Life has changed for the better thanks to the many advancements that modern man has accomplished during the most recent century or so. The global standard of our homes, hygiene, and health has risen dramatically during this timeframe. Perhaps even more so, our transportation, telecommunications, and overall technology has radically transformed the way that we as humans function throughout our everyday lives.
In the midst of such overwhelming progress, however, many men and women still live heavily entrenched in the midst of profound difficulty and darkness.
Using Technology to Minister to Soldiers and Missionaries
“And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.”
(Matthew 24:12 ESV)
Though many of us live in some of the safest and most peaceful parts of the world, a large majority of the planet’s population still regularly encounters darkness in the form of political corruption, sex trafficking, child slavery, terrorism in the name of religion, judicial injustice, mob violence, and sadly much more. To use the prophetic words of Jesus, lawlessness has increased and the hearts of many have grown cold.
Most run away from these dangerous parts of our world as fast as they can and as soon as they can, seeking safe harbor elsewhere to lay their heads. Though this is the case for most, there are some who have come from places of safety and peace that have chosen to charge headlong into these dark places with the gospel of our Lord and the hope of peace, aiming to plant His saving news and kingdom into the native soil and establish justice as deeply as they can into the broken culture that surrounds them.
We are Christian ministers, and thanks to the many advancements of our times, we have the ability to not only minister to those in our local communities, but also to those who are serving in far off places. Though these folks encourage many, they are in desperate need of encouragement, themselves. As many press on in faithfulness in the midst of their many obstacles and oppressors, our voice can reach them, no matter how far off, and lift up their hearts if we are intentional to find ways to make that happen, specifically through using technology.
Normally, when pastors come to me seeking to use video streaming as a ministry tool, they have one or two applications in mind. Perhaps they want to use video to reach college students in their area or folks that are ill with extended stays in the hospital. A few months into streaming, however, I have gotten used to regularly hearing from pastors who excitedly share with me that streaming has not only reached their original target audiences, but a global gathering as well. Specifically, they’ll regularly tell me how their new ministry streaming tool has been reaching both soldiers and missionaries.
Soldiers and missionaries have both chosen to live extreme and sacrificial lives for the safety and betterment of others. They are typically strong and courageous individuals, however, even the strongest in their midst still experience regular loneliness and discouragement while away on mission. Live and archived video of your Sunday morning services provide these men and women the opportunity to connect not only to home on a regular basis, but to God, as well.
Overall, though times are dark in our world today, every church has the creative opportunity to extend the reach of their ministries beyond their walls. Using technology can bless soldiers and missionaries who are often discouraged, disheartened, in danger, and in need of spiritual encouragement. Consider starting a streaming ministry through your church to help soldiers, missionaries, and others afar connect with your congregation and receive spiritual encouragement wherever they are.
As it says in Psalm 67:2-4,
“May your ways be known throughout the earth,
your saving power among people everywhere.
May the nations praise you, O God.
Yes, may all the nations praise you.
Let the whole world sing for joy,
because you govern the nations with justice
and guide the people of the whole world.”
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