Physical Distancing. Self-isolation. Quarantine.
These words have become very familiar to us over the last few weeks and months. This can feel lonely and overwhelming. The author of Hebrews directs us to “stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near”
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV). How can we meet and encourage each other during this time?
Much of our conversation and community has now turned digital. Churches are live streaming all or part of their services. Small groups are gathering by video chat. Friends are texting and calling each other more. We are still finding ways to meet and grow and encourage. Praise the Lord for the technology we have which enables this! We encourage you to use technology and social media to reach out among your community of believers if you aren’t already.
In the same way, we can share our faith with the world and proclaim the truth and hope found in Jesus’ name! The online world gives us the ability to reach out in ways that we can’t always do face-to-face. We can share the gospel through what we share and post. This gives us a unique opportunity to share the gospel in new ways.
At TWR Canada, we want to help and encourage you to meet and disciple one another, and equip you with tools to share the gospel around the world. Over the past two years, we have been quietly growing our digital ministry by creating an online space for individual and small group study and developing a platform for creating apps. While we had hoped to launch these this summer, we’ve accelerated our plans to make them available now!Speak Hope App: The Speak Hope app
(Android only, at this time) is available in the Google Play Store. Right now, you can find Discipleship Essentials and Bible Stories Alive
(Bible stories for children) in multiple languages on this app, with more to be added in the coming days and weeks. Download this today for your Android phone or tablet, and let us know how it works for you, so we can make it even better!Discipleship Essentials App: The Discipleship Essentials app
is also available in the Google Play Store. It contains all the DE videos, audio and PDFs in multiple languages. Our partners around the world who are already using DE are excited to have access to this! This will allow them a way to continue sharing the gospel and discipling believers in their ministries when they can’t meet face-to-face, such as in our current context.TWR Equip:
, you can find resources to study individually or with your small group. The platform is designed to allow small groups to have private courses, and select the specific content you want your group to study, and discussion boards to enable chat conversation within the system. You can use this along with your favourite audio or video conferencing tool like Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts Meet to keep the face-to-face component. It’s currently available in English with more languages to be added soon!
Over the coming months, we will be working with our partners to create apps specific for their ministries. This is an exciting new tool which wasn’t created with COVID-19 in mind, but God knew all along that we need it now, globally. What a reminder that God is sovereign and omniscient. He knows what we need and when we will need it. Join us in praising the Lord for this. We encourage to check the tools listed above and to use them to gather and encourage one another in our faith at this time.