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Our Digital World

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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director

“Digital” Alters Everything, Everywhere, for Everyone!

This headline, found in the Digital Evangelism Issue (12/17/2013), reminded me of the Maasai warrior in Kenya who slid his Nokia cell phone through the loop in his ear so that his hands would be free to shepherd his cattle! Or, the time I was in India and at an intersection I saw this young, nicely dressed, Sikh, businessman walking across the street just jabbering away with animated arms flying. I thought he might be a bit crazy until he turned and faced me at the crosswalk. I saw that he had his cell phone wedged between his jaw bone and his turban so that his hands were free to “talk!” It gives a whole new meaning to the term “hands-free device,” doesn’t it?

Digital technology archives everything from breaking news, to blogs, TV shows, to homemade videos, and it’s all at our fingertips. Mobile Apps allow us to mix business and pleasure easily and instantly.
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Dave Raley said something that really struck me in his article The Mobile Revolution, in OUTCOMES magazine. Dave said that for every Christian organization the question is not, “Do we need a mobile strategy?” The question is “Now that the mobile revolution is upon us, at this stage in our development, how does our ministry need to respond?”

In 2014, we at GNPI will be talking with you about our strategy to use the mobile phone as the next BIG delivery system. Just like the uplink dish of the 80’s, the mobile phone is THE delivery system that alters everything, everywhere, for everyone.

I’d like to talk more about this with you, but three-year old granddaughter, Brynlee, wants to play with the painting App on my phone!

Happy New Year!

PS: Speaking of archived news, here’s a 2013 “year in review” video I found. I thought you might like it.

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