As our world continues to change and becomes far more Internet-oriented, numerous opportunities are becoming available for Christians worldwide. Mission outreaches, once limited to those who could physically travel around the world, are now only a mouse click away.
One of the most powerful ways Christians are reaching others daily is through social networking sites like Xianz.com, FaithLight.com, HolyPal.com, and Tangle.com, faith-based online communities similar to MySpace and YouTube. Some individuals who visit these sites are looking to network with others with similar beliefs, while others are actively searching for answers to faith-based questions. In either case, your presence can communicate a life-changing message to others internationally.
As well, setting up a personal web page on non faith-based sites like Facebook or common-interest forums and networking with others can open doors for meaningful contact with individuals around the world, twenty-four hours a day. Even with limited time for outreach, a personal testimony on your social networking site web page can begin to change lives around the world. Devoting extra time to network has the potential to make an impact.
Google’s Keyword Search Tool shows that over sixteen million people searched the Internet for information about the keyword “God” in January 2009, more than five million more than in previous months. This does not even include searches with the keyword “Christianity” or “Bible,” which have also increased dramatically. Mission opportunities are abundant in whatever way Christians want to reach others on the Internet. With the click of a mouse, Christians can be one step closer to making a meaningful impact on others worldwide. —Jeanne Henry