Global Media Outreach: Sharing Jesus with the World
Ten years ago, I was sitting at my kitchen table reading through some information about a ministry that Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ International in the U.S.) had launched. It was called Global Media Outreach and was done totally online using websites that reached out over the globe to present the gospel of Jesus Christ in several languages. I remember reading a challenge to join them and words that said something like, “You too can be an online missionary.” I also remember laughing because I hold missionaries in high esteem and would have never considered calling myself one. I laid the information aside, but God kept drawing me back to it like a magnet. I thought about what that would look like, prayed about it, and talked with my husband. I finally got up the courage to make that phone call to ask for more information.
I’m not a bold person, so I give God absolute credit for drawing me to GMO and leading me through the process of applying and training online. One of my weak areas was in navigating the computer. With the help from my husband and my online trainer, I completed my training and became an online missionary in December of 2010.
So what does an online missionary do? We respond to people who desire to know more about having a relationship with Jesus Christ, help them grow in their faith, pray with them, answer their questions, and encourage them with the truth of God’s Word. People are looking for hope, purpose, and meaning for their lives and they are looking online. Some may have a computer, but most use their cell phones to connect with us. God is using these electronic devices to carry the same message that Jesus spoke 2,000 years ago: God loves the world and sent His Son to provide eternal life to those who will receive Him.
When I began, I received contacts, mostly from the US and Africa, from people who could read and write English. Today, God has grown this ministry to cover areas in the Middle East, India, Pakistan, as well as predominately Muslim and other sensitive countries where it is difficult to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Global Media Outreach recently met the goal of sharing the message of Jesus with two billion people since it began in 2004. I’m in awe of what God is doing and humbled that He has allowed me to be a part of it. It has been a great fit for me to take what God has taught me through Bible study and teaching from our pastors here at GFC and share it with people on the other side of the world who are hungry to know more about Jesus and how to have a relationship with Him.
My faith has grown as I watch God at work bringing people to Himself, answering prayers for their basic needs, being their shelter and strength, protecting them, and teaching them how to walk in faith. Since I cannot give to them monetarily, it makes giving God’s truth to them even more precious. He receives the glory. I feel that I have a front row seat to what God is doing and how He is building His church around the world. In the 1980’s, I met a missionary couple that were home from one of these Muslim countries. They had been there for many years and had only seen one woman come to the Lord and her family was seeking to take her life. Today, I have many contacts from this country and disciple a young woman whose mother and grandmother are Christians. I’m reminded that God has been and is at work. Where others have sown, there is reaping, for the harvest is ripe.
If you have a heart to share Jesus globally and feel that tug as I did ten years ago, then maybe you too can become an online missionary. There is no salary or medical benefits, but the relationships and rewards are priceless and last forever, because God and His people will dwell together for all eternity. Revelation 21:3.