible Network utilizes cyber technology by connecting mobile devices to its proprietary network of nodes. It’s a hybrid mesh network, capable of storing and forwarding Bibles where Internet access is unavailable. This network creates a whole new way to communicate with our phones and it doesn’t require a data plan; in fact, it doesn’t require a cellular provider at all.

Our Bible app connects mobile phones directly to one another. When two phones are less than 200 feet apart, they automatically connect. Just leave Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on and, even if you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection, the phones will still connect. Now, if there are more than two phones, they create a larger network. It’s called a peer-to-peer mesh network.

With this technology, we can send Bible content openly or privately through this new kind of network. Open content distribution can be seen by everybody, but private content distribution can only be seen by the sender and the recipient – and it’s encrypted so nobody else can see it being distributed.

Now here’s where it gets real interesting. Private Bible distribution can transmit through several different phones in order to get to the intended user. It’s almost as if each phone is acting like a postman, passing the message to the next postman, but without seeing it. Again, only the sender and recipient of private content knows that it’s being transmitted.

But what happens if you want to send a Bible privately to someone who’s not a part of your local network? Remember, people move all the time from villages to cities and even to other countries. These people will carry the private Bible content to the next local network, so it can be distributed to its intended user.

And what if you want to send a message to someone far away, yet you still don’t have Internet access or cell phone coverage? It will travel through the local networks until it finds a phone that does have Internet access and the Bible content in that specific language will be delivered.

The more people use it, the better it gets. That’s the opposite of traditional networks that become congested when too many people use them.

So let’s recap. This Hybrid Mesh Network will allow us to get the Bible to anyone, anywhere, both publicly or privately in their own unique language – and it all can be done even without the Internet.

Read Troy’s related blogpost on Delay and Disruption Tolerant Networks.

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