Roger’s passion for Digital Mission
I have been reflecting about what God did in Africa through Indigitous. That’s another blogpost for some other time. The expansion of Indigitous movement keeps on and on as student like Roger joins the movement. Celebrate this story of Roger with me.
It was late in the evening as I left the office, only to discover Roger was still working hard on an Android application. When he saw me leaving, he asked if I would drop him off. While on the road, Roger asked me If I remembered the first time we met? I said “I don’t”. “We met 7 years ago at Life4All student conference in Bahir Dar. I was a final year high school student at that time” said Roger. And he continued to tell me how he was challenged during that conference by my session about using digital tools to share the gospel with others. That inspired him to do an internship in our office as a software engineer.
He also said that my session during the conference influenced him to study software engineering. Praise God. Roger is graduating next year from Addis Ababa, University and actively involved in Indigitous movement since Indigitous Addis conference in 2014.
In 9th grade I discovered about Great Commission Ministry Ethiopia ( as Cru/CCC is called here). Mihretu Tesfaye came to our high school fellowship group to give us evangelism training and encouraged us to take the challenge of leading mission trips with him to Borena, Jinka, then to Nairobi, and to South Korea! And it goes on and on! I do love our missionary family and the vision to reach the whole world for Christ. Our purpose is to help fulfill the Great Commission as we build spiritual movement everywhere, so that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus Christ! How? By winning, building and sending Christ centered multiplying disciples! I’m very blessed to be part of this Great Commission Ministry family!
This last week I was attending one farewell party after another. It started
with my Digital Strategy team in Ethiopia where I heard encouraging testimonies. The key word I heard there was ‘multiplication’ of our digital strategy movement in our area. I cut a cake with the Indigitous logo on.
Sending missionary abroad is not a common practice in my country Ethiopia. My church took time to appreciate and commission me in prayer for my new assignment. Pastor Zerubabel Mengistu (pictured with me) explained my move to our congregation. The response was very encouraging and I believe many young people are inspired to be part of missional cause.
My national office staff members and Zobloon prayer group also had a time to celebrate what God did in my life and ministry. It was very emotional to me since this group has been my support since I was in 9th grade. I am very thankful for our staff in Ethiopia and our area and for their sacrificial service to the Lord and His people.
I do appreciate my prayer and financial partners, and I’m very thankful to God for their generous giving and prayer in the past! The partnership is special and with excitement and gratitude, I am boarding the plane in a few hours agreeing with apostle Paul
“…..because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.” Philippians 1:5-7
A new adventure
It has indeed been a great adventure the past seven years as I served in digital strategies in Ethiopia and Southern and Eastern Africa.
The Lord brought a new challenge to me. I am taking a role in Cru global digital strategy team to work on digital missions to accelerate evangelism and discipleship efforts around the world. This new role would require me to move to Orlando, Florida where our Cru Global Headquarters is located.
As I prayed about this challenge, the Lord reminded me of my childhood calling and dream. It was that I would one day give people multiple opportunities through technology to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. After much prayer and interaction with wise leaders, I decided to take a step of faith to serve God in this global role – trusting that everyone will someday know someone who truly follows Jesus Christ.
I am excited about this new adventure, and my move to Orlando requires a lot of preparation. Prayer is needed for God’s guidance and provision.
I am responsible for raising all the funds for my salary and ministry expenses. Regular giving is the most helpful for me. The Give a Gift link will help you to set this up. If you are considering offline give option please use the following Cru (Great Commission Ministry) account number in Ethiopia.
Birhan Bank International
Account Number 2500020022441
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God at work from satelites to apps
In 1985, Dr. Bill Bright, founder of our ministry, had a vision to bring 30,000 students from all over the world to one place for an intensive evangelism training week to help fulfill the Great Commission. It became Explo 85. Bailey Marks, pictured with me, was assigned to bring the 30,000 students to the US for this mega training. The logistics, visa process, and airtransportation with a budget of $60 Million was an overwhelming task.
The late Dr. Bill Bright and Bailey Marks and their team took the challenge to the Lord in prayer. While praying, Bailey Marks heard the word ‘Satellite’ which he had no clue at that time what it meant. He investigated and it took him a while to get the right person who knew how satellites worked. There was no Internet to Google and get instant results at that time. 🙂
The voice Bailey Marks heard from the Lord changed the outcome of the Explo 85 campaign. God changed the plan of bringing 30,000 students to one place, into more than 300,000 participants in 98 locations world wide (with a $ 6 Million total budget) by using Satellite technology. God is Amazing! Watch this 3 minutes story below from Egypt about Explo 85!
Today God is still using technology and countless digital platforms and Internet services for His glory. Just in 2015, we saw a total of 35.5 million users interacting with our 7 different digital platforms we have in Cru.
As in Bailey Marks’ story from the past, God is also doing amazing things here in Addis Ababa with mobile technologies. My team has been working on two different Android mobile applications since the “Code for the Kingdom Indigitous” event we had in October 2015. Last week we launched HASCOM and Deep Life Apps on Play store. These two apps are very crucial in changing lives for Jesus in our region.
HASCOM (HabeshaStudent.com) App is web based and targets students with
access to call or write emails after reading articles about God and Life in Amharic. The Deep Life app is a contact management app which aims to help our staff and volunteers have easy access to their disciples database and track their progress of multiplication as they win soul for Christ, disciple them in God’s word and send them out to share their faith in their communities.
Miheret T. Eshete