What comes to mind when you think of the word “technology?” Is technology something that has influenced your life for good or for evil, or is it simply neutral? Maybe when you think of technology, you fear not knowing how to use it correctly and being left behind. Maybe you feel guilty for using certain kinds of technology way too often to the point that you feel addicted. Or maybe you are just grateful for the convenience of being able to quickly communicate or find useful information!
No matter what our feelings about technology are, the truth is that we now live in a digital age and we need to consider how technology relates to the care of our souls. As we daily engage with technology, we should ask ourselves if we are using technology in a rebellious way, to insulate us from our need for God and the effects of sin, or in a redemptive way, to express our creativity and connect with God and other people in new and authentic ways.
The digital culture within which we live has made it increasingly difficult to be alone and to distinguish rest from our work. Because of smartphones and laptops, we rarely completely leave our work and we are always connected. In what ways am I using technology to distract me from the effects of sin and my need for God? What is one way that I could unplug and limit technology in the next few weeks in order to make space for silence, solitude, rest, and time with God and people?
However, the digital culture within which we live can also open new opportunities for spiritual growth and connecting with God and others. What is one new way that I could engage or experiment with technology in the next few weeks that could contribute to my spiritual growth or help me care for my soul? Try creating a playlist in iTunes of your favorite worship songs. Listen to a new podcast from a favorite preacher or spiritual formation expert. Download a Bible app on your phone, and use the audio version so that the Bible can be read to you.
SEND U Asia Regional Representative
Book: From the Garden to the City by John Dyer
Book: The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun
Podcast: Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership with Ruth Hailey Barton (Book also available with same title)
App: Pray As You Go (Daily meditation and contemplative prayer)
Did you know your region has a SEND U representative? This person is available to talk with you about resources you need or training you would like to see provided to your area. Bethany Reedy serves as the Asia regional rep for SEND U. Bethany had the privilege of starting her SEND career in China doing language learning and discipleship and has just settled into life in Taiwan, working with her husband Ryan out of the IO Asia hub office. Bethany has her D.Min in Women's Ministry and has spent significant time in the academic world before joining SEND. She loves her Taiwan teas, coffee, strolling through art museums and good conversation. You can get in touch with her here.
There is still time to sign up! Next course runs February 14-21.
This one-week CIT Next online course is designed to help you as a new missionary or cross-cultural worker begin to put your culture learning skills into practice. The course asks you to make an investment of 4-6 hours of learning time. First, you’ll review some basic concepts of culture and participant observation. Next, you’ll get to practice observation and assessment through a fiction-based activity. And the final task is a guided observation project on-site at a venue of your choice — a Christian gathering, a social event, a public place. If you’ve been settled into your place of ongoing ministry for 2 to 12 months and have a commitment to grow in your contextualization abilities, this would be a good course for you! Click here to register. Only $25!
If you haven't signed up for a MissioNexus account, now is a great time to do so. Free to all SEND members, this gives you access to great resources like book reviews, webinars and podcasts on relevant missiological topics as well as EMQ (Evangelical Missions Quarterly). If this is your first time using Missio Nexus, click on the Log In button on the top right of the https://missionexus.org/ page. Enter your email address and request a new password. One will be sent to you in a few moments. If you are having difficulty logging in, please contact Marcie Williamson.
The Evangelical Missions Quarterly is the newest resource of Missio Nexus. With this first issue of 2018, it will begin its 55th year as a professional journal serving the worldwide missions community. This issue is comprised of 10 articles, 3 re-occurring columns, and 8 book reviews. It covers topics ranging from International Day for the Unreached to team conflict. Click here to visit their website where you can download this issue for free.
Team Leader as Supervisor (March 5th - April 14th). Come learn how to make the transition from coworker to supervisor.
Animism and Folk Religion (Mar 11 - 24, 2018). A short 2-week online course facilitated by Gary Ridley on the role of animism in the religions of the people with whom we work.
SEND U Director based in Kiev, Ukraine
SEND U Assistant Director based in Taichung, Taiwan