When I went to Honduras, I chose to learn about the country and its culture. I didn’t want to come across as the typical ugly American. Because social media is global, we need to audit our social media so we share biblical truths framed in love and compassion, written or verbally said in ways that culture will understand. Perception is everything.
My video software is not working as well as it should be, and the quirks keep me from uploading new “Coffee With Nikki” Vlogs. All video production will be postponed until I have purchased new video software at the end of February or beginning of March.
I have to save the money to get it. It is better stewardship to get Corel Video Pro versus paying a subscription per month to Adobe. I use Corel Video Pro at my day job. This is a great product, and at less than one hundred dollars, a good deal. With my camcorder, I need something that does better things with sound. Corel has been able to rescue a poorly made video with weak sound in the past.
What keeps me from pushing out consistent videos every week?
You don’t have to have read the book prior to joining the book discussion. As someone with WorldVenture, it is exciting to find books that play a part in what I do with them. I haven’t finished the book yet, but chose to share my thoughts on it based on the first impression and chapter. Will you join me? I know there are many of you who crave connection, but have a hard time connecting, especially in church.
Beginning Saturday, January 14, a new Vlog (a video or spoken blog rather than written) will begin.
Don’t worry though…I am replacing a written blog with a vlog so I am not stretching myself thin while I raise support. There are a couple of different purposes for doing this. Plus, I’ll explain who inspired this new series.
First, you can do missions and evangelism online from your living room without getting dressed and in your favorite fuzzy slippers. This is what my friend said as I worked with her on a video. Inspired by this, I thought, “What a great way marry humor and serious subjects together in one five minute vlog!”
The Vlog will do two things (I hope):
Inspire the church to think outside the box when thinking about missions and evangelism.
Inspire the person seeking to know Jesus to converse with me.
One of the most important pieces of advice I read some years ago was, “Choose a broad subject when deciding on what kind of blog you want to write so you never run out of subjects.”
The blog will cover:
Social Media and technology stories.
Not everyone is into the video thing, but most of the world is as evidenced by YouTube’s ever growing audience as the top video social network in the world. That is why my blog here will have half written blogs and half video blogs. It’ll be a goofy news segment or a casual devotional. I am buying some of the props this week and borrowed a prop in which I hope to have time to put the intro video together by Wednesday morning.
Will you pray for this new series? Like anything…being a Social Media Missionary means that I am constantly adapting to changing trends and ideas in order to reach the lost and the unloved and unchurched.
Right now I’m still using a cheap camcorder or my tablet or my phone for these segments. I am hoping this year to buy a DSLR camera to do better audio and video. I’m also not happy with my video program. It’s okay, but I still like Coral Video better. This is a program I have been using as a church secretary at Solid Rock Christian Fellowship. I also like Adobe Video, but that’s too expensive for now. As ministry grows and as support grows so will my equipment so I can steadily improve online ministry.
But the most important aspect of online ministry is ENGAGEMENT. All these fancy things are simply vehicles for engagement.
I know it’s been a while since I have edited a video. With raising financial partners, working 36-hour weeks, and, in addition to that, running my social media and websites, time has not been a friend.
I am hoping to get one done by January. When I am 100% funded, I will be able to do this full time, and therefore, have more time to connect with people who have amazing testimonies to share.
Raising support makes life crazy. My last post today posted without anything in the body of the post. This reminded me that I failed to get online today to update the latest in the Wilderness Trekking Series.
This was created using a tablet, a smart phone, and the woman’s own smart phone as mine ran out of room. For the next series, I have ordered a camcorder with a 32 Gigabyte memory card. It’s a cheap camcorder as I have not raised the support yet to run full time ministry. On a church secretary’s salary, I am barely supporting my websites as it is through God’s generosity.
This video was created at my job a year or so ago. I asked a sincere question on a Facebook group that was created for the community in which I live. The hardest part was staying objective through the research process. The end result was a fantastic video that I sometimes still use today when helping a church design a personalized online ministry. The other result was seeing the responses from people. If I was not making a video, I would have participated in a discussion with them. Please enjoy the video.