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Is Online Evangelism Possible?

Friday, November 6th, 2009

I recently read a blog post that asked, “Is online evangelism possible?” I was a little surprised to see that.  Of course it’s possible!!  Evangelism is a conversation, taking place within a relationship, that intentionally and specifically explains the need for salvation and the means to attain it. Whether it happens online or at Starbucks it’s entirely the same – conversation, relationship, truth, action.

I think where we get into trouble is when people expect the technology to somehow do the work of evangelism for them.  There is no testimony-bot, at least not one that works.  Technology does not evangelize on autopilot.  What technology does is provide a situation, a context, for the conversation to occur in.  Once the conversation has started I have the opportunity to develop a relationship and within that, having gained the right to speak into your life I can start to talk about the Truth.

  Does it happen? All the time.

TruthMedia has built PowertoChange.com as our main evangelistic and discipleship site.  You might think that the articles on the site are the point, but they’re not. The articles are a doorway.  People come to the site because they’re interested in a topic.  Once on the site we do everything we can to get them to talk to a mentor, join a chat, request prayer or leave a comment.  The whole site aims to start a conversation because that conversation in the first step in a relationship that can be truly life changing.

I saw it happen just the other day. Someone came to our site to read an article on trust.  She left a comment about the situation she was in with her boyfriend.  She started a conversation.  I commented back to her, sharing some of my own story, and asking if she would like to talk to a mentor.  Now there’s a relationship.  She responded within the hour saying that she would love to talk to a mentor, could I set that up for her.  I did, gladly.  By now she will have heard from the mentor and I can guarantee you that the mentor shared the Gospel with her (we train mentors very carefully and coach continually to ensure this is happening). Whether she comes to Christ or not is her action. Evangelism is happening.

No one has ever walked up to me in the grocery store and said “hey, I think my daughter might be in trouble, can you help?” but I have had people comment on my testimony and ask exactly that.    Conversation, relationship, truth, action – starting the conversation online makes the whole world available to you.

~ Claire Colvin   Sr. Ed., Power to Change

Fun Times in Chat

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

One of our field-ed chat students encouraged us so much we wanted to share it with you.

SOOOOOO MUCH FUN TONIGHT – I LOVED IT!!! You don’t know how much joy this ministry is bringing me – really!!!! I’ve been struggling lately with everything and this ministry just brings me soo much joy and i always leave feeling so good inside. The topics are amazing, and while i’m suppose to minister to others, it’s ministering to me, and helping shape my heart and helping me grow. I LOVE IT!!! I’m sooo glad that i’m apart of this ministry. I always look forward to Mondays : ) Thank you, thank you, thank you!! You guys are sooo awesome!!!

You too can take a faith adventure by getting involved.

The Unseen Team

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
TM team

TM team

Although we rarely “see” them, we often pray for those who serve with TM in areas outside of chat. Since few on our chat team have met the folks behind the scenes, we thought you might like to see a few of the faces of TruthMedia.  These staff members recently attended a special evening at our staff conference. (Not all of our staff members were available at the time of the photo.) These team members represent those who keep our sites running with content, design, mentoring, programming and technical know-how. We praise God for these faithful servants whose hearts, minds and hands are engaged behind the scenes at TM!

TruthMedia’s Weekly Encouraging E-mails and Prayer Requests

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Hello Everyone,
 
Here are some encouraging emails and prayer requests from this last week of ministry in TruthMedia.
 
Blessings as we serve together,

Lynnette
TruthMedia Internet Group

Prayer Requests:
My husband has been unfaithful, he is now overseas working for a couple of
months, please pray for the will of God in our marriage. Co-worker would be
able to minister to him. Pray for the unwanted lady, that she would just
leave him. Please pray for Peace of mind for me, thank you. Blessings.
(Canada)

Praise The Lord.  I am a second year BBA student. I want to get an admission for MBA in a good college. SO PLEASE PRAY FOR ME.
THANK YOU.  (India)

I lost my job 2 months ago due to the company doing a reduction in workforce – my position was eliminated. I ask for prayer in God’s will to obtain a job soon.  Thank you!  (USA)

Messages coming into The Mentor Center:
I am looking to become a better Christian and a better CHRISTIAN WIFE. I amcurrently having marital difficulties and my husband has indicated he wants to get separated.  I have ups and downs with the thought of whether I am right to insist on working on our marriage as opposed to ending it. I would greatly appreciate any advice on becoming a better Christian, per se, as well as some advice on saving my marriage. My husband doesn¹t even want to pray with me anymore, and it makes me very sad and depressed. Please help with any advice. May God bless you and your family.  (USA)

I am really having a hard time trusting God. And I want to so bad. But I am
not being patient about it. I just go with him and then I get impatient and
go my own way and end up hurt. And I am so attached to this guy that broke
up with me. And I wish I didn¹t like him or want him. I am just so confused
and stressed out right now. I know Gods there it just doesn¹t feel like he
is fulfilling my life as I would like. Please help me.  (USA)

TruthMedia’s Weekly Encouraging E-mails and Prayer Requests

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Hello Everyone,
 
Here are some encouraging emails and prayer requests from this last week of ministry in TruthMedia.
 
Blessings as we serve together,

Lynnette
TruthMedia Internet Group

Prayer Requests:
I just want prayers for my family and myself were going through a death in
the family and it hurts also I need a prayer to have strength in completing
college classes my junior year in HIGHSCHOOL…I know its going to be a lot
of stress and I just need a prayer to keep me focused.  (USA)

Messages coming into The Mentor Center:
Dear father, I am a Bangladeshi Muslim. Now working in Dubai. I want
change my life to the Christianity. Because, I like Christianity. I want
proselyte to the Christianity. This is my dream and thing. So, if you can
help me, I will proselyte to the Christianity. How can I proselyte from
Dubai? Please tell me.  (Bangladesh)

My parents are getting divorced. I feel lost. I¹m struggling at school.
(USA)

Good day I have this question that I want to ask but the way I read your
story I fell bad because it happens to me too my mother left me went I was 5
months and she ran away and up to now I don’t now where she is but thank God
that I have finished my college I now i’m working please what I want you to
help me to give the way to see her and the funny thing is that my father is
not alive to he died because of their thing that happen between he and my
mother.  (Nigeria)

Messages from people being mentored:
Hello I found an email from quite some time ago where you and I were
corresponding. You were so helpful during that time that I thought I would
seek your advice again if you still do that sort of thing. Last Sunday I was
involved in a very bad accident. Me and my children were in a car accident
in which the driver of the other vehicle did not survive. He drove out into
oncoming traffic on the highway and the accident was unavoidable. My mind
understands the circumstances of the event, but my heart is having
difficulty getting over it.  I was wondering if there was any advice you
could give me on how to move forward. Any assistance you can offer would be
greatly appreciated. Thank you!  (USA)

TruthMedia’s Weekly Encouraging E-mails and Prayer Requests

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Hello Everyone,

Here are some encouraging emails and prayer requests from this last week of ministry in TruthMedia.

Blessings as we serve together,

Lynnette
TruthMedia Internet Group

Thanks so much for your prayer, i have not been online as much for the past few weeks, i’m feeling better about everything, and my head is definitely clearer. I’m patiently waiting on God to reveal everything in His time, it’s hard some times, but i’m learning to wait on Him. Please keep me in your prayers, as i wait to see where God is leading me, spiritually, personally and professionally.

Thanks for your words. I know this is advice in the right direction, and I know I’ve come a long way. It’s been 7 months since we separated, and are now getting back together, after much talk and much effort. I am thankful to God that he has allowed us this second chance, and know that if we can only get through this part, we will be able to save our marriage and be able to be a happy family again.

Thank you so much for the prayer. I can’t stop thanking the Lord enough for saving my child. I Praise His Holy Name. Thank you so much for praying for me and my family. The Lord has been so good. I know that He will now bring my ex-husband home, In Jesus Name.

Thank you for the email, its pretty special when a total stranger writes
you. I would enjoy talking to you just let me know. Thanks

TruthMedia’s Weekly Encouraging E-mails and Prayer Requests

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Hello Everyone,

Here are some encouraging emails and prayer requests from this last week of ministry in TruthMedia.

Blessings as we serve together,

Lynnette
TruthMedia Internet Group

Praise the Lord for your mentoring service. I¹m in deep depressed and need God’s help. I’m 23 years old, a born again Christian, a licensed counselor in Mainland China so that I fully understand the importance of sexual purity before marriage. Yet I can’t control but fall in this area given the love toward him. We confessed our sin before God and made every efforts to avoid this. As a result we still can¹t help but continuing the relationship. Please help me given I don¹t have the strength to follow God¹s teaching but knowing this is something driving me away from Him.

Country: China

I am a Jewish man. People have been talking to me about the Messiah. I remembered Campus Crusade from college, as a roommate was involved and alsotalked to me. What can I look at or pray to learn more? I only can respond via e-mail, as I am nervous.

Country: US

i had a failure in my love not because of misunderstanding but because of unmatched horoscope all the person who saw my horoscope has told that if i get marry with the person sure we will get separated but i love him so much at the same time i cant do anything with out my mother permission. my only faith is my prayer to God. will God solve my problem if i will keep praying. will he bless me? will he make me to get marry with him? will he make my mother to accept?

COUNTRY: India

I thank you for your response I really did not think that I would be hearing back from anyone but I can say I do appreciate it. I have prayed that prayer and I have printed it out and will be passing it on to my friend. Thank you for taking the time to life me up in prayer what a wonderful gift from a sister in Christ. It is encouraging to know that others have you in their thoughts and prayers. I do intend to begin my journey today. I know I am thankful for you and your time to think of me today.

TruthMedia’s Weekly Encouraging E-mails and Prayer Requests

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Hello Everyone,

Here are some encouraging emails and prayer requests from this last week of ministry of ministry in TruthMedia.

Blessings as we serve together,

Lynnette
TruthMedia Internet Group

Prayer Requests:

Please pray so that I can have a job that the Lord Jesus wants me to have and so that the Lord could bring me the love of my Life to end my loneliness.
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

That God would give me strength to cast the burden, grief, anger and betrayal I feel at my husband’s affair of longstanding. That I would not wish for him and his love any harm and that I can feel and hear God clearly in my life. I give Him my burden and I keep taking it back. I just want what God wants for me.
COUNTRY: Canada

Messages from people being mentored:

i want to thank you.. for the prayer and help you have provided me… i thank god for people so kind and full of love in your heart to help people like me… i will review all information you have provided me.. may god please you today and always. thank you.

Thank you so much for your reply. Even though I already knew what you said is true, sometimes it just helps to tell someone how I am feeling. We have been through so much…..I know that God is in control though. Thank you again for caring and praying with and for me.

TruthMedia’s Weekly Encouraging E-mails and Prayer Requests

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Hello Everyone,

Here are some encouraging emails and prayer requests from this last week of ministry in TruthMedia.

Blessings as we serve together,

Lynnette
TruthMedia Internet Group

I was enlightened to know the need to know God’s word more deeply, to pray more earnestly, to equip myself more strongly, and to wait patiently for the one who God prepare for me. May our Lord bless your serving. THANKS.
COUNTRY: China

I am having more problems with my marriage. My husband was released from prison & he had made so many promises to me about wanting to be a godly man.  He has broken every single promise and we are constantly fighting. I am not going to church anymore because I feel so ashamed. I am so tired , but I don’t know what to do. I do know I need to get back to my church, but it has become so easy to make excuses not to go back. Please pray for me!
COUNTRY: USA

I am presently on a sick leave from work. There has been a delay in receiving my benefits therefore I find myself in financial distress. I ask you to pray with me for trust, faith, peace and courage. Thank-you.
COUNTRY: Canada

My marriage is falling apart due to miscommunication. I have been married for eight years and we are drifting slowly apart each day. Please help me in praying for my marriage. I do not want to lose my husband.
COUNTRY: USA

TruthMedia’s Weekly Encouraging E-mails and Prayer Requests

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Hello Everyone,

Here are some encouraging emails and prayer requests from this last week of  ministry in TruthMedia.

Blessings as we serve together,

Lynnette
TruthMedia Internet Group

I’m Algerian, and I was a Muslim before I recently prayed to God and once again today to entrust my life to Jesus Christ.  I hope that Jesus will come into my life.  I need so much to be on the right path.  That is what I am searching for in my life (in every area, and most importantly with God) Thank you for praying for me (Algeria).

Please pray that I may find a job soon. My gas was disconnected and it’s freezing. Thank you
COUNTRY: USA

Your presentation is clear and complete, facilitating entering into the kingdom of God.  (note:  She’s referring to “The Journey of Joy”  gospel presentation on femmes.com) I printed it up and I took it to a friend that I have known for 4 years.  We talk about God every time we get together.  I felt that she was ready and so using this presentation  I invited  to her to receive Jesus in her life and to allow Him to become her Savior and Lord.  What joy! Yesterday she gave her life to Jesus (France)!

I Thank You God for Your Multi Blessings, Light & Protections, and I Pray to You God to help me succeed & progress in my new job in this new country, and help me get rid from fear, worries, delusions, obsessions and obstacles!
Country: Saudi Arabia

It is also a privilege for me to be working as an online mentor with TruthMedia Internet Group. I had no knowledge such a thing existed until I stumbled on it early last year when I was surfing the Net just looking for whatever and anything. Surely, our Lord must have led me to it. Now, involved in this ministry, I feel a real contentment and fulfillment like I have finally settled into what I should be doing and love being a part of this very powerful and deeply enabling ministry. As I minister, I, myself, feel ministered to!

Let me say that I have been so touched by the work of this ministry.  I do receive encouraging responses when someone feels that  I’ve helped them just a little.  I pray that we all find the strength and faith to continue in the years ahead.

im going threw a hard time. cant find the right friends. starting to get into drugs and alcohol. lonley need someone to talk to because cant go to my parents.  just stressed and need some advice from someone.
COUNTRY: USA