After having limped along for altogether too long without an internet connection at home, I am finally connected and posting this blog to christen the system. I’m looking forward to not having to drive to the local library or a nearby coffee shop to get on-line.
As I’m sitting at my kitchen table, I’m thinking about FBH listeners who live in places where connecting with others in the body of Christ nearly always has to be done electronically. Face to face fellowship is a rare privilege for many of our brothers and sisters under repressive regimes or in remote geographic areas. To have even a brief conversation with a fellow-believer is a great blessing.
For them, radio and internet are spiritual lifelines for learning more about the Bible, developing their relationship with the Lord, and enjoying the encouragement that comes from knowing they are not alone as followers of Jesus. Hearing a friendly voice on the radio, browsing through a ministry website, exchanging e-mails with a mature Christian are highlights of the week.
For many people reading this blog, connecting with other Christians electronically is “gravy” —an extra to add some spiritual calories to give us an energy-boost for service. Our regular church fellowship—and all that flows from it—is so much a part of our lives that we’re hardly aware of it.
Today, I’m encouraging you to be aware of it and thankful for it. At the same time, pray for those who have no personal experience with it, and ministries, like FBH, that seek to fill the gap for them by means of communications media.