Mike Schrage, Executive Director
I received an email from my insurance provider highlighting the four top technologies expected to impact the health world – telehealth, mobile apps, wearables, and data sharing.
This caused me to consider what the four top technologies to impact global missions today would be. Number one, in my estimation, would be Internet access, which is the foundation of many other technologies. Around 40% of the world’s population has an Internet connection today. In 1995, it was less than 1%. http://www.internetlivestats.com/internet-users/
The second technology with a great impact is the cell phone. Even in the most remote areas, Christian workers can communicate with one another and with the outside world. They can store teaching materials in print, as well as audio files like worship music, and videos like teaching series or dramas. It is estimated that 4.77 billion cell phones will be in use globally at the beginning of 2017. https://deviceatlas.com/blog/16-mobile-market-statistics-you-should-know-2016
The third technology, Facebook, has a seamless flow of personal and missional information in text and visual formats. I have friends in the Muslim world who are using Facebook as the ideal “front door” in their early steps of evangelism to help identify those who are open to spiritual dialog about God, Christ, and the Church.
Finally, I would suggest various social media apps are important for global missions. In India and other countries, the social media app of choice is “WhatsApp” with its capacity to work effectively over Wi-Fi and move data in short bursts to individuals or groups and at no cost. Over 70 million people in India use WhatsApp. http://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/news/whatsapp-in-over-109-countries-with-70-million-users-in-india-study-841858
It can be discouraging to see all the trouble in the world today, but even so the Lord is opening doors to spread the Gospel in new ways.