About 2000 years ago, Jesus left His followers with the command to go and tell the world about Him. Ever since that moment, the message of the gospel has traversed the Earth in almost every way you can imagine!
The Roman Road
Paved roads were constructed throughout the Roman Empire to facilitate military travel and commerce. These roads changed the face of the Empire as ideas and philosophies began to move quickly between regions, the greatest of which would be the message carried by a Jewish believer named Paul.
Prior to papyrus, ideas were generally communicated verbally or by carving scripts into stone or wood. As papyrus scrolls became more accessible, scripture and biblical teachings could spread much further, allowing The Apostles to empower even the faraway churches of Asia and Europe.
The Magnetic Compass
Adapted from earlier Chinese versions, this technology initiated the Age of Discovery, enabling explorers to navigate distant and unchartered lands, paving the way for missionaries to take the message of Jesus to places they never knew existed.
The Printing Press
The printing press revolutionised Europe. At the time, the rarity of books meant that only the rich were able to read. However the printing press enabled the production of more than 20 million books by 1500, many of which were Bibles and Christian texts. As a result, the gospel was made available to many people who were previously unable to access it. The printing press also paved the way for the Protestant Reformation.
The movement of ideas through the air was quite possibly the most powerful of all inventions. Radio transmission would revolutionise communication for the rest of history - (you're probably reading this on a wireless device right now). Radio became an integral piece of the Christian evangelism strategy throughout the 20th century, enabling the gospel to go where missionaries couldn't.
Despite not being commercially viable until 1914, flight meant that missionaries could start travelling to isolated villages and unreached people groups. From Ecuador to Africa and Papua New Guinea to Haiti, suddenly the geographical limits to where the gospel could reach were no longer obstacles.
Reaching an audience of 50 million within just 13 years, the TV quickly became a staple of communication worldwide. While at times slow on the uptake, Christians soon embraced this medium to convey the message of Jesus, broadcasting the gospel to nearly every country on the planet.
It's hard to overstate the degree to which the Internet is changing the world. With smart phones becoming such a huge part of our lives, and social networking sites like Facebook being our go-to communication platforms now, we almost can't imagine life without the Internet. At yesHEis we see the opportunities that are opening as the world moves online, and we believe it truly is going to be the stage for the greatest movement in all of history.
While at times it can seem like technology creates a scary frontier, we believe that God wasn't surprised by any of these developments. At every point He made a way for His Church to embrace the opportunities to tell more people of His love, and we believe that the Internet, the furthest reaching of all these technologies, is no different. At yesHEis we couldn’t be more convinced that God has a purpose for this platform, and so we are dedicated to utilising it to empower believers everywhere to share the life changing message of Jesus.