My Vacation

I just surpassed my 10th spiritual birthday this month (Nov 13, 2003). I remember writing a long letter to my uncle Ron explaining how it all happened, coming from a place of virtually no exposure to the gospel to making a decision to follow Him. I invited him to come all the way from the Philippines to see my baptism with only 2 months notice. He planned an entire 6-month furlough to help make that possible. It dawned on me that I could use my vacation time to go visit him this year. So that’s where I am right now as I write this — Olongapo City, Philippines.

He operates a facility for children up to age 16 who come from broken homes, abusive homes, families that are too poor to raise them, or they are orphaned. The kids are amazing! They get up at 5 every morning to do devotionals before breakfast and then school. They do the dishes, keep the place clean, and generally seem really happy. However, there is one boy, Joshua, who is still recovering from a neglected hip dislocation and has contracted some kind of virus as well, but his fever has finally disappeared after two weeks! — Philippines Photos

I also swung by Hong Kong to visit a couple friends and see the place that so many of my friends have roots. My visit there was too short, but to my joyous surprise I happened to meet everyone from a local chapter of Campus Crusade at HKUST. My friend Jenn explained that there is a high rate of suicide at that campus. Perhaps mental health could be their next outreach theme similar to what we did a UBC. — Hong Kong Photos


People only want to talk. Nobody knows how to listen.

Why do people broadcast what they had for breakfast on Facebook? Or complain about their homework? Or post photos from their vacation? They desire to be in relationship. People today live on the Internet and form their relationships there. As unhealthy as you may view this, we still need to send missionaries to where the people are (yes, to the Internet).

How? The Indigitous Conference is part of our answer to that challenge. Young people today are indigenous to the digital world and this past month, over 100 mission-minded, talented individuals came together in Waterloo, ON to collaborate on ways to make disciples with the help of digital media.

What was the common thread? Listening and responding to people as individuals. Traditional digital strategy is about getting your message and format right to maximize your audience response. This doesn’t work anymore because the audience doesn’t just want information. They want relationship. We must turn from being broadcasters to becoming listeners.

Jesus Daily is one of the largest Facebook pages in the world with over 24 million fans. Every week, the page receives thousands of private messages asking, “How can I know Jesus?” but it’s operated by just one man. He can’t answer them all. But what if it were possible to respond to all those people? What if you could help? You can. Find out how to get started.