*** Anti-Internet or "The Little Flock" Syndrome ***

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I scrolled through the Internet users’ enthusiastic reactions to Eric Célérier’s blog “To the Ends of the Earth…“, which appeared February 5, 2010. Our brother recalls the modest beginnings of Top Chretien and its astounding development, with ConnaitreDieu.com in fifteen languages and its marvelous results. To the question that he asks at the end “Do you think that evangelism by internet is worth it?”, it seems evident that the only possible response would be an overwhelming, frank YES, and the Internet users were not mistaken on this point!

Nevertheless, I remarked that many of them alluded to a certain fringe of Anti-Internet, or perhaps we should say AntiTop Chretien diehards. Granted, this isn’t new, provided that the race of those “against all those for and for all those against” is far from being in danger of extinction!

It is interesting to ask ourselves about the deep-rooted causes of such an attitude. Let’s mention rapidly certain low-level reasons, such as frustrations, jealousies, diverse complexes, etc. it’s not worth paying much attention to them.

An idea came to me that certain persons of more noble intentions, could be infected, without their knowing it, by what I call “The Little Flock Syndrome”. Very impressed by the numerical disproportion between the Christian world and the ungodly world, these people seem to find refuge in a certain Scripture verse which, for them, has become the norm:

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32

Everything that precedes this verse is an exhortation by Jesus not to worry, even if we are only “a little flock”. However, this expression Jesus uses was never meant to be an apology for smallness, or narrow-mindedness, not to say mediocrity! Even so, this is what certain believed to have understood, and they have developed a kind of spiritual agoraphobia, that is to say a fear of all that is large and that evokes admiration.

From this fear comes, for example, the development of a suspicion towards the largest evangelical church in the world “Yoido Full Gospel Church” in Seoul, South Korea. My wife and I had the privilege to visit this extraordinary church in 1978 when it counted only 64,000 members, and which today numbers more than 800,000. In fact, its founder, David Yonggi Cho, a remarkable man of God, whom I knew very well since I was his interpreter several times, is suspected by certain “little flockists” of using shamanistic practices!

Then, you understand, more than 15 million people who have visited ConnaitreDieu.com and 1.5 million people who have said: “I prayed to receive Jesus Christ into my life!” – it’s shady, it doesn’t work with the idea of “The Little Flock”!

How God wants to make the scales fall from our eyes and make us understand that if he is the God of “The Little Flock”, he is also the God of the universe!

Jean-Claude Guillaume

And you, what do you think?

*** To the Ends of the Earth… ***

When I began TopChretien in my dining room in Givors, near Lyon, I would never have imagined that we would be on the Internet in fifteen languages! In fact, if you had told me that, I would probably have responded: “That’s impossible!” But what is impossible for man is possible for God!

When we launched ConnaitreDieu.com, Christian organizations in other countries were attracted to the website. Leaders of large ministries (certain ones with thousands of team members) came to see us asking: “Can you help us to have this website in our language?” And we responded: “We would like to try to do our part if you follow up on these persons to help them join local churches.”

>>In the photo, Rajesh Darsari, Director of CBN India; David Nolent, International Coordinator of ConnaitreDieu.com; John Martin, Director of the Media Department of CBN India.>>

Language after language, we are astonished and often filled with wonder to see God use this tool to spread his Word and lead Internet users all over the world to know him. Every 45 seconds, on the average, someone lets us know that he or she has prayed to accept Jesus on one of our websites. Already 15 million people have visited ConnaitreDieu and 1.5 million have said: ” I prayed to receive Jesus Christ into my life!” Thank you, Lord, for each one of these precious persons!

Have you visited this page of TopChretien where one can see the decisions in real time on Google Map? If you already have Google Earth installed on your computer, you can also see these decisions on it. It’s very impressive and makes you want to praise God with the angels in heaven! Why not spend 15 minutes a day praying in front of Google Earth remembering that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, Jesus, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

On January 28, 2010, we went on-line with our 15th language: Hindi. We also put out an English version especially for India and two versions for cell phones, too. The Hindi website is http://parmeshwarkaprem.jesus.net/ and the English version is http://mahagod.jesus.net/. That makes four new websites in one day!

In India, the potential number of Internet users that we can reach is 81 million!

A team of seven persons is going to coordinate dozens of volunteers who will assure the follow-up of those who are open to faith in Jesus. These volunteers are part of CBN India. In addition, the Hindi website will be linked to an e-learning website called MahaJesus which lays down the foundations of the Christian life.

We didn’t have time to catch our breath because on Saturday, January 30, David Nolent, who supervises the development of ConnaitreDieu, and I left for Israel to find a team who could coordinate the website ConnaitreDieu in Hebrew. We are going to meet with Messianic pastors and organizations such as Jews for Jesus and Campus Crusade for Christ. Lots of meetings…

Would you pray for these new developments in India and our trip to Israel? We need your prayers and your fraternal support. We would also receive your gifts with much gratitude. (Make a donation)

Do you think that evangelizing on the Internet is worth it? Your opinion interests me a lot.