You may have read a few autobiographies of missionaries that lived before we had our comfort of modern day technology. Communication with supporters was hard. They would send a letter and hope that it would get to the correct person within a month or three. Then they also had to wait for the resources that they requested. It took months, sometimes years. Today all we need to do is send a text or email, or even pick up the phone and call someone. Within moments, people have what they need to know to take the proper action. Now with us you receive an email once a month with two or three updates, may it be personal, ministry focused or prayer points. All this information is on our blog/website, but not all of our missionaries know how to utilise this tool. Seeing this need, I arranged for my colleague in Digital Strategy in Pretoria, Fanie van Graan, to present a workshop on WordPress and MailChimp here in the Cape.
- How to write and post an update/story/prayer on a blog
- How to build a basic site with multiple pages
- How to use Facebook and MailChimp to get the stories to people so they can read them.
I feel that Fanie did a great job and the staff that attended felt empowered. A good example was how to put a video into a blog. Fanie took them to Youtube, copied a link of a video and showed them how to add that video to the update that they were writing. I also learned a few new steps to make my own life a little easier.
Now knowing how to use the tool is one side of the coin. The other side is getting input from our Ministry Partners. Pravani and I are planning to update the look of the Spicevine in October and we would appreciate your input on the look, feel and content of the blog. Please send us an email with any ideas. We will appreciate your help in this regard.
Have a great day and I hope to hear from you soon.