Face to Face
By: Naomi Jackson
The days of dial-up Internet are etched in my memory as an eighth grader whose highlight of the day was hearing, “You’ve got mail.” I am amazed I received a single email at that age. I could have lived without the wonders of the Internet then, but now it is past the point of no return.
The Internet has provided amazing opportunities for millions of people on this planet to connect instantaneously. Yet this has not actually resulted in the world’s population feeling more connected with each other. In fact, a study issued by University of Michigan psychologist Ethan Kross suggests that the more often people used Facebook, the unhappier they felt.
In spite of this negative reality, the Internet and other forms of media have made it possible for the gospel to go to parts of the world where missionaries are unwelcome. Matthew 24:14 say, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come.” God will go the extra mile to connect with His estranged children. It was for this purpose that He sent Immanuel—God with us. And when we finally enter the age of eternal happiness and everlasting communion with God, we may be surprised to discover that someone came to Christ through our Facebook posts.
Where Media and Missions Meet
Better Living Ministry has produced countless hours French radio and television programming since 2009. Our mission has been to reach out to French-speaking people in Quebec, Canada, and around the world through uplifting media. But 2014 marked the beginning of a new adventure as we welcomed our first media missionary students. For two of our graduates the experience was especially life changing.
Awakening the Visionary
Laurie is young, energetic, and on fire for the Lord. Originally from France, she was excited to learn about our media missionary training program, although she had no experience in media. We soon realized that Laurie was a fast learner, a good organizer, and finished tasks quickly. Her positive influence and love for God was clearly felt by the team.
In August of 2015 we bid farewell to Laurie. Now in France, the Lord has tremendously blessed her in organizing a small team of young people with a vision for media production. Together they have purchased some equipment, and God is opening doors for them to spread the gospel.
Discovering God’s Call
Also from Europe, Frida came to us from Sweden. She was our very first student to join the training program. Though interested in media, she was uncertain about her life calling. It was during her time at Better Living that Frida gained some valuable insight into her future. As she developed her skills in the area of graphic design, she discovered what she truly enjoyed.
After completing the course, we invited Frida to stay on as teaching staff for the next group of students. Her sense of responsibility, creativity, and deep commitment to God had made a lasting impression on us. We believed it would be a blessing for her to continue serving. After much prayer and thoughtful consideration, Frida accepted our invitation and was indeed an excellent teacher.
A few weeks ago Frida returned home to pursue a career in graphic design. She wants to dedicate her talents to working for the Lord as a freelance graphic designer.
The Great Reward
Watching young people grow and mature in a healthy, positive, and spiritual environment is very rewarding. I find nothing more exciting than to witness them dedicate their lives to work for God. Although it is bittersweet to see our graduates go, we are thrilled that God is using them to share the good news of Jesus’ soon return.
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