Amazing Grace, Amazing Pace
In the half-light of a rainy dawn I bend over my glowing laptop screen, eyes welling with grateful tears as I scan the messages that crowd my e-mail in-box.
“Praying for you today.… Lifting you up before the Father.… Asking God to give you His joy and peace this Sabbath.”
The messages of grace and love were sent sometime in the night by friends in South Africa, the Philippines, New Zealand, the Netherlands. Half a world away as we used to measure distance, they interceded for a friend as their kindness raced along the World Wide Web. The hope that once took weeks or months to share now travels at speeds approaching that of prayer.
And I am blessed, in real ways, in real time. The solidarity we share in Christ is deepened, strengthened, undergirded by their digital expressions of faith. I know that my Redeemer lives, in part because He has such caring followers on earth.
Were it not for new technologies that leap the chasms between nations, races, faiths, and languages, we might despair of ever going “into all the world” with the gospel. Uncounted millions will never learn of Jesus’ love if telling it depends only on boats and planes, radio, and even mass distribution journals such as Adventist World. Unless we move assertively toward new media that God has made available, a swelling world population will outgrow our ability to tell “the old, old story” that we have loved so well.
As you read this month’s cover feature, pray for an open heart and a keen imagination. Let the unrestricted, unbound Spirit of the living God point you to the media, the communication technologies by which you can share your faith with those nearby and those you may never physically see until the kingdom.
Your words of hope, once digitized, can penetrate the gated communities, the high-rise apartments where you will never be allowed to go. Your witness via the Web and its amazing variety of audio and video platforms can cross deserts, climb mountains, swim rivers, and touch hearts in ways no other generation of missionaries has ever been able to do.
— Bill Knott