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More Effective Missions - Webmaster Newsletter - July 2009

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:36 pm    Post subject: More Effective Missions - Webmaster Newsletter - July 2009 Reply with quote

View this newsletter in your browser:
http://www.ourchurch.com/news/webmaster-2009-07.php

Hello OurChurch.Com webmasters,

I'm just back from a 10 day trip to Nakuru, Kenya where my wife and I served along side two friends who moved there a year ago to build an orphanage and bring God's love and hope to people facing the immense challenges of poverty, AIDS, and broken families.

It was a life changing experience and one that was greatly enhanced by technology. Each day I was able to blog about that day's events, sharing stories and images with people back home who were praying for us and encouraging us.

That's what our focus on missions this month is all about - using the Internet to do missions work more effectively. If you serve in the mission field, are planning a short-term missions trip, or know someone who is, we hope you'll find ways to take that effort to the next level through the ideas discussed in this month's newsletter.

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck
OurChurch.Com


IN THIS ISSUE
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1) Save Big on Bronze/Ad-Free
2) Network with Missionaries
3) Blog Update: Social Networking and Slovakia
4) Share Your Missions Experience
5) Funny Video: Bible Rap
6) New Template and 18 More Editable
7) New Coupon - Only Available in This Newsletter


1) SAVE BIG ON BRONZE/AD-FREE
We know finances are tight for everyone these days, including missionaries. So, this month only you an get a year of the Bronze Hosting Package and Ad-Free Option for only $149. That's a savings of $50. The Bronze package includes your own domain name, a calendar, blog, photo galleries, and an eNewsletter. These are tools any organization serious about communicating with people can't do without. This offer is only available to those with Free and Starter packages and only during the month of July. Order now!
http://www.ourchurch.com/edit/order2.php

2) NETWORK WITH MISSIONARIES
As a part of its Missions Month focus, OurChurch.Com has relaunched the Missions Mashup page, which combines information about Christian missions and missionaries from around the world into several useful tools. The page has been created to help people find and learn about Christian missionaries as well as to encourage missionaries to blog and share information with other missionaries.
http://www.ourchurch.com/missions/

3) BLOG UPDATE - SOCIAL NETWORKING AND SLOVAKIA
The following is a guest blog article by Wendy Spoon, web administrator for First Grace Church in Glenpool, OK.

Slovakia. Just the name both thrilled and frightened me. My husband and I were going on our first Missions trip together. I was excited for the opportunity, but at the same time intimidated. I mean, Iím just the Pastorís wife. I donít teach and I donít preach. I sometimes sing and I do book-keeping. I maintain the church website and had been looking into social networking. But what was my purpose in Slovakia? And what could I do, if anything, that would impact the ministry taking place there.

May 5, 2009 arrived quickly. Our time in Slovakia was busy. Every morning, afternoon, and evening we were ministering to cell groups, individuals, leadership groups, etc. My husband and another minister who traveled with us handled these meetings. I still had no idea what I could offer...

http://blog.ourchurch.com/2009/07/22/social-networking-slovakia-adventures-pastors-wife/

Other recent articles:

- Kenya and the Ubiquitous Cell Phone
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2009/07/16/kenya-and-the-ubiquitous-cell-phone/

- Internet Access in Kenya
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2009/07/13/internet-access-in-kenya/

- The Internet is a True Blessing for us!
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2009/07/10/the-internet-is-a-true-blessing-for-us/

4) SHARE YOUR MISSIONS EXPERIENCE
Did you read the guest blog articles by Molly Bail and Wendy Spoon? Both Molly and Wendy wrote great articles about how they used the Internet to enhance their missions work. The articles were read by thousands of people, and will impact the way some of those people do missions work in the future. If you've done short or long-term missions work outside your native country and utilized the Internet in that ministry, you too can share your insight in a guest blog article. Read more about this opportunity on the Christian Web Trends blog.
http://blog.ourchurch.com/become-a-guest-blogger/

5) FUNNY VIDEO - BIBLE RAP
Check out this month's humorous video. Embed it in your site to give your visitors a good laugh.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeloN23PRrc

6) NEW TEMPLATE AND 18 MORE EDITABLE
This month we've added a new NE1 template with the scripture "Let the little children come to me." It's a great template for a school, class, or children's ministry. Plus we've made another 18 NE1 templates editable bringing the total editable templates to 64.
http://forums.ourchurch.com/viewtopic.php?t=5862

7) NEW COUPON - ONLY AVAILABLE IN THIS NEWSLETTER
Click on the coupon below to "claim" it. After claiming the coupon, it will appear in the order form for all of your OCC websites until it expires. It can be used once per site. If you have any problems clicking on the coupon, you can also claim it by going to your order form and entering coupon code missionsmo.
http://www.ourchurch.com/edit/order2.php?couponClaim=Submit&couponCode=missionsmo

Thanks for hosting your website at OurChurch.Com. Post your comments and questions concerning this newsletter here in our forums.

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"Let your prayers for immediate needs be with such faith that you expect God to do a miracle even while you are praying." - jeremiah7

Sound off on our message boards - http://forums.ourchurch.com/viewtopic.php?p=22453#22453

NEWSLETTER POLL
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Have you ever served on a missions trip?

- Yes
- No

Vote: http://www.ourchurch.com/edit/NE1survey4.php

NE1 TIP O' THE MONTH
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Missionaries are able to stay better connected than ever using a website, blog, and Facebook.

WEBSITE SPOTLIGHT: Eaden's Garden Ė http://www.eadensgarden.org
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Info on PowerPoints Challenge - http://www.ourchurch.com/help/help-powerpoints.php
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