Global evangelism and digital media

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The Joshua Project has expressed progress in world evangelism using a Global Progress Scale. Different colors represent evangelism status.

It would be interesting to create an overlay for this map showing digital penetration in the red (unreached) areas, because many of these have medium to high use of the Web and/or mobile phone ownership:

web usage stats
mobile penetration data

This detailed analysis by Ugandan evangelist Kato Mivule demonstrates the current usefulness and growing importance of mobile communication in Africa.

Mobiles are equally strategic in technologically-advanced countries such as Japan, where more web access and emailing is done by mobile phone than fixed computer. There is a growing trend in Africa to use mobiles for web access, because of the shortage of fixed phone-lines.

Mobiles and email in Japan
Report from Morgan Stanley predicts that soon, there will be twice as much mobile web access as using fixed computers.

This YouTube presentation explains the opportunities that mobiles offer to missions and evangelists in the non-West (slight sound problem on part of video, to be soon corrected):

Watch a rather long (45-min) secular vox-pop documentary on mobile use in Zanzibar, with introductory article.

As Greg Atkinson has observed, “Think global and mobile.” If you are interested in these possibilities, join Visual Story Network, follow Mobile Ministry Magazine and check our resources about mobiles. We trust that the strategic Lausanne Conference later this year will give full weight to these incredible opportunities.

If your mobile phone will support video clips, store a portfolio of ‘conversation starter’ clips such as these, that you can share when you have the opportunity. (There are many easy ways to download YouTube videos onto your own computer or phone.)

If you have stories to share of effective mobile opportunities, please use the comment link below.

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  • Arnold

    Does Internetevangelismday website have a mobile-friendly site? Would this be a good way to get started and demonstrate how to do it?

  • Great Ideas. We need to use all methods for the Gospel.

  • Hi Tony,

    This is a very interesting post. I head up the social media drive for the Lausanne movement (among some other tasks!) – we have been spending quite a bit of time working on finding ways to connect people in the ‘offline’ world to issues, conversations and concerns of bringing the whole Gospel to the whole world.

    I live and work in South Africa where internet access is available (but not accessible to most of the population). However, basic handsets with basic browsing capabilities are everywhere (although the cost of data is still an issue here). My concern with Lausanne has been to make use of the traditional platforms to generate relationships and interaction around crucial issues. But I want to take the next step, i.e., bring the ‘technologically silent’ people of Africa, parts of Asia and South America into the conversations on methods and theologies of evangelism.

    Thanks for this great post! If you have any ideas that could help us in this work please DM me on the Lausanne Twitter account @capetown2010 or visit my blog at

  • I love it…and do believe that using the internet is def the way to reach the younger generation. That is where they are…
    thanks again

  • more mobile-friendly sites is a good idea.

  • Noble Aamir

    Dear Sir,
    Warm Christian greetings from Pakistan. I am new born christian and choir leader in my local chuch.I am textile Engineer by profession.I have done BE. and ILETS with 7 score.God has created me with an Artistic qualities.It is therefore my favourite subjects are fashion design,fine arts, interior decoration,speech,dance, singing and glass painting.I give high thanks to Lord who has created me with these talents.I therefore want to utilize/ use them for the glory of God after proper/ professional training.

    I am living in a developing/third world country where there are little opportunities to refine/groom my talents.I therefore request you to please arrange Bible study and training in visal Arts to win the souls of GENTILES ( Muslim and Hindous )in outreach/street Evangelism.

    FAMILY BACK GROUND : Grand father of my father was Anglican Priest.My grand father was baptist Pastor.My father is serving the Lord with and American Missionary organization for 15 years.Its name is THE WORLD MAP based in BURBANK CALIFORNIA.

    God bless you as you serve Him.

    Best Regards,


    And that he died for all that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves,but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
    ( 2 Cor 5:15 )

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