We shouldn’t wonder about the reach of technology, nor just what can come across its lines, but as an editorial in a recent edition of Christian Computing Magazine explains, being exposed to new behaviors because of mobile and other technology doesn’t take away the need people have to connect with this faith. Here’s a snippet of the editorial:
…I do my best to keep up, even in areas that I am not comfortable using, such as texting (I still think a phone call is a much better way to go). However, last month I received a simple text to my phone that said, “Is this Steve Hewitt?” I replied, “Yes”. The mystery person then texted, “Can I ask you about how to become a Christian?” I spent the next two hours, slowly sending text messages back and forth with this person, answering their questions, and eventually texting them a prayer they could say to accept Christ as their savior. After it was over, they revealed who they were…
- Read this rest of Steve Hewitt’s editorial for the March 2012 edition of Christian Computing Magazine (PDF)
- Read March 2012′s Christian Computing Magazine (PDF)
- Visit the Christian Computing Magazine website
Aside: there’s also a neat article in that issue about stepping into digital evangelism (PDF) which might light a fire under some of your efforts to get others involved in this space.
This editorial took place by simply sharing one’s mobile number and being open to the contact. That’s not something which can be stated too much – its not just having the tech, but using it in the space of being available. The 1st characteristic for mobile is that its personal. Don’t lose out on this point. You don’t just broadcast and wait, you engage (consistently, openly, honestly).
For wider and more administrative means for using SMS/MMS in ministry, check out our listing of services/service providers. Just, be open for the contact that you didn’t script.