Hey Josh, Nick asked me to post this on his behalf:
I was a bit surprised by your comments on the Labs Flickr board - as you probably know, in most of the Gulf states, Middle East and North African (arab) countries (e.g. Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Aden, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Turkey) being a Christian isn't illegal! Many of these countries have (spiritually) strong Christian communities and the governments or rulers have generously provided land, facilities, even money for churches and Christian communities to develop a real presence.
What these expatriate and local church communities frequently lack (even the 'Western' oriented denominations such as the Anglican Communion) is (1) web savvy pastoral staff - many are 'one man' pastors/priests who's ministry burden are already significant (2) access to church/congregation members with gifting in technical/design/communications suitable for the web, advertising, fundraising, etc. and (3) sufficient funding to be able to afford the generally 'high' costs of having a firm say from US or Europe design/promote/market.
Having said all that, these countries not only represent a large number of the most unreached peoples in the world, but there are also large numbers of un-churched expatriates living and working in these countries. These churches have the same 'communication needs' as many/any other churches as they seek to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission in these challenging locations - just, perhaps, in different ways/proportions to churches in the developed world, i.e.
~ Celebrate and showcase God's Grace, Love and Mercy at work through His church
~ Where appropriate (i.e. the congregations are sufficiently 'e' or 'net' savvy) provide web-based services and information for them
~ Provide easy access to information for seekers, transitory people, new arrivals in countries and cities
~ Provide opportunities for the global Christian community to support these ministries in prayer and financially.
By the way, I have lived and worked in the region since 1982 so I understand the nature of the 'secure' work that perhaps your wife was doing and I sincerely appreciate, respect and give Him thanks for her ministry - however, Kingdom workers in the field also need techie help sometimes to showcase/package their ministry needs/achievements in order to raise and maintain support, etc.
My vision for setting up a lab was to hopefully connect with servant-hearted, missional minded, professionals and talented amateurs in the region, who share a passion to see His church equipped and enabled and the Kingdom expanded, to share ideas/skills and perhaps collaborate on projects of mutual interest.
43 months ago