Compassion

To be compassionate means to have the Call to Offer Mercy to People who’re Affected, Searching and Seeking Inspiration to Overcome the Now.

Attention! Attention!!

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Attention! Attention!!

In the book Net Smart, Rheingold reminded me of a concept attention which makes sense to anyone who is online today. This is because most of the people who is online understands what it means to paying attention and what things we pay attention to. People have learned how to multitask when using the internet and we have to pay attention to what we are doing online.
I have friends who are very attached to the video games as the only way of life. They spend less than an hour in a conversation no matter what. And I concur with Rheingold that it is hard to tell or think we can change habits that people have build over time.

Mindfulness in the digital ministry means we are aware and attuned to the information and relationship we have in the online community. Rheingold says “Mindful use of digital media means thinking about what we are doing, cultivating an ongoing inner inquiry into how we want to spend our time.” We can only be successful in doing this by having self control.

I am grateful by the tools that Rheingold has identified to help us thrive, shape and participate in the digital community without drowning in the social media. I love this picture posted by Alex Iskold.

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A testimony

As a Christian I grew up in a community that valued the importance of a testimony from believers. The testimony acted and does even today as way to witness the marvelous works that God has done in their lives. The believers in a Christian circles had to tell their story of what God had done through forgiving, restoring and blessing in their lives. However, there are many testimonies we never heard or we will never hear because there was no other way open to tell the story.

Hoyt says that “The power of testimony is to give voice to the faith that lets people run on to see what the end’s gonna be.” I can attest that going to the digital ministry is a great idea especially to bring the many stories and testimonies of what is happening in the world. As we heard from the African children choir the world is a small village with technology. We cannot under estimate the witnessing that is happening when we send a message to the twitter, facebook or YouTube to share. The witnessing is not only through the preaching or songs but also the stories, pictures and videos that people are sharing every minute.

People from all culture have plunged themselves into the media ministry. I feel when the church goes in the digital ministry it is a very powerful way of bringing the presence of God before the world. It also symbolizes the church going where people are rather than only being in the four corners. There are many stories and images in our daily life and in the society that are shared in the media that could not be heard. I believe my presence after the experience in this class I will bring a better engagement in the digital ministries.

An act that sparkle.

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Working with the Cherish ministry in Tacoma has taught me and given me an opportunity to view the world in a new perspective. As I go about day to day endeavors, my mind cannot stop thinking how I can be the hands and feet of Christ in a broken and hurting world. In the process I have understood that to have compassion means to have the Call to Offer Mercy to People who’re Affected, Searching and Seeking Inspiration to Overcome the Now. (Acronym-Compassion)

I have witnessed lives changed through the compassion shown by friends who have given their resources to sponsored children in Meru, Kenya. It is a blessing for Dorothy to receive a wheelchair from friends to use at home and in her everyday life. She was using the crutches for some years prior to being carried by her mother on her back whenever there is a scheduled appointment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdA2v-98rvU Lucy and Grace are two angels who were in a bad situation before they found a home to live because they are orphans. They received help from a family who helps pay for their basic need. “But with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” (Isaiah 54:8). These are few of the many examples I can give of what God has done through many people who have showed compassion to the hurting world. http://uppc-kenya.blogspot.com/

The important question you should ask yourself is: do you show compassion to people who cannot help themselves? Jesus does not only cares for you and me but also the hurting world. However, what are doing to show mercy or kindness to those that are suffering? Can you look, see, talk, judge and act? Is there a better way to view the hurting world? Yes! When you come across someone who requires help take time to step back and ask yourself, what would Jesus do if He was in my position? It is easy to see and talk about the hurting world. But to be the hands and feet of Christ in a broken and hurting world it will take you to be aware, awake and attuned to yourself and others and the world around you. I wonder how you would feel if you arrived in heaven and God said to you, “I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.” (Matthew 25: 31-46 NLT)

It is time to arise, see and judge the world in different lens in order to act in a compassionate way and be a blessing to others. The world is a small village so it does no matter where you are, who you are and what you have. The little things we do they will change world. “If you want others to be happy practice compassion,” said Dalai Lama. I hope when you see this film it will be a starting point. I would appreciate your comment.

Thank you.

Time To Listen.

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This film was very helpful for me to explore the underlying assumptions, biases and judgments toward people who are homeless. It is a reflective film with moving stories from people who are homeless. This is a good teaching tool to include in my kit because it is important for helping to develop self awareness and gain insight regarding human relations. Listening attentively and engaging our energies in the other person opens the door towards care, openness and honesty. I am challenged and inspired to embrace the power of choice to exercise my freedom and be responsibility to have love, compassion and care to other people.


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I Fear

After being in the US for the last 3 years I have been blessed to communicate and speak to diverse people about religion, politics, trade, cultures and many other different things. I have realized people hold different opinions about social media. One of my friend says, “I have a cell phone, I text and I do email, but I don’t need Facebook or tweet. I am scared about social media because I do not know who is going to be my friend on Facebook or who will follow me on Twitter. I fear people to make bad comments, tag wrong picture on my wall or cause problems in my personal and professional life.”

I empathize with my friend but putting myself in his shoes the question that I ask is; what will I do? Will he build a wall to protect myself from the fast world of social media? Or should I keep the ministries into the world off the social media? I appreciate 

Our discussion in class today was very focused and  I am grateful that it was touching on the morality and legality of what we communicated especially by the media. The book  Click 2 Save has been helpful to answer the questions, fears and anxiety that arises from the idea to have the digital ministries. I appreciate the authors for making it clear that the need for a digital ministry is to have “an authentic representation of self and ministry that humanizes the community of faith in a digital world.” I believe the digital ministry is an extension of the church to offer its real presence and communication in a relational way to the members of a congregation.

I think it is the greatest tool to keep the congregation engaged to the message of Christ and to reach others. We cannot create a wall but open ourselves to the people to engage all and the globe at large with the gospel. It is only by risking to go into the social media that we can experience the authentic engagement and be able to array our fears.


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The new tools

Shirky has convincingly argued that through Facebook, My Space, Twitter, Wikipedia and LinkedIn people have built bridges of sharing, cooperating, and collective action which have changed all professions, churches, and authoritarian governments in their day-to-day businesses. An example is the revolution that took place in the Arab spring especially in Egypt. The adoption of this new behavior of communication is spreading like fire and it is unstoppable.