Have you heard of Periscope or Blab? They are new social media live streaming apps that allow you to broadcast to anywhere in the world. And though they both do essentially the same thing, live stream and allow people to comment and interact with you in real time, they have a main difference that makes them both valuable. Periscope live streams just you, yet you can click a little map/globe and pick anywhere in the world to see people scoping. Which goes the same for you. Say you're filming a scope, anyone across the globe can view it and ask you questions in real time. Blab doesn't have the globe feature though it is also visible to anyone in the world, but it allows you to have four people in one live stream.
You guys! This is incredible technology for the Gospel! For years I've been a little stuck on how to get outside your own little Facebook bubble to share the Gospel with people in other countries and/or provide them with some solid Bible teaching they so desperately need. But these apps/social media sites are automatically set up to be global. I just watched some guy in Dubai the other day, asked questions of people in Scotland and regularly watch and learn from someone in England. Is your mind blown? I hope so. If not, I'm just not doing a good enough job of casting vision of how the Lord could use this. So let me share some ideas on my to-do list with these app's. Hopefully it will inspire ideas for you of how you could use it to glorify God.
*I am going to be doing a #ministrytips scope regularly sharing helpful things the Lord has taught me after 15 years of full time ministry. (How to deal with hard people, tips for leading Bible studies, tips on spending time with the Lord etc.)
*Share a bunch of how to's, best practices and resources on how to grow in your walk with God and living out the Great Commission. (How to hear God's voice and know His will, How to share the Gospel, how to disciple someone, how to balance your time etc.)
*Share cool stories of how God has worked and is working.
*Show behind the scenes (like with the Missional Women Conference)
Just these ideas alone fill two pages in my journal.
Blab lends itself to be a great place to interview people. So here's what I have in the works:
* Talking with missionaries and talking about how the Lord got them to where they are.
* Talking with women who have done full time ministry for many many years and hearing tips they have for longevity in ministry.
* Talking about hot topics with various ministry leaders.
* Discussing with women leaders on discipleship.
* Talking about missional motherhood and how to help our kids live on mission.
* Discussing evangelism
This is such an exciting time!! I hope you go to your app store and download one or both of the apps and spend time with the Lord asking Him if and how He would like to use you on these platforms.
I will be doing my first scopes and blabs this next week if you want to get an idea of what it's all about. Just follow me, here's how: Periscope. Follow me (@laurakrokos) on twitter and then when you download the app, you will automatically have me clicked to follow. Then you'll get notified when I go live. Blab. Go to the online site blab.im/laurakrokos and follow that way.
For both of these I will be letting people know on social media that I am about to go live.
And here's a couple neat things that keep my mind wondering about the possibilities. Apple just announced the apple tv which will have periscope (and I bet blab wont be far behind). People already are turning off primetime to watch scopes and blab, imagine when it's on the their tv screen! And I keep thinking of the verses talking about when Jesus comes back it will be seen worldwide. How crazy to think about how possibly this could be the technology used to allow everyone to see the return of the King. Holy cow huh.
So, what ideas do you have for using these platforms for the glory of God?
Laura, the founder of Missional Women is married and has five kids, two of whom are adopted. Laura and her husband have been missionaries to college students for 13 years serving with Master Plan Ministries where she is the Women's Development Coordinator. Laura has authored 5 books, including an award winning 12 week Bible Study on First Samuel, Beholding Him, Becoming Missional, Reach; How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God, and A Devotional Journey through Judges, a devotional to accompany the free online Bible study at TheBookofJudges.com. You can find her on facebook,twitter, pinterest, youtube, instagram and her author site.
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