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May
08

God bless Skype

I was just thinking about how wonderful new technology really is and what a huge difference it is making in reaching the world for Christ! Before joining Youth With A Mission I had no clue what video conferences, Skype video teaching, chat missions or so many other technical things were. Now I know. And I’ve seen the difference it makes in the world. I’ve sat in on teachings held by an Australian in a Korean-speaking DTS in Lausanne, Switzerland that was then seen by Discipleship Training School audiences in Venezuela, South America, Kiev, Eastern Europe and Taiwan, Asia – and of course translated into Korean, Spanish, Russian and Chinese! All thanks to the wonderful GENESIS video conferencing technical stuff. We have had teachings from Kona, Hawaii where speakers have just finished breakfast and then they can sit down in their living room and teach students in Kiev, Ukraine. 

And Skype…don’t even get me started…what a cool tool that is! God bless the Dane, Janus Friis, and the Swede, Niklas Zennström, who invented and developed the software that enables me to speak FOR FREE with anybody else in the world who has a computer with Internet and Skype installed! What a gift that is to us missionaries who live far away from our home and nations. We can now stay in touch and even see video footage of family, friends and new houses when you’re in touch with people with a web camera installed. 

We have people who do chat evangelism with people in closed countries who are reached with the Gospel of freedom and life in Jesus Christ. People we wouldn’t be able to reach without the Internet.

I realize that Satan uses the Internet and its many opportunities too, but just because something can be used for evil, doesn’t mean that we cannot and should not use it for good. 

The Gospel is being spread, and missionaries have the opportunity to feel closer connected with other missionaries and friends and family through this wonderful technology. Hallelujah!

Torben – who is now just waiting for someone to invent a camera that’s inbuilt in one of my fingers, so I could always be recording the fun things I seem to see all the time. I remember a time in Copenhagen, Denmark where I really wish I had one of those cameras (or really any camera!) when I saw something extremely interesting (and postmodern): on the sidewalk two little, Muslim girls in full Muslim outfits were walking chatting along both with a backpack saying WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) … 🙂

 

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1 Response to “God bless Skype”


  1. May 2, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Great to hear of your experience with Skype and chat. At Internet Evangelism Day, we’ve done pages about chat and social networking evangelism (among many other things):
    Internet Evangelism Day.

    If you have any encouraging stories, or can ask others to send them, about any aspect of web evangelism, we’d love to use them.

    Am also interested in your comments on Skype conferencing for teaching, and wonder if you would have any suggestions for improving our explanation of this at
    this page as we do want to do more teaching about web evangelism, using Skype conferencing.

    I did incidently conduct a week of web evangelism seminars at YWAM Perth several years ago. They are very much into web evangelism stuff, and have a good podcast which we have listed at
    our blogs page.

    Blessings

    Tony

    I was speaker at a ser of


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