Whether we like it or not, technology has already invaded the world. The internet was born during the 1980's, and it changed the life in this world forever.
Christianity is always counter-culture for one reason, "it creates culture".
Throughout the history, the first Christians was the first who initiated outreach communities in the world, like Red Cross, Salvation Army and the people behind great transformation of a nation, like Martin Luther and of course the America who was once founded by its leaders and established its laws based on biblical principles and Jesus's teachings.
Today, as Christians we are facing another obstacle. "The Internet and Social Media". The Internet nowadays has been used not only to connect people to a broader range of knowledge but also the spread of hatred and lies.
Many younger people have been bullied, manipulated for sexual advances and has been addicted to internet pornography. Some millennials also are searching answers on the internet and rooting their identity on social media. I have a few friends also validating their existence based on how influential they are in the social media and how many likes they garnered every day.
Now the challenge is, with so many pages and information on the internet, how can a Christian can stand out for Jesus? Can a Christian programmer or software engineer can have their own platform to share Jesus every day except being physically present with the person?
Hack and Make Disciples
I never thought there was a place for a "tech guy" in a church except working behind the monitors.
As a techie guy, I never thought that we can also bring Jesus to the lost and make disciples in the digital space.
Last weekend, I had this opportunity to join a hackathon event in Ortigas held by Indigitous Philippines.
At the back of my mind, how in the world Christians can make disciples using internet and technology? Oh boy, I was wrong!
It was my first time to participate in a hackathon challenge. I had no friends there except for Jen who signed up as well but we do have different fortes. I aim to join a team who codes for an app, who loves to make strategies or can be a speaker to pitch the product at the end of the event, which in turn I became one!
During the event, the coordinators asked us to choose at least one challenge. There were so many challenges:
And much more! As usual, friends teamed up together. I chose #thegospelstorychallenge as it has been my passion to share Jesus in different creative ways.
I never thought those who came in without friends will also join the challenge I chose, Jen a friend of mine from Victory Fort, also chose it and what an amazing team we formed.
For two days, even we lack sleep, we were able to produce an output. Hooray! I was nervous because that was my first time to pitch a product or project, thankfully my toastmaster's experience paved the way!
Since it's already late night, to make this short, "WE WON!"
Yes, we are one of the two teams who chose to participate globally in the near future. What a picture of grace and mercy of God for our team.
Our project is called "Go+Share", ' which was coined from the bible verse in Matthew 28:19.
Our objective is to create a platform wherein we can reach out to the young millennials who we know are struggling with depression, anxiety, lack of purpose and significance.We also have plans of creating viral videos that can encourage a person and develop a mobile app where we can be connected to these individuals online by emailing them and setting up webinars or online meetings for a one on one discipleship (121) for those individuals who want to learn more about Jesus.
We realized that social media can be helpful to reach them since most of them are active on it. We made graphical images of their reality and several spoken poetry videos with a hope that we can connect to them without pushing the gospel or forcing them to change. Let alone Jesus change them.
I would like to thank Pangalan.com who offered to sponsor our domain for 1 year (www.goshare.com.ph). Your generosity will reach the multitudes of souls waiting for someone who can encourage and motivate them and share Jesus with them online.
The enemy has been using the internet to kill, steal and destroy lives. Why not use the same tool to spread the gospel and spread the love to those who needs it?
As I end this blog, I encourage you to take part also in this advocacy of "bringing back the millennials back to God". With your help, we can save many lives.
To learn more about us, like visit our Facebook Page: fb.com/goshareph
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