The free "Gospel Mate" app from Living Waters Publications
erases the language barrier for missionaries, says evangelist Ray
With the free new GM2:8 app, missionaries will be spending more
time on the mission field and less time at the seminary learning
foreign languages. Thanks to
Living Waters Publications founder, president and CEO Ray
Comfort, all it takes is a simple tap on a mobile device, and 10
different languages become immediately accessible to missionaries
anywhere across the globe -- allowing them to focus on the message,
not the interpretation.
And what does GM2:8 stand for?
stands for 'Gospel Mate,' and the 2:8 is a reference to Acts 2:8
[which says], 'And how is it that we hear, each in our own language
in which we were born?" international evangelist Comfort told
OneNewsNow in an exclusive interview, indicating that his app is
the answer to the question posed in the Book of Acts. "This is
because that's what this free app does; it lets people hear the
Gospel of everlasting life, in their own language."
The idea for this one-of-a-kind revolutionary app didn't just
pop up out of thin air. Comfort's background and ministry location
had as much to do with creating the app as did divine calling and
the desire to fill a void.
"I live in Southern California, where it's normal to hear people
speaking in many different languages," the director of the popular
TV show, The Way of the Master, shared. "I'm
originally from New Zealand, and it's sometimes difficult for me to
make myself understood, even to English-speaking Americans -- let
alone people who don't speak English. Consequently, I have had a
difficult time when it came to sharing the Gospel."
One such hard time turned out to be an experience in an unlikely
place that Comfort will never forget -- a frustrating and
unfruitful encounter that had every indication of lacking divine
"I remember once getting into a taxi to the Los Angeles
International airport," the New Zealand native recalled. "I wanted
to share the Gospel with the driver, but when I asked if he spoke
English, he said that he didn't, and asked if I spoke Spanish. I
answered, 'All I know is bueno and pronto!' He
heard 'Good and fast!' suddenly put his foot down, and sped all the
way to the airport ... and I didn't know how to tell him to slow
But Comfort's taxi wasn't the only thing that raced that day, as
his mind sped through all the possibilities that could emerge from
his discouraging situation.
Caches from the ashes
"That experience epitomized my linguistic frustration, and so I
began thinking that there must be a way, in this high-tech age, to
communicate the Gospel with people who don't speak English," the
evangelist of 40 years recounted. "I knew that missionaries
sometimes spend years learning languages before communicating the
Gospel -- when there is a sense of urgency. I wanted to shortcut
the process, because 150,000 people die every 24 hours."
Out of this revelation came the development stage of the Gospel
Mate 2:8 app.
OneNewsNow then asked the
international street preacher what languages are now available "on
the go" in the app and why he chose those specific ones.
"They are Dutch, English, French, German, Russian, Chinese,
Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish Castilian, Spanish Neutral,
and Turkish," listed Comfort. "We chose each of these because they
are most prevalent. However, we want to someday increase the app to
reach every language on the planet."
Comfort went on to explain that the GM2:8 app is much more than
an interpretation device, as he highlighted the app's three unique
"The first gives you the ability to share the Gospel (without
saying a word) with someone whose language you don't speak," said
Comfort, author of Hell's Best Kept Secret. "This feature
does it in the form of a polite questionnaire. It asks the person
if they would like to answer a few quick questions, very gently
leads them through the Gospel, and then thanks them for their
The next feature is nothing short of having a teacher and
interpreter stuffed conveniently into your pocket on the mission
"Then there is a 'Preaching Mate' feature," adds Comfort, who
directed the acclaimed 30-minute documentary 180: Changing Hearts and Minds about Life's
Hot-button Issues that went viral on YouTube with more than 3.6 million views. "This
gives you the ability to either learn the Gospel in ten languages,
or allows you to put in an earplug and share it as you hear it in
And the last feature of
the app is like hitting an auto-pilot button
"The third feature is the 'Gospel Presentation,' Comfort
continued. "This means you can plug in a speaker to your iPod and
open air preach (without opening your mouth) to a group of people
you normally couldn't reach in their own language."
Ten and counting: App to keep breaking the language
Even though there are thousands of apps out there for virtually
everything, there has not been one until now that does the
interpretation work for you on the mission field.
"As far as I know, it's unique," the Bellflower,
California-based evangelist pointed out. "One wonderful feature is
that it's not confined to those who speak English and want to
present the Gospel. With the touch of a finger, a Russian person
can present the Gospel to someone who speaks Japanese, or a
Japanese person can speak to someone who only speaks German. The
possibilities are endless."
To get a better idea of what
the GM2:8 can do,
view a short video on the app's website
And has this app by Living Waters been tried out on the mission
field of America's streets yet? Comfort relayed the reaction from
one iPhone user who got his hands on the GM2:8 before its
"I've been praying for a solid Japanese Gospel message available
electronically," said GM2:8 user Mike, whose last name Comfort did
not disclose. "GM2:8 delivers even more than I prayed for. Audio
and text make this a very powerful tool to reach the lost. Thank
you and praise the Lord!"
But for Comfort, ten languages is just the tip of the iceberg,
as he encourages Christians of different tongues to help Living
Waters reach the goal of 100 languages on its free app.
"We want to expand our GM2:8 languages," Comfort announces on
his app's site. "If you fluently speak any other language (or you
know of someone who does), please carefully record the Gospel
presentation found at 100languages.com and email it to
Living Waters [at email@example.com]."