Ever been on a conference call like this? Humor video
You may well have experienced a phone conference call as chaotic and fruitless as the one in this humor sketch from Tripp and Tyler. It presents a face-to-face meeting as if it were telephone conference, with all the downsides present and correct.
Answering and posing Christian questions online
The Web is primarily a relationship builder. If it connects my computer to yours, then it connects me to you, your thoughts to mine. Everything else is just the nuts and bolts. Very often, such relationships are fleeting. But worthwhile. John at ChurchCrunch explains how he uses Aardvark to connect with people who are asking spiritual questions. Charlotte writes how she helps people asking questions on Yahoo Answers. Rob from New Zealand says, “I am doing my best to reach others through Facebook and YouTube. YouTube is easy as you just reply to comments about clips and get a conversation going.” There is also a huge need for Christians to become e-mentors for inquirers who write to large web outreach ministries.
Teaching English online as a connection for sharing the gospel
It is said that the biggest single factor in Japanese coming to faith, has been taking English-learning classes run by Christians. There are various secular language-teaching systems that allow you to sign up as a mentor to help a learner. This is certainly an option for sensitive redemptive relationship-building. LiveMocha.com appears to enable such help. Other similar systems are listed on our Japan page, which also lnks to a Mission Network News story of such ministry in Taiwan.