Youth Invited to Share Virtual Mission Trip Experience

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ALEXANDRIA, MN (December 10, 2008) – Tim Schmoyer, youth pastor at Alexandria Covenant Church, has launched a two-week “online missions campaign” to involve teens around the world in an evangelization effort through social media such as Facebook.

For weeks, Schmoyer has teased the campaign through his popular website, advertising it as a “free mission trip.” The trip is scheduled February 1-14.

“Using the Internet makes it easier than ever to follow Jesus’ command . . .”

During the trip, Schmoyer writes on his website, participants will be “uploading videos, photos, posting links, using status updates to share what God’s doing in their lives, writing notes, sending messages, posting on blogs, creating event invites to youth group, and anything else that will bring God up in a conversation that starts online and hopefully spreads to a face-to-face discussion.”

Pre-trip training is slated for January 11-31 using materials that are already are available online. Outreach events and new-believer follow-up will start February 15. The follow-up will include a free four-part series from entitled “What’s Next.” A Facebook group has been established for everyone interested in the campaign.

Using the Internet “makes it easier than ever” to follow Jesus’ command to “Go and make disciples of all nations,” Schmoyer writes on the campaign website.

Recent political campaigns, especially that of President-elect Barack Obama, demonstrate the power of social networking, Schmoyer says. One of the training videos includes an interview with an Obama campaign worker on how she used social media to promote the candidate.

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