A group of young people in Yaba, Lagos have launched a social media-based evangelism. The one week program, tagged ‘Today’s Important Questions’ (with the hashtag ‘#TIQ’)will be live streamed live from 7 pm to 8 pm daily for a week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
— #TIQ4 (@ays_yaba) August 24, 2017
These young people, the Adventist Youth Society (AYS) from the Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church, plan to take advantage of this generation’s main tool: technology, to answer what they believe are questions pertinent to right living as Christians, by searching for answers in the Bible, and sharing the discoveries through different Social Media platforms.
When explaining to an audience why they expect this to be a better option as compared to mounting up a constructed pulpit and holding the session there, Mr Ozakpo Anderson, the speaker for the program, gave his reason by breaking down a statistics of people reachable via Social Media, as opposed to a section of a street.
Adventist Youth Media Evangelism, coming up on the 27th of August to the 2nd of September Join us as we stream live to share God's words. pic.twitter.com/SGcqakaxUD
— #TIQ4 (@ays_yaba) August 11, 2017
Although it may appear that Social Media and men of God don’t agree, it is not always the case. It would be recalled that some months back, the gospel singer, Nathaniel Bassey organized #HalleluyahChallenge, a Social Media live-stream worship session that challenged thousands of followers to participate in an hour praise session each midnight, for a month. Although met with different reactions, the challenge which was tagged ‘Olowogbogboro’ had a lot of participants and supporters.
“The Social Media is a wide platform and may soon break out into countries of Social Media like the country of Facebook Country, Twitter Country etc.,” Anderson joked, “We need to reach the people where they are.” The internet might have initially been seen as a platform for virtual reality, but with inventions such as this and more to come, it is fast becoming plain reality. As technology reveals opportunities to reach more people and opens doors for different purposes, religion is not left behind.
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