Monday, September 19, 2005

Touching the world--and being touched by the world--through new media

Many of you know that despite the fact that it's necessary for us to continue to build our team of ministry partners, we are actively involved in a part of our ministry: helping to staff the world's first Internet-based Ministry Response Center. It's really a blast--I get to follow up, disciple and answer seeker questions coming in from people from all over the world.

Last month, responses came from England, France, Slovenia, Romania, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, India, Malaysia, The Philippines, New Zealand, and even Pakistan and Algeria. I personally handled 71 responses, (and I'm only one of over 300 volunteers), communicated the Gospel, prayer, doctrine and encouragement with Christians and seekers from all these countries.
  • Helped a believer in Ethiopia get a bible through Campus Crusade's office in Addis Ababa.

  • Helped answer the question, "Where in the Bible does it say I can pray a prayer and be saved"

  • I helped a seeker in India who came to us saying, " I AM IN DEEP TROUBLE. AS I WAS BROWSING FOR SOMETHING I FOUND THIS SITE . I READ THE PRAYER FELT HAPPY ABOUT SAYINGS .THEN I THOUGHT TO PRAY THE SAYING.GOT DOUBT WHETHER TO PRAY OR NOT. PLZ HELP ME"
  • Another gentleman, also in India, simply wrote, "Who is Yasu?"

  • Frederick, in Tanzania, writes "What is the relationship between primeval history and Biblical history as we read in Genesis 1 - 11?"

  • Refiloe, in Zimbabwe, writes that she has prayed to receive Christ for the first time, and adds, "I would like to be helped in praying and getting the greatest blessings of God. I would also like to be a member of the church. God bless you"

  • An anonymous believer from Algeria, writes that he has a question before he is ready to receive Christ: "What is the Kingdom of God? I don't know, tell me."

  • Young Timothy, in England (assisted by his dad) writes, "Is that what Jesus really looks like?"

  • Victoria, in Malaysia, is unsure about her relationship with God and wants to know how she can know for sure she is a Christian.

  • Tanya, from Minnesota, writes, "Are my sins washed away, even though I don't confess with a priest?"

In India and Pakistan, Christians number around 2% of the population. Of course, in Algeria, it's more like .29%. There are tremendous needs and challenges in all of these countries, and sometimes the challenge to faith comes not from poverty and persecution but abundance and secularism, like in our country. (See Ezekiel 16:49) One thing we can leverage, though, is our wealth of communication resources, our Biblical education, and our time to instantaneously reach across boundaries and touch someone with Jesus' love who  desparately needs it. Would you consider joining us in this volunteer effort? Imagine being the first to be able tell a brand-new Christian from the 10/40 Window what Jesus has done for them.

When you became a Christian, several things happened:
-Christ came into your life (Revelation 3:20)
-You became a child of God (John 1:12)
-You received the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:15), and were baptized by Him into the Body of Christ! (1 Corinthians 12:13)
-ALL your sins were forgiven (Colossians 1:14, Hebrews 10:12)
-You now have the gift of eternal life, (1 John 5:11)--and God doesn't take His gifts back! (Romans 11:29)

These brothers and sisters in Christ need the assurance that God's Word can provide them; and keeping it from them is like hoarding any other resource. They may ask questions that make you uncomfortable or challenge your theology. But you have all the time you need to pray and ask God for guidance, and scour His Word for the answers to their questions and yours. Why don't you take a moment to look at the Response Center?

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