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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.
Forsake our CMS?! Are you mad?
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.
We hold our next Bible Storytelling & Discussion workshop here at MAF-Learning Technologies HQ in Nampa, ID. The first two sessions take place the evenings of Thursday, 7 Aug and Friday 8 Aug. The third session runs all day Saturday, 9 Aug. You may go directly to online registration by clicking the QR code to the right. Or, click on the image below for more information.
Target, Ebay, Adobe, Heartbleed…you’ve heard the news. Slowly people are starting to recognize the need for secure and unique passwords around the world. But, as passwords improve, hackers have just switched to exploiting weaknesses in the website “gatekeeper” software itself—SSL and TLS encryption—which is best known to most internet users as https or the little lock icon.