A few weeks ago, we posted about a pastor who is an Iranian-national. Pastor Youcef
Nadarkhani has been maliciously hounded and persecuted in that country — even to the point of being rearrested on Christmas Day. The authorities have also arrested his attorney.
Our guest blogger this week is Mirv in North Caroline, a dedicated Online Missionary and twitter for Jesus enthusiast! Mirv has some great insight on “making the most of every opportunity” for Jesus through social media, and he was nice enough to let me share his insight with all of you. I hope you find it helpful, and I’d love to hear from you, too, if you have tips and insight on sharing Jesus through social media. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and mark the subject line “SOCIAL MEDIA.”
Our Campbell office was lucky enough to have Vivian in our office as our winter intern! Instead of taking a break during her university's winter 'break', she chose to spend her time with our marketing team. Having Vivian here really helped us to move forward in big ways as we search for new leads on stories to share about God's impact through online missions. We miss her already and pray that God will continue to use her in amazing ways.
As an Internet ministry, we’ve seen and been very aware of the ways countries have regulated and controlled the availability of the internet. It’s even been shut off completely for up to a few days in some countries. One of the most recent events where that happened, which you probably remember, was during the Arab Spring in Egypt in 2011. Fortunately, we’ve also seen how God used those events to draw people closer to Him. He has even used many of you as an integral part of teaching them what it looks like to have a relationship with Jesus.
We really hope that God has blessed you with a wonderful time of celebrating Christmas in December and bringing in the New Year with anticipation for what God will do this year. We rejoice together that God made His Word come to fruition, in the form of the precious Baby Who grew to become our Saviour!
The recent US tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary has reminded us that we live in a broken world with broken people. Yet we have a Savior who mourns with us. It’s difficult to process such a sad event. We hope and pray that you will join us as a community of brothers and sisters in Christ to support, comfort and lift up in prayer the families and friends affected.
Got questions about online missions? Or maybe you have some helpful suggestions that you have found useful in your personal online ministry and you’d like to share with others. Well, we would really like to start helping to facilitate live conversations that get your questions answered and your tips shared. This month we had our first “Online Missionary Quick Tips” webcast to do just that!
Here in America at this time of year, we celebrate and praise God for the bounty of the harvest that has been brought in from the fields and farms. The holiday of Thanksgiving includes many wonderful and loving traditions such as getting together with family, cooking and eating many different dishes, the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, and more.
We can’t say it enough - we are so grateful to have such amazing, dedicated, compassionate, and gifted OM’s on our team! We thank God EVERYDAY for blessing us with volunteers like you - but most importantly, for blessing all the people coming to our websites everyday.
Christian students sometimes have to be careful not to become distracted from having their identity founded in God’s love and their place as His children. Many take the words of the Apostle Paul to Timothy seriously: “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, [and] in your love, your faith, and your purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12).
Friend of GMO (and former US Ambassador to Bermuda) Gregory Slayton will “bless” GMO by appearing as the keynote speaker for our upcoming event, Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Union League Club in New York City. He has been a partner and advocate for GMO since its inception in 2004.
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13
8-year-old Asjuana Clayton brings a whole new meaning to this verse as she publically forgave the driver of the hit-and-run that left her completely toothless and facing possible amputation of her left leg.
Today's blog comes from a wonderful woman on our GMO staff team. She was asked to share what encouraging words to give to someone in pain. Here is what she has to say:
I am only 30 years old, but I feel like hardly a week goes by in which I don’t have a doctor’s appointment – or at least I’m on the phone with or emailing one. It’s been that way most of my life.
That’s because I have a chronic illness – along with migraine headaches, TMJ disorder, digestive distress, kidney and urinary-tract problems, reproductive-system illness, and bursitis in my hips and knees.
According to CNN, there is a trend on twitter. People are following and conversing with inanimate objects. For example, people are following an empty olympic seat. Cats, snakes, olympic towels and orange construction cones are other top non human twitter feeds. What makes these feeds so popular? According to the CNN article, it is a great way for people to test the twitter waters without tying the account to themselves.
One of the biggest (if not the biggest) selling point of the newest iPhone is Siri. Siri is your own personal virtual assistant. She can make phone calls, book your calendar, and look up restaurants for you. But, according to Peter Pachal with Mashable, apparently there is a new lady on the scene (or in your phone). Her name is Nina. She will operate the same way as Siri, but have some more advanced features.
I have a coworker who is constantly reminding me to bottom line things. "Do not say in ten minutes what you can say in only two." Often we add words without adding meaning. Or, perhaps, words can often not fully describe what we mean. As I thought about how our interns were going to sum up their time at GMO, I realized that this is exactly the sort of experience you can't put into words. There are memories, moments, conversations, new awareness, and challenges that, no matter how many times they say "awesome," "amazing," and "incredible", we can ever reach into and know.
This week's intern update comes from Michael. As part of the internship with GMO, he has become an online missionary. The rest of the interns have noted that Michael is perhaps one of the boldest people in the group. He is often willing to put himself out of his comfort zone to help people. So, we were curious, how/if his experience in online missions would help "offline" missions. Here is what he had to say:
This week's intern blog comes from Jake, our sole techy intern. Perhaps you remember him from the first week, where he confessed that he broke the office coffee pot. We (the coffee lovers) have taken huge steps in forgiving him! But, joking aside, he has an amazing ability to fit right in with everyone's personalities and has a huge heart for ministry. Read one moment that really stood out for him in online missions this week:
Think about someone you love who doesn’t know Jesus. If they could watch just one short video before they died, what would you want it to be like?
You know Global Media Outreach is passionate about sharing Jesus, discipling new believers, and building community – all on the web. We want to convey the most important truths in a way that will reach deep into their heart, give them hope, and show them how those truths can be applied in their lives.