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WANTED: Social Networking Summer Missionaries

Twitter, Facebook, Myspace.  If you’re using any of these tools to communicate from the summer mission field, then please communicate with me. FriendFeed, Orkut, Tumblr, Linkedin, Bebo too.

I’ve been asked to assist a friend writing a technology article for a rather popular church-based e-zine. I figured what better audience than the savvy, geeky HYCW cult to provide me with the low-down on such hi-tech replacements to Paul’s parchment?

If you're using any of these tools to communicate back from the summer mission field, then communicate with me.

So what I’m seeking is feedback from individuals participating in summer mission trips who have/are leveraging social networks such as Twitter and/or Facebook to communicate their work in the field back to the home folks.

ALSO, I’d also be interested in any church webmaster/IT administrator who is mashing-up such inbound life-streams onto their church web site.

And I don’t want/need just success stories. If your experiences are a poster child for ‘FACEBOOK FAIL’ or a total ‘TWITTER DISASTER’ I’m equally interested as we all learn so much from such … ummm … character building endeavors.

So leave a comment below or if you like more privacy, introduce me your story via our handy-dandy contact form. I always ask for reciprocal links and spellings of names to make sure you and your organization get the attention and attribution deserved.

Did I leave anything out? Yup … thanks in advance to any and all who respond to my call for content.

UPDATE 18-Jun09: If you have, are, or are going to tweet from the mission field, help me write an article on the topic by answering these questions I’ve placed on a handy-dandy Google form: http://is.gd/15Q7O


  1. Hey Dean. We have been using Blogger since 2004 to chronicle our summer missions program. http://impact.aisquith.org. We love it because the participants now have a link they can enclose in their fund raising letters to show prospective donors videos and pictures in a way that a letter could never do. Also, nervous parents whose teens are 2,000 miles away have a way to check in on them from time to time.

    We have no failure stories, but posting from areas where broadband is rare (Santa Ana, Mexico where most of the population has no electricity) can be interesting. A single paragraph post announcing our safe arrival too me two hours one time!

    By the way – we relaunch 6/30/3009 using WordPress. Here’s a sneak-peak: http://www.aisquith.org/wordpress

    Rich Brown

  2. Hello!

    Your article coincides with a research project I am doing this summer– I’m a junior at California Lutheran University, and I am trying to document successful/ not so successful characteristics of online networks currently being used by churches. I came across Fairfax Baptist Church (attached link is to their website) and when I saw their site, they had a twitter widget on the front page with updates from their mission trip to the Dominican Republic. They no longer have the widget up, but I do have a snapshot of it if you would like me to e-mail it to you. You could probably contact them about it; I’m sure they would give feedback!


  3. We are using a blog, mobile me, twitter, audioboo, firepin, and ustrem this year to try to stay connected with the group back home. We are leaving Saturday. I’ll let you know how it all works.

  4. MTW (Mission to the Word, the PCA’s missions arm) does not even allow most of its participants to use cell phones while on missions trips, so Twitter is out!