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WEB EVANGELISM BULLETIN

. . . learning from each other
W-E-B Issue 168 ~ Feb 2009
Monthly ISSN 471-0323

News this time...

Table of Contents

NEW BLOG ON DIGITAL EVANGELISM
INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY TWO MONTHS AWAY: 26 APRIL
BLOGGING AND NETWORKING
LANGUAGE LEARNING ONLINE
INTERNET USERS HIT 1.5 BILLION
LAUSANNE WORLD PULSE HIGHLIGHTS MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
CHURCH MINISTRY
TIPS
JAPAN OUTREACH
FRENCH WEB OUTREACH
LEARNING TO LISTEN
HOW PEOPLE BECOME CHRISTIANS
TAILEND

"Can't you see the angel imprisoned in the block of stone trying to get out? I am trying to free him" - Michaelangelo


NEW BLOG ON DIGITAL EVANGELISM

Digital Evangelism Issues (DEI) focuses on news and ideas for any type of digital outreach - web, mobile phone, video clip and social networking and more. It is the blog associated with Internet Evangelism Day (IED), hence the mirror-image acronym! Classical language scholars and those with a Catholic background will notice a second reference: 'dei' is Latin for 'belonging to God'.

Please blog about it, link to it, mention it in newsletters, or make it known in any other way.
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/


INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY TWO MONTHS AWAY: 26 APRIL

If you did not receive our recent news release about Internet Evangelism Day, it is available here:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/latestnews

Please encourage magazine or newsletter editors and bloggers to use it, and pass it to anyone else who could be interested. Please could you help me build up my list of magazine editors: please send the name and email address of editors of your own favorite Christian publications:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/feedback

We also have a shorter item suitable for church announcement sheets:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/shortannouncement

Would you consider creating a focus spot for your church or group on or near that day? It can be as short as a two-minute announcement, or a longer program using any of our free downloads - PowerPoint, video clips, handouts, music and drama scripts:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/planning.php


BLOGGING AND NETWORKING

Blogging is hugely popular and strategic in China:
http://www.danwei.org/blogs/blog_popularity_in_china.php

More statistics and news about social networking in China and elsewhere - with the option to add your own comments:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/94

The POST Method - A systematic approach to social strategy: "What do most do wrong when they enter the social networking world? No, it's not that they're being fake, or don't 'get it'. It's that they don't really know their objectives," says Josh Bernoff:
http://blogs.forrester.com/groundswell/2007/12/the-post-method.html

TWITTER - the power of micro-blog service Twitter was demonstrated recently when the US Airways jet landed in the Hudson River. Before the news even reached TV and radio news outlets, thousands had heard about it via Twitter and even seen mobile photos:
http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2009/01/twitter_spreads.html

And when British broadcaster, writer and actor Stephen Fry was trapped in a lift/elevator, he was able to 'tweet' to the many 'following' him on Twitter:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b09feb-stephenfry

Both stories were featured widely in the international press, and have done much to increase the profile of Twitter in the public's mind:
http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/the_way_we_live/article5754902.ece

Short introduction to using Twitter:
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5758076.ece

More about Twitter in ministry:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/twitter.php

Pew Internet has issued a study on Twitter showing that 11% of online US adults now use Twitter, almost double the rate six months ago:
http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/276/report_display.asp

There is much potential for Twitter in ministry, and Anthony Coppedge has written "The Reason Your Church Must Twitter":
http://www.internetevangelismday.colm/twitter.php

Ministry Best Practices blog suggests reasons why your church should invest in such social media:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b09feb-socialmedia


LANGUAGE LEARNING ONLINE

Another way to build redemptive relationships is to give help in language learning. There are number of online language-learning systems, such as Livemocha:
http://www.livemocha.com/

More links and the opportunity to share resources or experiences:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/120


INTERNET USERS HIT 1.5 BILLION

In 2008, the number of web users reached 1.5 billion - nearly a quarter of the world's population, (though other analysists seem to place the figure somewhat lower):
http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm

Add your comments, links or ideas here:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/50

For a breakdown of the different web users in USA, the latest Pew Internet report gives facts and figures. For instance 45% of people 70+ are now online, up from 25% in 2005. Different generations use the Web in different ways:
http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/275/report_display.asp


LAUSANNE WORLD PULSE HIGHLIGHTS MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

February's Lausanne World Pulse covers the many opportunities for digital evangelism, with particular reference to missions:
http://www.lausanneworldpulse.com/themedarticles.php/1087

Add your own feedback and discuss the issues raised by the article:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/30


THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

If you were watching Obama's inauguration and wondered what had happened to the prayer from controversial Bishop Gene Robinson; well, it wasn't broadcast. But Christianity Today editor Sarah Pulliam was present, recorded it, and posted it on YouTube:
http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctpolitics/2009/01/gay_bishop_kick.html

What were CT's 10 most redeeming films of 2008?
http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/commentaries/tenredeemingfilmsof2008.html

Most popular urban ministry speakers - websites, blogs, MP3s:
http://www.urbanministry.org/top2008


CHURCH MINISTRY

The church that stays open all night:
http://www.inspiremagazine.org.uk/news.aspx?action=view&id=3128

PR Stands for What? How to build a relationship with the public:
http://communicatejesus.com/2009/02/pr-stands-for-what/

8 Key Ingredients of a Powerful Community Outreach:
http://www.breakthroughchurch.com/8ingredients.htm

Discuss these issues here:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/104

"The Truth about Church Websites and Effective Online Outreach" - a free webinar on 4 March, 1100 US Pacific Time, based on research conducated by Drew Goodmanson. Sign up in advance:
http://www.goodmanson.com/2009-02/21/state-of-the-church-online-goals-met/

UNITY IN COLLABORATION: "... public recognition was keeping the megachurch's lead pastor, Matt Carter, awake at night. While his church was certainly growing, the need to deepen relationships and raise and engage disciples became larger as well. This burgeoning increase in numbers and needs became Carter's quandary. Even though his church had formed 'community groups' and congregants 'signed up in droves', most of the groups weren't working."
http://artofnetworking.visionsynergy.net/?p=161


TIPS

- non-techies look away now

EMBEDDED YOUTUBE CLIPS - you can actually link to a small portion of a video clip, rather than the whole thing:
http://thenextweb.com/2008/10/11/nifty-little-trick-embed-parts-of-a-youtube-video/

YOUTUBE - LOSE THE THUMBNAIL 'RELATED VIDEOS' OPTION. A major potential problem for sites embedding a clip using YouTube's generic copy-and-paste coding: when the clip has finished, YouTube by default inserts a range of thumbnail links to other video clips it believes are related to the topic. Problem is, they may not be, and at worst, can be very very inappropriate. But there is an easy way to stop these appearing, so that when the clip has finished, all that appears is a 'replay' button. Just add &rel=0 to the end of both Youtube video URLs in your html coding. This easy but little-known tip is so important that it deserves very wide circulation in the web world. Comment or share other YouTube tips:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/35

CAPTIONS: YouTube also supports the addition of captions, and the ability to click the screen during or at the end of the presentation to hit an embedded URL, as this secular card trick clip demonstrates - click on the link at the end to be taken to an even more interactive option:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JIWyKRQUdk

ADWARE - interview with a former Adware programmer:
http://philosecurity.org/2009/01/12/interview-with-an-adware-author

GAMES - Vern wonders if there is anyone who would like to revise her open source memory game called GCompris to reinforce Biblical knowledge:
http://gcompris.net/en-memory


JAPAN OUTREACH

Web resources ideas, and YahooGroup networking for anyone interested in digital outreach to Japan:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/japan-web-evangelism.php

"Studio Re: is a group of Christian artists who are producing films that lead Japanese to discover that there is more to life... much more. They produce films in a variety of genres that present redemptive content and pose crucial questions. These films seek to affect and change the shape of contemporary Japanese culture and its inhabitants by assuming a biblical paradigm; offering redemption instead of separation, hope instead of resignation, design instead of chaos. It is a sowing ministry that will prepare the minds and hearts of the Japanese in order to shorten the spiritual distance between them and Jesus Christ."
http://www.studio-re.com/

RJC (Reaching Japanese for Christ) conferences are held annually, next one in March:
http://www.rjcnetwork.org/


FRENCH WEB OUTREACH

CBN covers Eric Celerier's ministry in starting and building the French site ConnaitreDieu.com which has grown from 30 visitors a day back in the early days, to one million daily across its different language versions. With a very sophisticated email mentoring and followup system for inquirers, what is particularly encouraging is how efficiently they link inquirers with churches, and the large numbers of people who have gone on to become committed members of fellowships and often been baptized:
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/531718.aspx


LEARNING TO LISTEN

"Why is listening is so difficult? I'll tell you why. It's because you move away from being the center of attention and you inviting someone else into that space. When someone listens to us with real concentration and expresses sincere care for our struggles and our pains, we feel that something very deep is happening to us. Slowly our fears melt away, our tensions dissolve and anxieties retreat. Listening is so simple to do and it's a gift with tremendous healing power that we can offer to others." - from the book Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life by Henri J.M. Nouwen.

Listening is a key to evangelism, or indeed any effective communication.


HOW PEOPLE BECOME CHRISTIANS

Dave Bennet, UK Director of Bridge Builders (formerly Pocket Testament League) conducted very useful research into how adults become Christians. This study offers vital pointers into ways we should be thinking about evangelism:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/87


TAILEND ô¿ô

A letter from the Tooth Fairy, by Patty Baribeau

As a busy homeschooling mother of 10, I often forget to play tooth fairy at the appropriate times. On such occasions, the attached letter mysteriously appears to explain the Tooth Fairy's delay. The letter usually turns a frown into a gap-toothed grin and the child is encouraged to try again another night.

Dear _________________:

Thank you for leaving one [1] tooth under your pillow last night.

While we make every attempt to leave a monetary reward in the case of children's lost teeth, we were unable to process your request for the following reason[s] indicated below:

[ ] it was not a human tooth

[ ] we do not consider pieces of chicken bone amusing

[ ] we were unable to approach the tooth due to excessive odor

[ ] the tooth has previously been redeemed for cash

[ ] the tooth did not originally belong to you

[ ] the tooth was too fragile to move due to excessive cavities

[ ] the tooth fairy does not process fingernails

[ ] this tooth has been reported missing from the dinosaur exhibit at your local museum

[ ] you were overheard to state that you do not believe in the Tooth Fairy

[ ] you were age 18 or older at the time your request was received

[ ] OSHA rules prohibit fairies from entering bedrooms labeled "hazardous waste disposal area"

[ ] the tooth was guarded by a vicious, fairy-eating dog

[ ] we discovered evidence of unsafe tooth extraction as follows:
[ ] wire
[ ] pliers
[ ] gunpowder
[ ] hammer marks
[ ] chisel
[ ] acid

Thank you for your request, and we look forward to serving you in the future.

Sincerely,

Lt. Flossie Fairy
President
Tooth Fairy Union #32

[source: www.mikeysFunnies.com ]

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