Learning season is back in full swing especially for our brothers and sisters in El Salvador who just completed their first pastor training session with MAF Tech Resources, along with four other partnering organizations. This was the first of many training sessions aimed at helping to equip local pastors in Santa Ana, El Salvador and the surrounding regions.
Ray Bakke, a leading missional leader, has observed that, “Missions is no longer across the ocean and geographically distant; it is across the street and is culturally distant, in our cities and in cities on all six continents.
Are you prepared for today’s mobile ministry challenge? In the words of David Pasipamire, ministering in Zimbabwe for Life Ministry Zimbabwe—a Campus Crusade for Christ ministry, “We are living in an oral world and a digital world and the two need to be connected. This in turn affects the way we teach, educate and help people to learn.” The challenge is to pioneer mobile ministry solutions for people that can help them orally, as David puts it, “carry out Jesus’ Great Commission within their own spheres, region, people group, or tribe, using local languages.”
Something big is about to happen at MAF. Learning Technologies (LT) and Information Technology (IT) are merging to create one joint technical resource ministry team. After almost 70 years of offering technology solutions, MAF is continuing to strengthen ministry impact by merging these crafts in order to serve unengaged and isolated communities around the world.
With the increased globalization and urbanization of our world in the 21st century, Western mission organizations are adapting by recognizing the increased need for mutuality and partnership with the local communities they serve. There is a focused effort to identify, empower and invest in specific local leaders, programs and communities rather than rely on the traditional Western “resource and advice” mission’s philosophy. Former missionary Raymond DeHainaut provides a poignant personal example illustrating the struggle to implement this 21st century mission’s philosophy:
Over 65% to 85% of the world’s population prefers to learn through oral communications—telling stories, listening, and discussing things with each other—rather than by reading. So, how can we reach this population of people for Christ and communicate to them the spiritual and practical knowledge that they need? This is the heartbeat behind the Best Field Practices (BFP) group.
View the EasyEnglish Bible on your mobile device! The EasyEnglish Bible is a 1,200 word vocabulary English translation. This version of the EasyEnglish Bible provides improved HTML markup consistency, offers clickable word definitions/descriptions, a Bible book index, and improved readability for users. Now more people will have access to God’s word from their mobile devices! The EasyEnglish Bible is great for those who are studying the Bible with English as their second language.
We sit around the table (again…) hammering out the next version of our website. I ask, “Why don’t we ditch our CMS (Content Management System) and write this one in raw code?” Some furrow brows while others roll their eyes. Not without reason. The CMS industry exists so web masters don’t have to be code ninjas to make fancy sites play nice. CMS providers offer packages that, more or less, work right out of the box. Fill in appropriate blanks with your organizations’s name, logo, tag line, add some content and, voilà, a useable website materializes.
In ministry, successful growth isn’t only measured in terms of numerical or statistical increases. What if there was a way that your ministry could experience significant growth “beyond the numbers?” Contextualizing the content of your ministry’s training and resource materials for the specific cultures and communities that your ministry serves is the key.