Friday, September 28th, 2007
I have joined Facebook! My kids were shocked that I took such a radical step into their world. Caleb wrote on my wall (A wall, as I’m learning, is a place to post comments), “HAHA my dad is on facebook… love ya tons.” Sarah wrote “Yeah! You are in! Love you tons! Gotta go, the kids are coming!” FellowVillage Missionary and Facebook denizen, Linda, wrote, “Wow, I didn’t think you would have a facebook! Suprise! I did it to keep in touch with my kids. Love the pictures.” I don’t want to think too much about why she is surprised as it probably has something to do with my age and demeanor or?
In Facebook, you ask people if they will be your friend. Once they are your friend you have access to their page and they have access to your page. They are your friend! I have to admit that it chillingly brings me back to High School when I didn’t seem very good at collecting friends, especially if they were popular. What if I asked people to be my friends and no one said yes?
Well, why join Facebook? It is the same answer why to have a blog. In typical Baby Boomer fashion, I am looking for ways to get the word out about Village Missions and possibly share Christ. The younger folks on Facebook seem to be there to simply network with one another and share their life with one another. Because I am there with a purpose, I will always be somewhat of an outsider. Real purpose for using Facebook will probably eventually ruin its original genius.
But I am passionate about the cause of moving country churches toward spiritual vitality and do want to connect with anyone who might be interested in the same cause. And I want to interest others in the wonderful potential that exists in country communities for, of all things, networking. Only it is networking with a face and not a book! Going to my Facebook to see who is there is like going to Dal-Rae’s High Country Café in Red Feather Lakes and visiting with the many people you know. Actual face to actual face, longing to introduce them to the One who came to this world to be face to face with us and to die on the cross so that we could be face to face with Him forever. The Bible speaks about it this way:
1 John 3:2: Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. NASB
So I’m looking for faces who can see the great need and the great potential that exists in rural churches. Will you be my friend?
Before you decide, you might want to watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy2US37-6R8