Written by: Morgan Lane
It’s not a secret that social media has made a major impact on our culture in the last few years. We use social media to view funny posts, catch up on the latest celebrity scandals, and most importantly stay connected with family and friends. The different social media platforms that have been created allow individuals to express, share, and capture the moments they want to show others. The online world has become a major factor in our lives. However, it’s important to recognize the difference between a FACTOR in our life and BECOMING our life. There are benefits to the use and power of social media. For example, mission trips can use social media to fundraise, communicate, and advocate the mission goal.
A new way to Fundraise
Social media has allowed those who are called to go on missions to share this opportunity and to raise support, either financially or prayerfully. There are websites out there such as Go Fund Me and Fund the Nations that provides individuals the ability to establish what they are raising money for and share it on different social media platforms. Fund the Nations is specifically a company that assists in designing T-shirts to sell and raise money for mission trips. This website can particularly help the individual by distributing the image of the T-shirt on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, to gain support and interest. According to YWAM Louisville, taking your mission fundraising online gives you a broader audience and an easier way to track the support. Facebook, for example, may have friends and family in other states or even countries that would be able to go online and support in a way that wouldn’t be available without social media. With the website, Go Fund Me, it provides a way to keep track of the amount of money donated to the mission trip.
On a mission? Communicate it.
Social media nowadays allows individuals to be able to stay updated on immediate news and stories. This is particularly something important for those out on missions. For example, when out on a mission, I know many individuals who would love to communicate what they have learned and experienced while there. One way that social media assists in this is through blogs. Individuals are able to blog about the mission field, share it on various social media platforms, and keep their family and friends informed. Communication is key to social media and mission trips can benefit from this communication by telling the story of another culture’s perspective on life.
The Mission Never Ends
Even when an individual comes home from a mission trip, the mission doesn’t have to end. Social media provides a chance for people to share their experience and recommend going on a mission trip to others. Returning from a mission trip, the individual or group of people have a way to advocate for other missions through social media. Using Facebook posts, Twitter links to blogs, or even posting pictures from the mission on Instagram are great ways to spread the mission experience. Youth Works is a website that has other creative ideas to use social media for mission trips, such as creating a hashtag for the trip to engage others in the conversation.
Even before a mission trip begins, an individual can use social media to start the story. Many people associate social media to distractions and harmful habits, but it’s important to recognize the benefits of social media. Without social media, there wouldn’t be a broad audience, new fundraising techniques, or communicate the experience of mission trips.