Posted August 4, 2010 by The Underground Staff in Featured

Christian organizations join forces to train disabled for Internet evangelism

Global Media Outreach is joining forces with Joni and Friends International Disability Center to recruit Christians with disabilities who would like to spread the gospel and minister to others via the Internet.

By joining forces with Joni and Friends, Global Media benefits by having access to some 650 million people with disabilities worldwide.

At the same time volunteers from Joni and Friends will be able to take advantage of the ministry resources, knowledge and training from Global Media so they can more effectively spread God’s world to this segment of the population online.

Joni Eareckson Tada, founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. She met with Global Media just before she was scheduled for her MRI, according to her website.

Of the meeting she said on her Blog, “Think of the thousands of disabled people who can serve the Lord from their homes as online missionaries – I get a lump in my throat just thinking about the possibilities. Like the Lord says, the fields are white unto harvest … and people with disabilities can reap much for His kingdom.”

Based in California, Global Media envisions giving multiple chances for everyone to know Jesus, build their faith, and connect them to Christian communities. Since the organization began in 2004, it has reached more than 10 million people. Last year, their online missionaries ministered to more than 1.9 million people via e-mail.

Global Media has more than 100 websites and some 5,000 trained Christians, some with disabilities. The organization reaches out to people in 195 countries, many of whom they follow up with via e-mail or other means.

Joni and Friends International Disability Center focuses on the global disabled community through international radio and television programs. The organization’s Wheels for the World program provides wheelchairs to thousands of people, and t annual family retreats across the U.S. and globally help families with disabled people engage with a larger Christian community.

Christians with disabilities who would like to become online missionaries should visit tinyurl.com/MissionsOnlineJAF.