You said, "I felt like I was there (a tiny bit at least)"... that's the goal, right? What I think is REALLY cool is how non-Christian friends and family were seeing the same thing! They were 'experiencing' the transforming power of the Gospel through those updates! In fact, I just today had an old Marine corps buddy tell me that he'd LOVE to go on a mission trip with me...
Thank you! And I definitely agree on the priviledge... sometimes I feel like I can better identify what it must've been like to be someone like Luke... documenting the history of the early church using the tools that he had available to him. I'm not saying that my tweets are Holy Scripture, but I do consider it on honor to be a part of documenting the current History of the Church... even in a small way.
Regarding getting your church online... I think the best first step is just doing it and living it yourself... as an example. My church didn't send me out to tweet/blog, but are now considering it because I did it...
totally agree, and loved your thoughts over at your post! this chapter is kinda empowering, isn't it?
I gotta say that I kinda agree with you on the transparency thing. It's easy to say something about what I think about something, and be completely honest. But it's something entirely different to tweet something like, "guess what i'm REALLY thinking about right now..."
I appreciate folks like Mike who show us how it's done! Such great inspiration!
A couple general thoughts...
If I'm planning a trip right now, then I'd want to make sure that I have different people on the team responsible for various functions... logistics, finances, team devotions, etc. But now with this experience, I'd also include a social media point person. Part of that person's 'job' would be to make sure that things are being documented and shared.
And regardless, I'd personally force myself to take breaks every so often to get a quick picture to tweet, (or if data connection is limited, use SMS to send a text tweet). I think the thing about using social media to do it is that it doesn't mean that we have to sit down for an hour to tell the story. If you have an observation while you stop to eat lunch, then take the minute it take to tweet it.
Just my thoughts... good to talk again Seiji!
Wow... thanks for sharing that Haiti experience Tami! That's exactly the kind of stuff that I've been seeing more of in the mission field. That's powerful when you can connect people like that... as you say, 140 characters (and a few photos) at a time.
I'm following you on Twitter now, and can't wait to hear more about your next trip to Haiti! In fact, if you ever want to share anything about that trip over at my site, let me know... I'd love to have you guest post regarding your experience there.
Regarding the testimony stuff... that's our job, right? To tell our story, whether it's in Haiti, in a church small group, at a local outreach project, or sitting in our cubicle at work.
Love it! Great book Tami! Thank you!
Great post Seiji! I've seem people experience powerful healing and growth through online group projects, so I can attest to the power of a good online community. And every one of the values on this list resonate with me... I think that they are all equally important. I just know that sometimes I need to be more intentional about some, while others are just more natural for me right now...
Thanks dude! You rock!