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Teaching Tech to Churches During Covid-19

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I need help. it is hard writing sermons and putting together worship services with an old out of date computer.  Since the onset of COVID-19, my use of technology and computers has dramatically increased.  We have begun running into many system and Wi-Fi issues in rural South Carolina and have had to go to the top Wi-Fi solution in the area which has been a major personal expense. Since the latest software upgrades, my computer has been having a number of issues. It frequently freezes while I am in the middle of my work. As a result, I am constantly having to restart it. This happens at least three times a day. Not only has this become a time-consuming process, but often my work has not been saved, and I have to enter the data all over again. I estimate that I am losing 2 to 3 hours each day.
I have been using a 2012 Mac Mini, a 2009 iPad and a 2010 Mac Book Pro. I need all these devices and since I am not a computer major and have become familiar with Apple products, I would prefer to keep using them. Since the Pandemic I have been creating the entire worship experience for my local church and a few other churches in the area. I have been hosting zoom meeting for serval of the advocacy groups that I am a part of as well as teaching one-on-one community persons how to do online posting and live broadcast.
Last Sunday because of the total lock up of my mac mini we could only have service via conference call without any form of visual connection. Many members and community persons call asking when we would be back on social media. I am hoping you can help me to find some source of funding for the equipment I need to do the work that God has called me to do.
Please approve a grant and/or facilitate the purchase of the following equipment so that our church and our community work will not suffer.

Mac mini           
AppleCare+ for Mac mini
3.0GHz Intel Core i5 6-Core Processor with Intel UHD Graphics 630 512GB Storage
$2,399.00     $99.00

Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad - US English - Space Gray   
Total for the Mini.    $3,152.66

12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular 1TB - Silver
AppleCare+ for iPad Pro
Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (4th generation) - US Eng.
Apple Pencil (2nd generation)
USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter
Total   $2,748.64

16-inch MacBook Pro - Space Gray          
AppleCare+ for 16-inch MacBook
Apple Care $379.00
Total  $3,178.00
Grand Total Needed
I appreciate your prompt attention to this request.

I am hoping to create a technology  teaching and training  resource center.  Whether we like it or not, technology is here to stay, and it can be one of the best ways to examine where we are socially and culturally as churches and community organizations. When I think about what is needed in the church of the twenty-first century, I think about churches that aren’t second- or third-generation adaptors in the technology space but are leading the way and ensuring they support at every level the latest technology trends and developments. Well I find my self trying to teach and train people with out of date computers, printers and projectors. 
Funds will be used to buy undated laptops, iPads, cameras, video cameras and projectors, so I can show churches, pastors and staff how to reach younger people and youth with the word of God for the 22nd century.
Because as Mark 2:22 in the Bible explains you don’t put new wine into old wineskins. I am excited about moving in the very near future to creating a nonprofit that Pastors and Church Leaders can call and receive low cost tech support and training.

I believe we all are called to share the gospel of social justice and to change the community one person at a time. If I’m able to get the new equipment needed to start this think tank and resource center many persons will be able to use modern technology and it will help to increase the social justice work I am doing in the community.


Rev Amiri B Hooker
Florence, SC

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