People of faith must go out pioneer, explore and excel in new areas creating new entities. Lord promised Moses and Joshua: “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.” (Deuteronomy 11:24, Joshua 1:3) Yes, missionaries in every era continuously did that. In the previous eras, ‘gospel footprints’ in the form of schools, colleges, hospitals, bibles in vernacular languages, churches in numerous locations are evident. “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:15, Isaiah 52:7) This verse, a quotation from Isaiah also states about ‘footprints’.
The new context of the world is ‘Information Era.’ Digitalization has changed the world dramatically. Smart phone technology has great reach that a considerable percentage of population have access to digital information. The penetration varies from country to country. As smart phones become cheaper and data available in all nooks and corners of the world, all people would have access to the virtual digital world. ‘Digital footprint’ refers to one’s unique set of traceable digital activities. In the new digital world, gospel footprints should reach all digital devices like smart phones and laptops.
New frontier for mission is leaving ‘digital footprints’ to possess the Promise of God and fulfil the Great Commission. Mission strategy needed today is to saturate the social media with the gospel. For that, there is a need for the church to give vision, mobilize, equip and use their technical knowledge to take the gospel to new ‘digital frontiers’. There is a need for synergy of young and old people to bring Kingdom of God in the ‘Digital World.’
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