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July 2, 2009
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Virtually Eliminate Distance in Missions Month

Hi OCC News Subscriber,

The Internet is transforming missions work.

Just a few decades ago you might never hear from a missionary except when they're on furlough. But today, you're likely to find missionaries connecting with supporters via Facebook or posting about their latest adventure to their blog. In the most remote parts of the world, you'll find IT specialists right along side linguists and Bible scholars translating scripture into a new language.

July is Missions Month at OurChurch.Com. Our goal is to help facilitate better communication among missionaries and those doing short-term missions trips with family, friends, and supporters back home. Here's how...

New Year's Resolution Month Features
1) Get a Year of Bronze and Ad-Free for $149
2) Share Your Missions Experience
3) Live From Kenya
4) The OCC Missions Page

We know finances are tight for everyone these days, including missionaries. So, this month only you an get a year of the Bronze Hosting Package and Ad-Free Option for only $149. That's a savings of $50. The Bronze package includes your own domain name, a calendar, blog, photo galleries, and an eNewsletter. These are tools any organization serious about communicating with people can't do without. This offer is only available to those with Free and Starter packages and only during the month of July. Order now!

If you've done short or long-term missions work outside your native country and utilized the Internet in that ministry, you've got some first hand insights that could help others better use the Internet in their missions work. We'd like you to share that by writing a guest blog article about that experience. Read more about this opportunity and the insightful guest blog articles written last year on the Christian Web Trends blog.

Speaking blogging and missions work, my wife and I (Paul Steinbrueck) will be going to Nakuru, Kenya July 11-20 to serve along side some good friends who are building an orphanage and serving their community in lots of other ways. I'll be blogging daily during the trip, so you'll have the opportunity to see first hand how the Internet enables people to connect with someone serving overseas. My hope is it encourages you to do something similar the next time you or someone in your organization goes on a missions trip.

As a part of its Missions Month focus, OurChurch.Com has relaunched the Missions Mashup page, which combines information about Christian missions and missionaries from around the world into several useful tools. The page has been created to help people find and learn about Christian missionaries as well as to encourage missionaries to blog and share information with other missionaries.

It includes a customized Google map that includes “pushpins” showing the locations of missionaries. Clicking on each pushpin reveals the name of the missionaries, their location, and a link to their website and blog. Another feature is the Missions Feed, which combines the RSS feeds from each missionary’s blog into a single feed. That means you can visit the Missions Mashup to view the latest updates from all the missionaries listed, or you can subscribe to this one RSS feed in your feed reader and receive updates from all the missionaries currently listed as well as any new missionaries that sign up.

Check out the Missions Mashup to learn about the missionaries that are already listed and register if you're a missionary.

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck, CEO

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