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Mission Across Borders
How big is the opportunity?
The internet is emerging as the world's number one market and meeting place. Until relatively recently the internet was used only by a selective few who were sufficiently computer and internet literate. The majority of internet users were quite content just have an email facility. However, this is all changing very fast.
New applications such as search engines, blogs, forums, social media such as Facebook and Twitter, YouTube and a host of other ever increasing and evolving applications are not only bringing the internet into every home, but making it an indispensable tool for every household. Applications are now even integrating radio, television and cell phone technology with the internet.
Computer literacy is already being promoted at primary school level and recently the UN made the statement that by 2015 school leavers in Southern Africa (or anywhere in the world for that matter) will not be able to find employment unless they are computer literate.
The purpose of Mission Across Borders is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ across the world through the internet.
The Face of Missions is Changing ...
The mission field of our time is changing. Until very recently the primary means of spreading the Gospel message across international borders were sending live missionaries, the printed media, radio and television. However, the internet is growing at an awesome rate and the Church would be wise to take note of this new opportunity to spread the Gospel.
Mission Across Borders was first launched in September 2010 with a very small budget. Within the first 28 days 112 seeking people from 18 different countries (including Iran) placed their names on our prayer list, of which 41 made a commitment to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Our main focus now is to disciple these new converts and to involve them in a local church.
Have a look at the following statistics:
||Mission Across Borders is an internet evangelistic ministry where we focus on reaching the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the internet.
||A cyber program has been developed through which we lead someone to a basic understanding of the Gospel and then to a point of decision to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
||Various platforms are used, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and others, through which we are able to reach any group of people in almost every country of the world.
A Christian Internet Discipleship Ministry
||During 2010 it was claimed that the number of internet users have increased by 444% since the year 2000. At 31 March 2011 this figure stood at 480.4% *
||During 2010 the number of internet users surpassed the 2 billion mark. In fact the figure as at 31 March 2011 stood at 2,095 billion. There are 6.9 billion people in the world, which means that already 30,2% of the world's population have internet access. *
Amazingly enough, the largest number of internet users are not in America or Europe - but in Asia (44%). *
||During September 2010 more than 2 billion searches were being done on Google every day! 1.8 million people were searching for "happiness" and 301,000 for "fulfillment" on Google every month!
||The social internet media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc., is growing at an astronomical rate. In August 2010 there were more than 500 million Facebook users worldwide - 3.2 million in South Africa, 1.7 million in Nigeria, 196,700 in Libya, 22 million in Turkey, 2.7 million in Israel, and 1.5 million in Russia.
At 30 June 2011 there were already more than 710 million Facebook users representing a growth of 37% in 10 months! *
It is possible to reach just about every nation, age group and many language groups with the Gospel message through Facebook alone.