Andy Su The Computer technology has recently grown from its infancy, the simple word processor to become a mass multi-media giant. Merging with television, telephone and motion-pictures, the computer has invaded almost every aspect of our lives beyond our imagination. In the light of the present computer technology, what is the Lordís will for the great commission - preaching the gospel to all the world, especially for the 1.3 billion Chinese people ? The following is what the Lord has revealed to us about 'Chinese Christian Computing' development. We ask you to join us in prayer and also, Lord willing, to be on the support team. 1. The Electronic Missionary : Proclaim the Gospel to 1.3 billion Chinese After the door to Russia was opened, worker of Campus Crusade International were astounded to find the tremendous thirst and hunger for the Gospel among the Russian people. Even if they were to send thousands of missionaries over, it still would not fill the enormous spiritual hunger of the millions of Russian people; therefore, they began to think to preach the gospel in the electronic way. First of all, they plan to create an interactive discipleship training CD-ROM to fill the need of a teacher shortage. By setting up thousands of PC all over Russia, these could be the interactive training centers for many churches and gospel teams. Instructors could come to many churches from time to time to answer and improve the results of CDROM. Secondly, by setting up a Christian Seminary Center in Internet, students could have access to Christian resources at home or at church or anywhere network available. By using E-mail, students could contact the teacher directly and promptly. Also electronic Christian conferences are possible on-line at presumed schedule. What has happened in Russia will happen in China when the gospel door is flung open. Yes, we will need millions of missionaries to China for the 1.3 billion Chinese souls. We will also need professionals to provide the electronic Chinese Christian resources to reach every family in China through television and computer network. The Lord is already preparing the groundwork for the telecommunication environment in China. Before the year 2000, China will have one of the biggest advanced telecommunication facilities in the world. Once the gospel door of China is totally opened, what can we provide to satisfy the spiritual hunger of the 1.3 billion Chinese souls? The Chinese Buddhist media has already surpassed Chinese Christian Media. In Taiwan, there are several Buddhist Cable TV in operation. If we do not have this media vision of reaching every family in China, the Buddhist will undoubtedly utilize their Buddhist resources into television and Computer media to reach China. In light of this eventuality, what action is the Lordís will for us to take ? 2. Professional Dedication : Give your utmost to be an electronic witness for the worldís largest unborn population Forty years ago when the Far East Radio Broadcasting ministry set up their powerful transmitter stations in Asia, many Christian professionals, such as electronic engineers, civil engineers and other engineers came from different nations. They teamed together to set up the first radio station beamed to China. Now forty years later, the Chinese Christians have grown to around sixty millions, the second largest Christian population in the world. However, there are still 1.2 billion Chinese lost souls . With the computer technology merging with television, we will have better chance than ever to impact the largest unborn population with the great commission. We can be electronic witnesses for the Chinese. Many souls has been converted through a single tract or one book or one clip of Jesus video. More souls could be converted through one verse in bible software or one witness in multimedia CD or one single answer from Internet E-mail. The Lord can use any form of gospel media, from the written paper to any electronic resources to accomplish his work of salvation. However, for this to happen requires your spiritual and professional dedication before many souls receive the witness and be blessed. The Lord does not call every Christian to be a preacher, but if you are a professional, he need your professional skill. Is he calling you ? Will you follow him in this electronic vision ? We are praying for you ! 3. Pre-evangelism : Chinese Computer Classes -- opening to door to the Gospel message As the computer technology becomes more and more advanced, there is a growing sense of isolation and fear. The computer has created even a greater generation gap. Tien Dao Christian Media has opened two Chinese computer classes. Many students admit that their motive for learning the computer skill is to conquer the isolation its fear. Another motive is to use the computer to achieve their own goals. This is one of the greatest opportunities for pre-evangelism. In our classes, we use the gospel videos, personal testimonies of Christian speakers, tutors and students to teach. This gives a good gospel background for prayer and fellowship. In this way, the non-believer receives a vivid impression of what is a Christian and what is the Christian Spirit. Through this understanding, they become more open to the gospel message. In Berkeley Christian Gospel Church, this kind of computer classes have made contact with hundreds of friends from Mainland China. Through this opening, the soil was being prepared for the crusade to come. At Christmas 1993, forty people received Christ in the crusade . Praise the Lord ! 4. Bible Study Software : Delving into the treasures of Godís word The Computer Bible Software is the first merger between Gospel and computer. Tien Dao Christian Media have distributed 500 copies of Tien Dao Chinese Bible software to Chinese churches and Chinese Christian all over the world. For the many Christian non-computer nerds, this has enabled them to find the Chinese verses or search the Chinese bible words/phrase and cut/paste the Chinese bible verses. Not only has this greatly enhanced their understanding of Chinese Bible , but it has saved a lot of data entry time for a more efficient ministry. More over, Chinese bible commentaries and maps can be link into the Chinese Bible verses for a more complete bible study. Even Chinese voice and Chinese video from Jesus video may be hyper-mediaed into the Chinese Bible verses. Jesus can come alive from computer as you study the Chinese Bible. You can experience greater depth as you use these Chinese Christian resources. All of above can be a great electronic missionary to any Chinese Christian or Chinese non-Christian . However we will need many Chinese Christians devoted to this vision and make it come true under the will of God. 5. How to join this "Chinese Christian Computing" Ministry ? First, please pray for the volunteers and co-workers now at work as called by God. May His will be done on earth as in heaven. May His kingdom come through every electronic points. Second, share the vision with every Christian. Third, you are welcome to join our Computer for Christ fellowship. We have at present two teams : Software Engineer Group and Multimedia Group. We are about to set up three group : Computer network, Computer Class and Video for Christ. Every team is a realistic and solid project and they need your dedication and commitment. The above are just a little beginning of the Lordís Project and Vision. With your prayers and dedication, more and more of the vision will be revealed by the Lord. May the Lord Bless You as you join this ministry and proclaim His holy name to all the world. Tien Dao Christian Media 10883-B S. Blaney Ave. Cupertino, CA 95014, USA Tel : 408-446-1668, Fax : 408-446-1892 BBS : 408-446-0239, PM 8:00 - AM 8:00 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org FTP : ftp.netcom.com, pub/tiendao Compuserve : Go CIN67, Chinese Christian Section.