Endale is a ‘digital missionary’. He uses WhatsApp for evangelism and discipleship among students.
WhatsApp is a great tool to start spiritual conversations and train people. Endale started organizing WhatsApp groups for about 20 people at a time, recording his voice and sending it to them as they listen and reflect in the group. So far, he has trained nearly 300 digital missionaries, Joel News reported.
Together they use WhatsApp to share the Gospel in one-on-one conversations. They have reached more than 3,000 people, with nearly 100 people receiving Christ and going through a follow-up and discipleship process in WhatsApp. As a result, they started a church for the new believers named ‘the Church of God’, which meets entirely on the messaging app.
Yes you read that right: a WhatsApp Church!
They meet every week. Endale shares an audio sermon for about 20 to 30 minutes. Another member records a worship song and shares it in the chat. The church encourages each other, reading the Bible together and even giving money to their ministry.
But why WhatsApp? Why not just go to church? His church members are mainly living in Central Asian and Arabic countries and they don’t have a way to safely meet together for fellowship. The WhatsApp church is the one and only way that they can grow in their faith and do ministry.
The WhatsApp church has around 300 active church members, each knowing each other by name. Endale even married one of his disciples from WhatsApp. He was using the Win-Build-Send strategy, though he kept one for himself. :-)