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Ten years ago I was a part of a Christian community with residential communal homes worldwide. I spent 4 years of my life there, and those were the most amazing 4 years of my life which inspired me to join one of the missions for orphaned children in Peru, Argentina, and Africa.
As I was spending a few months in silence and contemplation, preparing to join the missions, certain health issues occurred and I had to return home for therapy treatments.
That was a slap in the face for me!
Along came a period of challenges, failures, and victories.
I finally got my Web Marketing education, and soon enough I was working as a freelancer. Only recently though, God’s amazing plan started to reveal itself to me.
Now, I’m so grateful for not going to the missions at that time. I’m grateful for all of the challenges and failures which have taught me so much about faith, love, and about myself too.
Additionally, I’ve learned so much about web marketing and the way the internet has changed the way people communicate and search for information. My final conclusion:
Social Media is THE place to be for missions leaders and members.
Being a part of a mission is an amazing and inspiring task. It can get challenging and tough, but after every battle, you come out a stronger and better person. The help of communities and the entire public can make a huge change in moments of difficulty.
This is where social media comes in. Because social media is the most powerful communication channel on the web. News travels way faster, thus creating a buzz, plus you can talk directly to your followers and hear their opinions. By raising your voice and spreading the word about your mission, you’re not bragging. You’re sharing inspiration with the world and allowing the public online to provide support for the mission, and to help you overcome the challenges ahead.
Whether you are a part of a church, or community, or an organizational mission; the public needs to know, wants to know about it. The more you share with the world, the more providence you’re letting in, and the more opportunity to spread the Word of God.
1) Post about your challenges and victories on Facebook
Facebook Canvases on Facebook pages are great ways to tell a story. Create an image or a canvas, telling the story of the challenge you have just overcome, the things you and your friends learned, how you felt and so on.
Include images and holy art elements to show the presence of the love of God. Use videos to make the story come to life.
On a canvas, add captions and quotes to emphasize important parts of the story. Let your faith and the gratefulness for being a part of your mission reflect in everything you create.
2) Do Member of the Week or Month Campaigns on Facebook and Instagram
Every week or month, whatever your preferences, decide which member or resident of your mission will be featured in your posts. Post pictures and talk about their personality features, fun facts, life quotes, fave Bible verses and so forth.
Share and comment on what you’re learning from that mission member, and how they are a special and unique child of God.
3) Daily Mission Tweets on Twitter
Post daily about an ongoing difficulty or challenge you and your fellow missionaries are going through. Share updates, special moments, your feelings, inspirations and new discoveries. Tweet about the changes and moments happening during the challenging times. Ask for advice even, get people engaged by asking for their opinion and support.
Make sure you tweet 2 to 4 times a day, short tweets, relevant hashtags and a simple video or image can go a long way!
4) Share Images of Special Moments With Quotes from the Bible on Instagram
Take pictures of the moments in which you saw the living word of God in your daily life at your mission and add the pertaining Bible quote on it. You can use a number of great apps for image editing, even if you don’t have access to a computer.
One great app is Pixlr, you can edit pics in a number of ways and add text to them.
There’s also Canva, which is a great alternative to the complicated Photoshop used by pro designers.
5) Share the Daily Word of God You’re Reading at your Mission
Post morning readings and quotes on a Social Media Channel of your choice. Use Instagram to share the Word of God with holy art images and quotes of the day.
Share your reflections of that day and Word in the evenings to get your community engaged with the life and purpose of your mission.
Ask your followers for their own reflections of the Word. People love to share moving and inspirational stories. Plus, you will be serving the purpose of a Holy Messenger encouraging and comforting those in need.
Wow, what an amazing task. It’s so fulfilling to spread the love of God through inspiring and comforting with words of faith. And social media platforms provide the best opportunities to do that and much more.
Did this inspire you to get your Christian Mission a Social Media Page?
I truly hope this post has inspired you to spread the word about your Mission and the Love of God through social media channels.
Already using the Social Media for your missions? Awesome… hop over to the comments below, and share some of your own ideas and experiences, spread the love!