Just as my co-worker was closing his laptop, Flora's chat message caught his eye. Her message read, "Hey, I would want to know more of Jesus..."
Singapore's churches had rented out the National Stadium, with a capacity of 50,000 people, for a series of events called the Celebration of Hope. Broadcasting the event online was a strategy we helped pitch to event organizers and helped make a reality.
"Pearl, can you take Flora?" my teammate asked a fellow online responder. "Sure," smiled Pearl as she sent a message back to Flora and then quickly headed to catch the last subway train home, continuing to chat with Flora on her mobile device.
The next morning, checking the messages, we were thrilled to learn that Flora and Pearl had chatted online until 2:30 am when Pearl helped Flora commit her life to Christ. Flora had watched the event online. God's Spirit was working and had used Pearl to answer Flora's questions and calm her fears. Praise God!
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Sarah*, a young middle-eastern woman, loved Facebook. She used it to communicate with friends the way all Facebook users do. But one night she entered Facebook and met a man who enabled her to escape one life and begin another.
Experience had taught Sarah early in life that she was just someone’s wife. She was forced into a marriage with a man 40 years her elder. He was a member of a terrorist group. After he divorced her, another marriage soon followed to an older man who also discarded Sarah when he was done with her. Her father then forced her to marry again, to a man believed to be a senior member of another terrorist group. He wanted to use Sarah to recruit other young women from her country as wives for his comrades.
He told Sarah that she was his property, his to do whatever he wanted.
But then one night, searching through Facebook, she found a new friend called Milad. As they chatted via Messenger, Milad said, “Let me introduce you to another man who loves you and doesn’t want anything from you.” Sarah stared at her screen and gradually encountered Jesus.
Questions went back and forth. Sarah had never heard the Gospel message.
Before the conversation was over, she told Milad that she wanted to follow Jesus, she wanted to belong to Him. Her new Facebook friend led her through a prayer as she chose to begin a relationship with her savior.
After telling her family about her decision, Sarah’s five-year-old son was taken from her and she knew that her life was in danger. She needed to leave her country but had no money. She prayed to God. Within hours an old friend called her offering an apology. “I’m so sorry it’s taken me this long to return the money I borrowed from you but I have your $1000 now,” her friend said. The next day Sarah was on a plane to a safer environment where she could find other believers.
Milad had helped her find Jesus and now introduced her to a new community. She joined a group of people from similar backgrounds who would gather for meals at Easter and Christmas, people often bereft of family to celebrate these festivals with.
One Christian leader in that country estimates that as many as 95 percent of Muslim background believers he sees come to know Jesus begin that journey by meeting another Christian online. Virtual friendships grow into face to face relationships. Stories are shared and their effect is being multiplied in a region where asking questions about Jesus means taking a risk.
Sarah’s story has been shared with over 60,000 unique Arab readers so far on an evangelistic website. 300 people have indicated a decision to follow Christ after encountering her in the digital world. Sarah longs to see her son and hopes one day to share the Gospel in her home country.
*For security reasons, all names have been changed.
We celebrated God's wonderful work in the middle east by sharing Sarah's story. I hope you find this encouraging. This story was written and shared by ROSS MCCALL on www.indigitous.org and used with permission.
How to Get More Facebook Likes
How do you get more likes for your Facebook page? More importantly, how do you get people involved in your cause through a Facebook page? The number of likes on your Facebook page is as important as wanting people to join your cause in a physical offline ministry. In both cases, the higher the number, the higher the momentum will be.
Keep these key principles in mind
The Free Way: The following tips increase your circle for free, which will eventually bring you more likes. It may seem slow at first, but I assure you if you keep doing these you will get an amazing result.
Read my previous post : Keep your Facebook Engagement High
What God did in Kinshasa
I am safely home from my Kinshasa trip. Your partnership with me, enabled me to train 33 leaders from 9 French-speaking (Francophone) countries in Africa. The trainees were friendly with contagious smile. Our missionaries, students and some professionals were excited to engage in digital mission to make a difference. In Africa there is a rapid growing mobile market and even faster growth in the number of social media users.
God is at work and people are hearing the gospel. For example, Riche Mbengi Mayele is a Law student in Kinshasa. He used to face challenges to start spiritual conversations with students on campus. Now, because of the tablet strategy he learned, students are open to explore more about Jesus. He passionately shared how the tablet with the Jesus Film and God Tools apps are helping him to connect well with students.
Riche led Emmanuel to the Lord after using a Jesus film clip and the Four Spiritual Laws (evangelistic) presentation. Riche used his tablet to do follow up with Emmanuel, by showing him the “Walking with Jesus” discipleship series. Now Emmanuel is joining Riche to reach other students for Jesus.
Another example is Bayang Mo-gnanguele, a staff member in Chad. He is very passionate about using Facebook to share the gospel.
His Facebook page attracted Rita, who works in the Customs office. Rita was following posts and Bible verses posted by Bayang. One day Rita sent a message on Facebook, requesting help and Bayang responded. They discovered they were in the same city so Rita invited Bayang to his home. Once there and sharing with them, Rita and all his family members gave their lives to Jesus. Bayang continued with regular chats with Rita and challenged him to talk about God with others. Rita is very outgoing and started talking about his new found Savior to his Muslim friend. Soon his Muslim friend becomes a believer and he is now in the follow up. The story doesn’t end here. Even as a new Christian, this Muslim man is preaching the gospel to others we can not reach. Watch the interview I did with Bayang
Hello, one of the key measurement in running Facebook pages is knowing the engagement rate. This is a very common question but there is no one answer to it. This is because things change on Facebook fast, and I also realized this is one of the big challenge everyone facing on Facebook metrics.
The following post by Lauren Berry gives good idea and practical tips about Facebook Engagement. She gives the following three ways to look at engagement rate and engagement averages on Facebook.
1. Creating an Internal Benchmark
2. Monitoring Engaged Users
3. Stacking Up Competitively
Read the full article here
Miheret T. Eshete