Ramadan: Sharing, Caring & Social Media

Social MediaAs a result of the Arab Spring, Arabs across the Middle East are using social media more than ever before. According to recent market research conducted by Internet World Statistics, 52.2% of the population in the Middle East use the internet.  Of those  49 million internet users in fourteen countries, most live in Iran (Internetworldstatistics.com).  88% of this online population use social media daily sending around 10 million tweets EVERY day (Social4ce.com).  On average they have over 100 friends, they are fans of 20 pages, and upload 444 pictures on Facebook.  Social media is a powerful tool for making and sustaining relationships.

Friends on social media are increasingly becoming people’s trusted sources of information, even more than search engines. Furthermore, by getting your news from social media, you know who is recommending it and can easily communicate with that person about it. News is more social than ever. Ministry Magazine

Susan, a Follower of Jesus met two Muslim girls at the gym she attends and instead of asking for their phone numbers, she asked the girls to be friends on Facebook.  By accepting their friendship, the Jesus Follower remains connected to these girls and has numerous opportunities to share the Truth not only with them, but also their friends. According to internetevangelismday.com, using Facebook to share Jesus can (and should) be “…incarnational and intentional active outreach… If you understand it to be a ‘cafe for conversation’, you will be in tune with its heartbeat.

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it”   (Mat 13: 44-46).

 

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Jeff Maples, Editor of “Pulpit and Pen” sums up the possibilities of social media evangelism this way: “We have an incredible opportunity to reach many who may otherwise never be reached through social media. Sure, it can be used for evil, and more often than not, it is. But that is not a good reason to reject it as a viable means to evangelize.” Posted on by

So then, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But how can people call on him if they have not believed in him? How can they believe in him if they have not heard his message? How can they hear if no one tells the Good News?
(Rom 10:13-14)

So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do everything I have commanded you. “And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.”
(Mat 28:19-20)

Prayer Suggestions:

  • Pray that Followers of Jesus using social media will continue to share Jesus’ love with their Muslim friends.
  • Pray that the Holy spirit will use social media to draw Muslims to Him.
  • Please take the opportunity this year to share the love and good news of Jesus with Muslims and…
  • Pray they’ll hear His voice and be obedient to his call.
  • For more information & directed ways to pray during Ramadan go to: 30daysPrayer.com
  • Or…  Pray30Days.org
  • Day Sixteen of Ramadan
  • Day Seventeen of Ramadan
  • PrayerCast

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