We just had great Indigitous hackathon events in 42 cities worldwide. This was the third time Indigitous hosted a global collaboration to create locally relevant digital tools and solutions to help fulfill the Great Commission.
My friend Russ Martin and I had the privilege to be at two African locations, Lagos and Accra, with a vibrant, smart Indigitous tribe. Collectively, these two cities worked on eight locally relevant projects.
Russ and I encouraged participants on casting vision for Indigitous communities in West Africa, teamwork, and leadership skills as well as praying together for God to move. We know that there is no digital mission without the Power of the Holy Spirit, just like Bezalel and Oholiab were anointed by God to do some creative innovation way back in the Old Testament (Exodus 36:1-2).
These were some of the projects we worked on during the weekend in those two locations.
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I just came back from a trip to South Africa. I passed through my home country Ethiopia and had one week to connect with my family and friends. The trip had two objectives. The first one was a three-day training for 40 ministry digital leaders in Africa. I spend extended time interacting with these leaders on shaping existing digital ministry opportunities in Africa.
The second objectives was our Indigitous conference in South Africa that had a similar objective as the first one but broader in its scope and not limited to only full-time missionaries. It was a humbling experience for me to look back and share how it began and where we are now with regards to digital strategies in Africa. During this event I had many conversations with leaders. I would like to share my experience with Yomi Adyinka.
Yomi Adeyinka is from Lagos, Nigeria. I have known him via Facebook for some years, but never met face-to-face. When I moved from Ethiopia to Orlando, he posted on my Facebook wall the following words…
That day was in South Africa, and I was very encouraged to meet him and see what God is doing through his life and ministry. I got to appreciate that God use our life decisions as inspiration and encouragement to others whom we don’t even know. This video below shows Yomi’s reflection in 37 seconds
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
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I have known Robel for a long time, and I am impressed with how the Lord is leading him and making him grow. He was one of the Indigitous Addis live-learning speakers. His talk was about a Church SMS (text) system. At the time, he was just developing the system but now he has finished and deployed it to his church in Hawassa, Ethiopia. He started receiving many requests from churches to use his Church SMS system. I interviewed him via email, and this is his story.
How and when did you start the ChurchSMS idea?
It was a sunny day, and our software team held its daily standup meeting in the morning. After the meeting we started working on our issues for the day… adding new features, fixing bugs and all sorts of things. One of the issues of our sprint (short-term goals) was adding the SMS notification module to a big governmental application we were assigned to develop. Our scrum master (product development coach) asked for a volunteer to take care of the whole SMS integration.
I immediately took the chance and did it successfully within a few days. As a developer you enjoy looking at your code in action; I was fascinated by the performance and simplicity of the module I had written. I soon realized that it could become a good product. Read more here
Miheret T. Eshete