In this age of instant replies, instant commenting and instagrams, it can be easy to expect instant updates from our Outreach projects and missionary endeavors. After all, we would love to read testimonies and see videos moments after they happen on the field.
However, as God continues to call more individuals to serve overseas and teams to reach unreached places, Evergreen SGV Outreach Outreach will grow increasingly quiet online.
No daily email updates.
And that is not a bad thing. In fact, it reflects a very good thing that is happening.
For one thing, our work is increasing in closed countries where missionary or even Christian activity is illegal. To protect our missionaries and partners in these areas, you will not hear about any of this online.
For another thing, our work is increasing in remote areas where there is no wifi, much less electricity or running water. Our teams and missionaries will grow silent for days or even weeks while they minister in these areas.
Now there may be teams that minister in areas that are completely open where wifi and cellular data are easily accessible and thus, online activity more frequent (e.g. Serve/OKC and our Japan missionaries). However, that is the exception and not reflective of the majority of our Outreach activity (e.g. Thailand and E. Asia).
Our missionaries and teams will keep their supporters up to date with snail (sic) email updates when they are able. Outreach testimonies and articles will be published on our newsletter, The Leaflet, for subscribers to view.
But as a whole, Evergreen SGV Outreach will grow increasingly quiet online.
I hope we can all agree that this is a good thing.