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

I would like to propose to you the following blog written by Pastor Jean-Claude Guillaume. Jean-Claude, 81 years old, is a brother and friend, who has served the Lord with his wife Rakel for sixty years! Here’s the blog for your consideration…

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.

*** Do You Use Facebook? ***

Here is Wikipedia’s definition of Facebook: “Facebook, created by Mark Zuckerberg, is a social network website to gather together close friends or new friends. It has more than 350 million members worldwide. According to Alexa Internet, it is the second most visited website in the world. (google.com)

Most youth use Facebook today. If Facebook were a country, it would be the 4th largest country in the world! Using Facebook to share the Gospel seems indispensable to me. That’s why since November 2009, we began our “Jesus.net” fan page on Facebook. This page already has more than 10,000 fans. I would like us together to try to reach 100,000 fans! Do you agree to accept this challenge? Together, I believe that we can do it!

What is Jesus.net? It is the network name which includes the following websites: TopChretien.com, ConnaitreDieu.com, MonEglise.net, GodRev.com, … It is especially the name of Jesus that we want to make known together!

Statistics of Jesus.net Fan page on Facebook

The goal of our fan page is to make Jesus known on Facebook.  You can help us do it! How can you help?

  1. Go to the fan page at http://www.facebook.com/jesus.net and make sure that you are already a fan. If you are not one yet, become a fan right away!
  2. To the left of the page, you have the little phrase “Suggest to friends”. Click on it and invite all your friends to become fans of Jesus.net, too.
  3. Make a comment on the page. Every time that you write something, your friends will know it! So, for example, tell us why you love Jesus… Try to write something every week.

In one of my next blogs, I will tell you how we were able to get the domain name Jesus.net. Again, it’s one of those miracles for which God has the secret!

Until then, I would like to know what you think about this: do you think that it is necessary to use Facebook to announce the Gospel? Do you have any ideas on this subject? Do you have special skills relating to Facebook?

I would like to develop a Facebook application to easily share the Gospel with friends: the Father’s love letter in an individualized style. Unfortunately, no one on our team has this skill. Please pray that we find this rare pearl and if you are this rare pearl, contact me.

Together let’s move into action!

*** French-Speaking Churches Mobilizing ***

In 1986, I had the privilege of participating on Billy Graham’s team in France for eleven months. Billy Graham was coming to Bercy and the weeklong campaign had to be organized. It was an incredible event during which thousands of people came to Jesus. I was the youngest team member and my role was to put stamps on letters, lots of letters. I had a room all to myself since the machine was so noisy. Or maybe, was it my nature that was too noisy? LOL. At any rate, I was part of these changed lives, what a privilege!

One thing that truly marked me during this preparation was the mobilizing of the churches. Numerous churches of all denominations united to proclaim the name of Jesus.

Today I rejoice to see French-speaking churches mobilizing around another “e-vangelist”, the widget Jesus.net!

But what is this widget? It is a mini-version of ConnaitreDieu which can be integrated into any website, in particular into a church website. And, if a person goes through the course, prays, and leaves personal information, these are sent to the local church in question.

Take a look at the map below (You can zoom it.).  It shows you the churches that have installed the Jesus.net widget. Isn’t this encouraging? In one and a half months, 120 churches have already adopted it. And these churches are from 20 different denominations! Congratulations to their pastors and also to their webmasters.

Click to see the map: http://topchretien.widget.jesus.net/map.php?&print_domaine_num=15

Some examples of church websites (click on a name to see): Centre Evangélique PhiladelphiaEglise Protestante Baptiste de Joinville-le-Pont Église de Pentecôte de Drummondville Evangélique Eglise évangélique d’Echallens EvangéliqueSource de Vie Eglises en Cévennes Eglise de Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray Eglise évangélique de Réveil de Martigny Antibes Evangélique Assemblee Chretienne de Chaville Eglise Chrétienne Evangélique

Installing the widget is really very simple. If you have a website, don’t miss this opportunity. Here is the link to register. I would love to see many more churches using this free service. And that together, we throw out the net once again!

I invite you to read this testimony received via the widget that touched me a lot:

“My name is Salomon. I am 16 years old and I have been a believer since I was a child, my father being a pastor. In my church, everyone was blessed except me. It was a friend that proposed that I visit Top Chretien. So, I visited the website, but I was desperate for I believed that God would not speak to me. But today, I fell on my knees and I said the prayer at the end of the widget. I did it with all my heart, and when I finished praying, I felt that God had pardoned my sins and it was as if water was running over me. Today, I am certain that God has pardoned me. From this day on, I put all my trust in the all-powerful God and I give him all of my life. I love him with all my heart! From this moment on, I only live for him. Glory to God! Thank you, Top Chretien!”

Tell me what you think about this tool and what you can do to recommend it?