Is digital evangelism an effective use of time and resources?
A few weeks back we suggested one way short-term missionaries can stay connected and continue to have an impact on others around the globe is through online ministries. Now, Christianity Today has come out and reported on the vast success those involved are seeing as many people come to Christ and are discipled online. While it is always best to have the gospel incarnated in a person’s local community and language, this is not always possible for a number of reasons. And sometimes (if you get involved) you might be the one reaching the first “Paul” or “Peter” among a previously unreached people, online, who might go on to witness and see thousands of their countrymen and extended family come to know God and Christ in a real way.
For those missionary candidates preparing to go overseas as long-term missionaries: Helping online ministries can help you hone your understanding of specific cultural and religious objections to Christ, making you more effective as soon as you arrive. You can also begin to establish friendships and relationships of trust that may extend to actual invitations for a meal or help getting established once you make the move.
Now that so many worldwide carry a smartphone able to browse the web and view social media privately and securely, the opportunity is unprecedented. Especially in regions and cities that have no gospel presence whatsoever.
Online evangelists report the equivalent success of one Billy Graham crusade per day. That is incredible to think about. If you are looking for ways to get involved, whether you are back home from the missions field, or not yet on the missions field, or while looking for God’s call to a specific place in missions, here are some ways you can be effective NOW, rather than waiting for something to happen.
And your time online and intentional ministry on social media can be a big part of that harvest. View the full story by clicking on the image below.