I had the honor of being a part of Biola’s Imagination Summit, or “iSummit”, a couple of weeks ago. The one-day event, held on campus March 12th, brought in several outside speakers to motivate faculty, staff, and students to think about the new possibilities of using digital technologies to extend Biola beyond its La Mirada campus. I had the privilege of being a part of the faculty panel in the afternoon session, where we got to present our vision and interact in a Q&A with the guest speakers.
This was an exciting event for me because I, along with a few others at Biola, have been scheming and dreaming about how to take the unique and exceptional resources that Biola has to offer the world and utilize the Internet to make them available worldwide. This summit was a positive step towards making that happen.
As I noted above, the iSummit featured several notable speakers, whom you can read about on the iSummit web site. But I want to focus on just one of them: Walt Wilson, founder and chairman of Global Media Outreach. Walt spoke passionately about the use of the Internet, combined with mobile devices, to reach the entire world for Christ by 2020. He believes that there is now no barrier to everyone having a mobile device and being connected. And it is now up to us to take advantage and spread the gospel to the “ends of the earth”. More from Walt:
“I believe that God has built this network to accomplish that very purpose [reaching the entire world] within our lifetime. We are the first generation in all of human history to hold within our hands the technology to reach every man, woman, and child on the earth by 2020. We are being called to engage in the battle for human souls, all across the world. We are being given the tools to meet them in their time of need. The moment they step out of the darkness, we are there to meet them.”
I found this vision to be inspiring and motivating, and I hope you do as well. Below I have embedded the video of Walt’s entire presentation – if you have the time it is well worth watching (it runs approx 25 minutes). Stay tuned to this blog for more from Walt; I will be interviewing him for my upcoming book and posting excerpts of that interview to this blog over the next few weeks.
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