It all began with a phone call. “Would you like to send a Bible text to your friends every day?” was my question.
“Yes, I would like that very much” was my mother’s reply.
My mother lives alone in the south of Germany. I live in Sweden. She owns a cell phone and keeps in regular contact with a fair number of people. At the time of our conversation, her age, 84, didn’t keep her from gladly sharing the Word of God with her friends. Knowing she used a communications application, I realized it would be the perfect venue for sending Bible verses to her friends on a regular basis.
Each day I sent her a Bible verse. Soon I realized others might also like to receive and share these texts. A small seed was planted. I had no idea how much it would grow.
At first about 15 people received a daily text. The group soon grew, and so did the requests. I then started a broadcast group to reach more people. It wasn’t long before the request came to send these texts not only in German but also in English. Why not?
The multilingual option added more personal contacts, eventually expanding the daily broadcasts beyond Sweden. They now go all over Europe, to Australia, the United States, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Over the years, through my photography work, I have accumulated an extensive image archive on the theme of creation. The image does not always need to come from nature, although nature images often seem the most powerful. I also use images purchased from online image sites. Free photography sites are also available.
Two years have passed, and more than 800 messages have been sent. This wonderful ministry will continue with God’s help. My mom, now 86, is still witnessing daily to her contacts. Perhaps you too would like to consider this ministry. There are challenges. It should be a daily activity, and it involves persistence and preparation. With God’s help, you can begin, and watch your ministry grow.
Henry Stober is a Seventh-day Adventist filmmaker who lives in Sweden.