My friend Rachel is a missionary in Africa. She teaches kindergarten. Her ministry are her kids and their families.
My friends Doug and Carrie are missionaries in Mexico. They work with abused women and the local church.
My friend Tommy works on a ship taking the gospel to people all over the world.
I live in Florida and work mainly in an office on my computer or behind a camera.
So what do I do? Why would I call myself a missionary?
It is a good question for my supporters to ask of me, and for me to ask myself...
What Media Ministry Is:
Media Ministry is the use of things like film, social media, pictures, and graphic design (only naming a few) to share the gospel with people, to encourage the Church, and to show people the love of Christ at work. At I-TEC it is the ministry that gives a face to the organization and enables people to learn more about our tools and ministry opportunities. It also encourages people to think more missionally and embrace our vision to "teach and train indigenous Christ-followers" to do things for themselves, rather than doing things for them.
What I Do:
1.) As "Social Media Director" I post daily on our Facebook and Instagram. I also respond to messages and questions that come from those sites. My goal here is to encourage people who ask for prayer, uplift people with what God has done and is doing, and enable people to get involved with us.
2.) As half of the Media department I help document everything I-TEC does: from flying car test flights to videos of Steve Saint, from maternity pictures for my co-workers to medical training trips. This is a big part of ministry and is the part most people see when they look at I-TEC. I love being part of missions by interviewing missionaries and filming videos to encourage the Church. I am learning so much in this department!
In the office at our editing suite.
Filming Steve talk at a Missions Conference in Kentucky.
3.) As a Communications Major I write content for the website, edit content for video scripts, and write the newsletter. I love that my brain gets to be used in this way and I know my parents will love that I admitting my college degree was helpful. =) This ministry involves helping Steve Saint write and gets me pumped on the things going on here.
Translation work from Spanish to English.
Interviewing Brian Fikkert (of the Chalmer's Center and When Helping Hurts).
My role consisted of writing the questions and and conducting the interviews.
4.) As Stephanie I help with the designing of our booths for conferences, sets for our videos, and other visual things we need to build and film.
Sgns I painted for our tools...Brian (my boss) and my new booth design for conferences...
What's In Store:
1.) Right now we are filming a new 9 part video series for the "Life Focus" department of I-TEC. After working on this set we are now in the scripting and filming processes. This series will help North Americans in applying God's teaching to different aspects of their lives.
2.) Vamos a Ecuador! On the 20th of February our media team is embarking to Ecuador for 5 weeks to teach media to Christ-followers in the area of Shell. We are ecstatic to teach others how to film and storytelling to share the love of Christ with others. I am teaching a social media class and translating the rest of the classes into Spanish. I am nervous to translate but so excited to learn and enable others to share the gospel visually. More on this trip as we get closer and as we are there! We are looking into even more trips to train in media as pastors have asked us to come train their churches as well. Africa anyone?