The explosion of mobile phones in Africa is opening up new ways of doing evangelism. The potential for this will be investigated at a two-day event in Pretoria on October 17 and 18, 2014. The event is the initiative of the movement, Indigitous, whose aim is to connect people to Jesus using digital strategies.
“Mobile is transforming Africa in many ways. Every day people are using their mobiles for banking, education, farmers checking market prices or others browsing the Internet. This event is a way to learn how to use social media to reach people who are lost,” says Johan Myburgh from the Digital Strategies Department of Campus Crusade for Christ in South Africa.
Topics and apps that will be looked at are everystudent.com, Facebook, Whatsapp, Jesusfilm Media app, God Tools, Global Short Film Network (GSFN), Falling Plates, Ufollo.net, TWR, Global Media Outreach and more.
Speakers are Phil Cooke from Phil Cooke Pictures, Mynhart van Pletsen from eKerk (“eChurch”) and Miheret Tilahan from the digital strategies department of Campus Crusade for Christ Southern and Eastern Africa.
Real stories of what’s happening around the world will be included to give hands-on learning of what is working at present and how ones’ skills can be utilised in different projects.
“If you are passionate about connecting the lost with Jesus Christ, you are invited,” says Johan.
This means that not only the digital savvy is invited, but also ministry leaders who are looking for new ways to connect or the individual who knows an unbeliever…
Indigitous was started by Digital Strategies International, which is part of Campus Crusade International.The name Indigitous is a combination of the words ‘indigenous’ and ‘digital’ and their mission is to “win, build, and send Christ-centered multiplying disciples who launch spiritual movements”. The movement helps people who use social media to become involved in evangelism and discipleship by uploading apps and tools.
On their webpage, www.indigitous.org, are different options to connect or get involved. These include the opportunity to become an online mentor, to lead small online groups, to share a testimony (in your own language if you want) and then invite people to contact you. Training and projects involve apps to help you reach out to students, to share the Jesus film, to follow-up online on media content and many more.
Also visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Indigitous for more information.