International (MNN) — When COVID-19 locked down the Middle East, the Arab world began engaging in social media technology like never before.
Samuel from Redemptive Stories says, “Everyone was stuck at home in many different countries for long, long periods of time. As people, we are very social. We still need to find some way to socialize. During the pandemic that has often happened online. That being said, it has also opened the opportunity for many, many people to come to faith and to be interested in spiritual things. Many more organizations are seeing this as an opportunity.”
It’s a new frontier for Christian life and practice. Redemptive Stories has created a series of online training courses to help Christians navigate these new challenges and opportunities. Samuel says the courses explore what can be done virtually in the life of the church and what must be done in person.
Some communities have very limited access to other Christians in person. Samuel says, “Particularly for women in our culture, it’s nearly impossible for them to go outside of the bounds of a certain sphere: a limited geographical area but also a sphere of relationships. We see a need for women in particular to have opportunities to attend and to grow in their faith.”