This is post #3 in a slow going series about Web Ministry. Find post #2 here.
I first thought of this when I began using walkie-talkie like voice calling on ICQ back in 1998-99 (remember that Dave?). Back then the social network was hard to discover and the voice quality was incredibly poor. Conferencing was impossible. These days though, we are a few clicks away from multi-person conferencing that rivals the best voice bridges ran by billion dollar corporations. And it seems the muslims have beat us to the punch of providing lessons on their religion whenever someone cares to participate (see picture below).
It seems reasonable to me that an army of well-equipped Christians accustomed to organizing 24-7 prayer chains could loosely-couple a Skypecast ministry together wherein the Gospel is available any time of the day for whomever might inquire. Devils advocates and skeptics welcome. The Bible, when presented authentically and compassionately, speaks for itself.
What do you need to start a Skypecast about Jesus? Well, the Skypecasts page says “You need a computer, a microphone or headset, and Skype version 1.4 or later.” Add to that some determined folks who know the Bible and the grace of God. Ingredients for evangelism at the largest market, town-square, and club available.
Just how many internet users are there now? As of December 30, 2006 usage was estimated at 1,091,730,861 people according to the Internet World Stats database, but hey, you tell me!