Be an IT Champion
The role of technology, particularly Information Technology, has rarely had a public forum. The impact of computing in missions continues to grow in importance and impact, particularly via several technology focused mission support agencies ( TechServe International, JAARS, MAF, etc.).
To most, these ministries are operating behind the scenes and out of sight. Because so few technically capable individuals are available to champion the cause of educating the church about the significantly important role technical support plays in evangelism, church-planting, and Bible translation.
For a long time, raising the visibility of and the need for missionary IT support workers has been challenging. Missionaries have not updated their supporter's view of "missions", still underestimating the contribution IT professionals make or could make toward missions. The truth is that even the full-time evangelist (or church-planter, or translator) spends the majority of his/her time doing support tasks that simply must be done before there is an opportunity to do missionary work.
In today's world, many of those non-ministerial things that must be done (visas, banking, donor communications, literature creation, publicity, tax accounting, security, media, time management, purchasing, partnership development, employee management, etc.) depend to some degree on IT. And as you well know, IT depends on the availability of IT people — people like you.
Christians today understand how critical IT and IT support are to their own churches, businesses and lives, but the light still has not clicked on yet that the missionary enterprise works the same way.
"…entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."
"2 Timothy 2:2"
The importance of IT to the logistical, procedural side of Kingdom work needs to get considerably more "air time" in Christian groups all over the world, particularly Christian groups containing IT professionals.
Somebody has to tell the story, and frankly, the 325+ Wycliffe IT workers are not often able to work much of that into their schedules. Moreover, IT people are, as a group, generally are not very social or interesting and great public speakers. God just did not wire most of them that way. He equipped them to be very good with massive quantities of complex technical detail. Socially, though, they do pretty well among other tech-types, and that's where YOU come in.
What You Can Do
An IT Champion:
Taking the Next Step
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