December 19, 2011
Do you remember the Claymation Christmas special with the California raisins? And the waffeling/waddleing/wasling claymation animals? If not here is a peek:
YouTube is pretty amazing! It allows us to find bits and pieces of movies and songs and allows us to share them with others. What a fun way to stay Jesus focused during Christmas- share videos and songs with your friends and family! You could probably share a song, memory, or video clip a day for a whole week, and everyone would love it!
We’d love to hear, what are some of your favorite Christ Centered YouTube clips?
August 3, 2011
I’m Annie. I’m 20 years old and a college student. I sew patches on my jeans and make my own sundresses. My custom beverage at Starbucks is a grande light ice iced nonfat chai latte. I change the color scheme on my Gmail account because I’m not satisfied with the standard.
My generation craves options. We want to be unique, individual, people who matter, specific. We want to break the norm, bust the tradition. We are the “me’s.” It’s funny, a whole generation with the same attitude—wanting to be different. Ironic really, but that’s how it is.
So how can God—my God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever—the ONE, SINGLE, ONLY God we teach about at Global Media Outreach—ever appeal to a generation determined to be one-of-a-kind?
Yes, we do believe there’s only one God, only one way to live a life totally fulfilled, and only one way to salvation. He’s one size fits all. He’s Jesus. But that’s only the beginning…
God made everyone different (this is on purpose—just try finding two faces that match up perfectly) and He relates to us all differently. God is always and forever the same, but while consistent He’s also dynamic. It’s exciting, how He can surprise us in exclusive ways that speak directly to us as individuals. He fits us all perfectly, and each of us as tight as a glove. NOTHING is like Him. He’s the uniqueness we need.
Psalm 139:13-14 reads, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” God created us. He knows how to give us exactly what we need, how to relate completely to our uniqueness. What could be better?
I love being a part of this new generation of customizers. It’s exciting, it’s innovative—just like our God. He’s surprising and radical—He’ll shock you and revolutionize your expectations. If we let Him, He’ll shatter our norms, our boundaries, our traditions. He’ll make us different and indulge that uniqueness.
Jesus died for each of us individually. Remember that beautiful image of the Shepherd leaving the ninety-nine sheep to go after that one? Each one of us matters so much to Him. He sacrificed Himself and His needs for ours. The only thing any of us can do in return is devote our lives to Him.
It’s not about me anymore. God’s love is an individual gift that brings everyone together. Allow Him to use your uniqueness to draw others to Him. You can do this in so many ways: blogs, conversations, art projects, facebook statuses—take what’s unique about you and employ it!
So I’ll still sew those patches on my jeans. I’ll try to say things in ways nobody else does. I’ll paint crazy pictures on my apartment walls, and I’ll love it all. But I’ll use those special things about me to point to God’s glory.
~Annie Josey (SVSP Intern, 2011)
July 20, 2011
I love adventure. I’m a Carolina girl spending my summer as an intern in California, I dream of moving to Europe after I graduate, and my career possibilities seem endless. Most would say that I’m just young and naive about the real world, but I prefer using my mom’s saying that the world is “my oyster.” I’m not alone in this “oyster” mindset. My generation is full of big dreamers and adventurers; we are visionaries. This could be attributed to pop culture or political changes, but I think that the truth behind the vision is technology.
My generation has grown up with the entire world at our fingertips through emerging technology. Social media, search engines, and smart phones have equipped us to become world-changers. This technology not only allows, but obligates, twenty-somethings to dream big. New technology and the Internet are practically coded into our DNA. So what are we supposed to do with it?
In order to harness our potential, I believe that we need the help of older generations. In the book of Acts, Barnabus encourages Paul and helps him to develop his ministry. Barnabus enabled Paul to make an impact in the world for Christ by his example. Barnabus and Paul traveled together, taught together, and lived out God’s purpose for their lives. My generation needs people like Barnabus; people to guide the way and share their journey. We have a lot of dreams, but in order to bring them to fruition we need enablers. We need teachers and mentors to show us the way.
If you look at your community, you will see the potential that these young adults hold. My generation will soon become the world’s leaders, and you have the opportunity to make an impact. Connect with them through new technologies and embrace the shift that they are creating in society. The way people interact is being revolutionized through social media, and it is important that we know how it works. Allow my generation to show you the future, and then share some of your wisdom in exchange. If you are an online missionary with younger disciples, then don’t underestimate the power that your e-mail encouragement holds. Become a Barnabus and enable the younger generation to make a difference in the world for Christ using the tools they have been given. Encourage them to develop their vision and encourage them to utilize technology to pursue it. Embrace the dreams of the dreamers. Embrace the incredible knowledge they hold. Embrace your opportunity to enable the world changers.
~Amber Marshall (SVSP Intern 2011)
July 15, 2011
Aggie Hertel is the Community Leader for the 32 online missionaries at her church, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. As the Community Leader, Aggie doesn’t leave the hard work to the missionaries at her church; she gets her hands dirty by working in the spiritual “trenches” as she communicates with seekers all over the world. Aggie has had some very interesting interactions with her contacts. One of those contacts is Laddha, a handicapped woman from Cambodia. Confined to a wheelchair, Laddha e-mailed Aggie nearly every day last summer, as she wanted to learn more about the Bible. After five months of communication, Laddha asked Aggie for help to teach young children about Jesus. She aimed to create a retreat for children who are AIDS victims or children of AIDS victims. Last fall, 120 children attended the retreat Laddha hosted, and 60 children accepted Christ as their Savior. Aggie continues to talk to Laddha, who plans to baptize those who are now in relationship with Christ in Cambodia.
July 11, 2011
Today, this is popular:
It’s not profound, it isn’t meaningful— it’s not even that clever. And yet, it still explodes on the internet. It has hundreds of thousands of views, clogs our news feeds, and it easily comes up in conversation.
This is just one example of the power of social media, and more specifically youth through social media. They are the ones who have the influence. They make random and pointless videos, pictures, and words go viral in a matter of hours—FOR NO REASON. They start the trends.
So what would happen if instead of watching Nigel Thornberry remixes, tweeting about double rainbows, and changing profile pictures to celebrity lookalikes, the youth started buzzing about…Jesus? What if we gave them a reason to stop taking that quiz to figure out which Disney princess they are, and instead spread the message of God’s love for everyone? Can you imagine what would happen if THAT caught on?
First, there would be the phenomenon that is the message of love. Over 1.5 million people have watched Rebecca Black’s music video “Friday.” The song includes lyrics like this one: “Fun, fun, think about fun, you know what it is.” If they were to be infused and inspired by the gospel, they could be listening to, and sharing lines like this instead: “God loves you, and wants to be close to you.” Now that would be a trend with lasting power.
So here’s the challenge: let’s see how fast God’s love can catch on! Let’s saturate the young people with Jesus’ love so they can spread it in exponential ways. It’s like when you have a cold, and you sneeze on a communal bowl of mints. There’s almost no limit to how far those germs can spread. Just in this case, Jesus is the only infectious REMEDY.
~Annie Josey (SVSP Intern, 2011)
June 13, 2011
When the church was born (Acts 2), God poured out His Spirit on a group of unqualified, unequipped men who would later turn the entire world upside down with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. In this moment of uncertainty, the first Christ followers in History, cried out for God to meet them in the midst of their weakness and confusion, and on the day of Pentecost, God answered their prayer with the might of His Spirit.
In their time of greatest need, God took the little they had to offer and multiplied it above and beyond what they could have asked or hoped for. In this moment of weakness, God supernaturally moved through them in power to begin what we call the great commission. Now, two thousand years later, God has poured out His Spirit yet again on the day of Pentecost during our moment of uncertainty and weakness.
We had made plans to reach 1,000,000 people with the Gospel On Sunday, June 12th. This is done through blitzing the Internet with ads containing a simple Gospel presentation designed to meet people in their moment of need.
As the market grows, advertisement is becoming more and more expensive. On Friday, June 9, 2011, we were in the midst of a moment of uncertainty. While we believed God for 1,000,000 opportunities to share the gospel on Pentecost Sunday, we thought we lacked the funds to support it. In fact, we believed we would be limited to reaching about one third of that number.
Despite the dismaying odds, we pressed on by faith, and, on Sunday, God miraculously provided. Not only were we able to meet the original goal to reach 1 million, but also we managed to set a new record in GMO history by reaching 1,917,885 people with the Gospel. Out of these, 185,000 individuals indicated decisions for Christ. In a single day, almost 200 thousand individuals, whom we know of, were welcomed into the kingdom of heaven.
This is a miracle of epic proportions. Praise God for taking the little we have and using unqualified, unequipped people to turn the world upside down. Praise God that His Dominion reaches not only the natural, but the virtual as well. Praise God that His Spirit is not limited to our physical reach and that He is actively reaching individuals through their computer screens.
Please continue to pray for each individual that receives Christ through one of our websites. We are not called to simply reach the entire world, but we are commissioned to make disciples of all nations. Pray that God would strengthen the online missionaries as they take time to love and disciple each person that responds. Out of the millions of contacts we make, each person is an individual with specific needs and a specific destiny. God knows each one intimately and is willing to leave the many for the one. Our ministry should not be defined by large numbers but by our ability to make true disciples of Christ and mature sons and daughters of God.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
October 20, 2010
While mobile technology is reaching out into all different parts of the word, it is still true that computers and high speed internet connections are luxuries in many parts of the world. We wanted to introduce you to two Campus Crusade staff members who have decided to do something about this, and set up a communications center in Francophone Africa. Please meet:
Kennedy Nsom (and his family):
Kennedy not only works as Campus Crusade for Christ’s Virtually Led Ministries Director for Francophone Africa, he is also one of our Community Leader Shepherds. This means that he oversees many different online communities who are reaching the world for Jesus.
Also, meet Augustin Tchenkoua (and his family):
Augustin has just become our overall GMO coordinator in Francophone Africa.
Together both of these men oversee The Communications Center, which provides a place where Christians can conduct online ministry- including volunteering as Online Missionaries (OMs) with GMO. They also use this facility for training new OMs.
Here is a picture of the Communication Center:
Here are a few Online Missionaries going through training:
And last, here are the OMs hard at work, reaching people for Jesus on the internet:
(If you are can’t see the pictures, try going here)