Software developer Aaron Eisses created a new Bible trivia game application (app) for Apple electronic devices as part of his church’s “talent challenge” fundraising campaign.
Eisses, 33, belongs to All Nations Christian Reformed Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A veteran creator of apps, Eisses created an Old Testament trivia app that is available worldwide.
Church members were challenged to use their talents to multiply $10 given to them by the church in order to raise funds for repairs to the church’s foundation.
Eisses particularly enjoys creating trivia apps, so he used his $10 to buy the internet address (url) http://www.useyourtalents.org, and got to work.
Working in his spare time, Eisses developed 250 trivia questions based on five categories: The Torah, Judges, Kings, Psalms, and Other.
The multiple choice questions vary in difficulty, and can even challenge a person who is very familiar with the Bible. For example, one of the questions is “On what day did God create plants?”
The Use Your Talents app is available through the Apple store online for free on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. Since Apple requires that fundraising monies are collected independently, Eisses set up a Canada Helps account, where users can make a donation to the church. All revenue collected is directed to All Nations CRC.
Rev. David Vroege, pastor of All Nations, said that what he loves about this challenge is that it brings many aspects of ministry together: “ . . . it's not simply about getting dollars. This brings us together as a church community, propels us into the community around us, will lead to testimony, commits us more solidly to our building and local mission, and is just plain a lot of fun.”