Angelo Blancaflor – Authentic Online Witness
How an online writer’s group is forming life-changing friendships
God has prepared a rich set of relationships with the people we meet in online communities, but investing in those relationships as real, significant parts of our lives is challenging. The first barrier is authenticity – how do we include our spiritual lives without breaking trust with those we meet? In this talk, I will share how I have invested in an online writer’s community and have built trust over the last six months. I began as one of hundreds of readers, built a reader’s group of a dozen, and started a book club of three, with whom I plan to meet up with in-person later this month. As I have gotten to know these writers, sharing the gospel took on a new meaning. It’s not enough to simply articulate my faith – Jesus is inviting me to be a source of hope and encouragement to my community. In doing online evangelism, God is breaking down physical boundaries of the sharing gospel!