By Dr. Mark Flattery on October 25, 2018
“I tried killing myself twice this year because I feel like everyone would be happy without me and I'm afraid I might do it again. Please help.”
Heart cries like this one — originating from Egypt — flood Network211 each day.
Clearly, individuals worldwide search the Internet for answers to life’s dilemmas. Created with the goal of connecting 21st-century people with a first century gospel, Network211 maintains interactive online communities and presents the truth of the gospel.
Beyond the initial presentation, Network211 provides online discipleship content to help searching and hurting Internet users learn to apply God’s truth to daily life. It also directs them to local churches, whenever possible, whose members follow up with each individual through personal ministry and by inviting them to church.
Network211’s 1-2-1 Connector teams, made up of believers in churches around the world, reply to individuals with biblical answers, prayer, directions to JourneyOnline, an online interactive discipleship community, and connections to local churches.
Network211 now has 1-2-1 Connectors in 22 nations. The advantage is that local teams tend to know better the background of the question or response, the cultural nuances, and can direct individuals more readily to a local church.
To date, more than 34 million people in more than 242 countries and territories have viewed a gospel presentation, and more than 1.6 million have made an evangelism response.
We dream of reaching more. Our goal is to offer JourneyOnline in the top 10 languages of the Internet. Communities are in process for Russian, Spanish, Mandarin, and French. Please pray that we can build them and, as the Lord brings resources, address Arabic, Japanese, Indonesian, German, and Portuguese.
We also dream of expanding JourneyOnline to more targets audiences, such as Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. The Hindi language is already in the top five most spoken languages of the world, and by 2021 will surpass English as the most used Internet language in India.
One target audience already being served by an online interactive resource is the military community (www.TheWarriorsJourney.org). This resource speaks spiritual truth and serves as a connecting point to like-minded, faith-based groups to deal with the unique challenges faced by men and women in the armed forces.
We thank the Lord that The Warrior’s Journey is gaining acceptance among chaplains of all military branches and its impact is growing daily. One soldier wrote:
“When I got home from my second tour, my wife told me that I needed help and that I was really a messed up guy. I was angry at her for thinking that and I told her I was just fine. Several times she tried to get me connected to VA counselors to help me but I never went to talk to anyone. I really thought I was just fine. Now, after 47 years of marriage she left me and said until I get help she can no longer deal with me."
“My children will not speak with me and now my wife is gone. I think I’m messed up! I Googled messed up veteran and found your website, The Warrior’s Journey. I don’t know you, but it seems from your website you know me and know how I might be able to get some help for my issues. I would really like to talk to someone who has gone through what I have gone through and can help me.”
Kevin Weaver, Network211 CEO, responded within minutes and connected this warrior with a community that focuses on his specific issues in a Christian context. We praise the Lord that this man received the help he needed, his life was transformed and his marriage was saved.
Together, we share the Good News. It is the Lord who brings the harvest and He receives the glory!