I’ve been meaning to write about Skype. For those of you who many not heard of this service, Skype is a very simple and very easy-to-use Internet phone application that is free if you talk computer to computer (p2p) – provided each computer has Skype installed.
With Skype, I have already enjoyed conversations with people around the globe, including two wrong numbers who called me because I guess I signed early and took a name more popular than I had realized. Here’s an example of Skpe’s ease in the form a delightful distraction from a very nice lady in Ireland. I was having a hard day at work, and believe it or not, the following ‘wrong number’ made my day (please note, somenicelady is not the caller’s actual id):
hi is that Dean Peters from the US? Don’t know if i have the right person!!
well so long as there is only one of me, yes, I’m in the US of A
are you the Dean Peters i know??
I have now way of knowing that from my vantage point.
(mind reading capabilities diminished these days)
do you know SOMENICELADY?
I dunno, where do you know Dean Peters from?
he worked there
well, haven’t been to Nicaragua so I guess that’s a negative
sorry for bothering u…must have the wrong person…there’s another dean peters in the world then!!
my evil twin, I’m sure
the luck of the irish to u!!
Wow, I think tht is the first time I’ve enjoyed/welcomed a wrong number … well actually I didn’t so much mind a similar call from a nice gent in South Africa about a month earlier … but I digress.
As the above exchange exhibits, I’ve been able to use Skype to talk to people all over the World – for no money down. In fact, once my wife finally gets moved down this weekend, I’m going to install Skype on her PDA/Pocket PC so she can talk to other Skype’rs when she’s out having her therapeutic Chai at the local Starbucks … but I digress … again.
My point is simply to point out that regardless of your platform, you now have a way of contacting summer missionaries … well heck any missionary, so long as they have a computer, an internet connection, and Skype.
Then add some sort of online Bible application … something lightweight from the Sword Project … hmmm.
That way I could buy an old laptop off of E-Bay and equip my missionary friends with several bootable, Bible-enhanced CDs along with a cheap computer complete with a robust and free operating system enhanced with a nice communications suite … that they could leave when the return home? Hmmmmm ….
If I could only find the time to do such geeky things for the Great Commission … hmmmm.