There’s hardly a young person out there without a mobile phone and a British church hopes to tap into their technological dexterity with a new campaign encouraging young people to text about their faith.
Textify was recently launched by Hope Revolution, a youth outreach at the Redeemed Christian Church of God’s Festival of Life in Manchester, England.
As part of the campaign, the plan is for hundreds of young people will use their mobile phones and social netowrks to begin conversations about Jesus.
The campaign takes 1 Peter 3:15 as its inspiration, encouraging young people to “textify” as a way to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
The program challenges young Christians to spend a week praying for three friends and then text them each a question or “God thought” as a conversation starter. Participants are encouraged to pray daily for their friends and use their responses as an opportunity to speak about the difference Jesus makes in their life.
According to Christian Life, a British news website”
The vision is to see conversations drenched in prayer, youths empowered and confident to engage in mission, and young people coming to know Christ.
Bajo Akisanya, National Youth Director for the Redeemed Christian Church of God, said: “RCCG are really excited about what we could see accomplished through the young people of this nation as they Textify together.”
Phil Timson, the new Youth Director for HOPE said: “We understand that it can be tough for young people to talk about what they believe and there is a real element of courage needed to do this.
“However, what better way is there to get out of our comfort zone, and build up confidence together, than getting on our mobiles for Jesus and using them to Textify”.
Hope Revolution is especially encouraging young Christians to partcipate in Textify between now and September 30 as an opportunity to start in the new term as they mean to go on.
Timson continued: “This will be the start of more than just a conversation. Our vision is to see every Christian young person in the UK taking bold steps forward to share their hope with others through the way they live, what they say and what they do.