The book of 3 John tells us that Gaius supported the itinerant teachers of his day in a manner worthy of God, and that by doing so, he was a fellow worker with the truth. Like Gaius, Neil Ruda is a missions mobilizer – impacting the eternal destiny of souls by helping fellow missionaries and ministries be more effective, efficient, and productive using modern-day tools of technology and compassion to share the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world.
The digital world — where people increasingly perform work, pursue education, build relationships, and otherwise live their lives — consumes more and more of people’s time and attention. Find out how God’s message is being spread even in the digital world and how you can play a part.
Bob and Edie Lafon are Assemblies of God missionaries and serve almost 3,000 different missionary teams around the world, providing technology, media, and communication consulting to free those missionary teams to declare the gospel. Joining their team through prayer and financial support would be one of the most strategic choices you could make for the cause of world missions because their influence, though it often takes place “behind the scenes,” is vast in its scope.
Justin Canavan has a wealth of experience in using creative media. He has served as a videographer, producer, director, camera operator, lighting director, stage manager, tech team facilitator, director of photography, etc. He graduated cum laude from Evangel University with a Bachelor of Science in Film with minors in Broadcasting and Biblical Studies. But in all his experience, you will find two common threads: 1) he uses creative media to spread the gospel; and, 2) an obvious love for the people of Japan.
FROM RICH TATUM:
How Digital Communication Facilitated a Wiccan’s Conversion to Christ
The Sharpe Logs represent the fascinating story of Kathi Sharpe — a practicing pagan witch (a Wiccan) who converted to Christ and was discipled through digital conversations with Rich Tatum, a then web project manager with Christianity Today International. These “logs” are just that — records of 53 different online conversations Kathi and Rich had through email and instant messenger over a period of almost an entire year. Although the logs are almost twenty years old at the time of this writing, they still provide tremendous insight into how God can work through digital means to bring people to Himself and raise them up to maturity in the faith. Click the button below to read the rest of the story!
In her excellent article entitled You’re Already Doing Internet Evangelism, so Do It Well, Amber Stamper interviews Tony Whitaker who was the founder of the Web Evangelism Guide and then coordinator of Internet Evangelism Day until his retirement in 2015.
We must aggressively seize the opportunity and establish an effective presence in the midst of today’s marketplace so that we can effectively declare the gospel to the internet generation. A church’s website in today’s postmodern world should primarily on creating opportunities for conversation and relationship (both online and offline) between believers and unbelievers.
Today’s church is faced with a historic opportunity. The internet gives us the ability to present the gospel to untold millions of people who have never committed their lives to Christ. TCounty-based portals such as those described in this article effectively use the internet but also hold true to the Biblical principle of authentic Christian community as a foundation of outreach and evangelism.
There is an alternative approach to developing a church website which does not require an outside designer, does not need a fancy graphical appearance, and should also prove to be much more effective (in reaching the lost) than the typical church website.