The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has reported that over 100 million people from around the world have encountered the Gospel through “Search for Jesus” – the Internet evangelism ministry.
The finding was presented as part of self-reported new data generated by the organization. The Internet ministry was started in 2012 and this month it celebrated its 10th anniversary. According to the organization’s data, its PeaceWithGod.net websites, which are presented in seven languages, have been visited by more than 100 million people, with 3 million people of those visitors expressing their decision to follow Christ. Visitors to the website are provided with Gospel presentations and further assisted by trained volunteers who address their questions.
Christian Headlines reports:
More than 100 million people worldwide have been confronted with the Gospel through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s internet evangelism ministry known as “Search for Jesus,” according to new data from the organization.
The Search for Jesus ministry, launched in 2012 as a way to reach people with the Gospel online, marked its 10th anniversary this month with new data: 100 million people have visited the ministry’s PeaceWithGod.net websites, and more than 3 million have indicated a decision for Christ and received follow-up.
Internet users receive a gospel presentation and are matched with one of 1,400 trained volunteers who answer questions and chat with users online, live.
PeaceWithGod.net websites are offered in seven languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, American Sign Language and Russian.
“[W]e’re following Billy Graham’s legacy of spreading the Gospel across the globe using every opportunity we have,” said Mark Appleton, director of internet evangelism for BGEA. “The average person spends nearly seven hours a day on the internet, so we want to meet these people where they are. Search for Jesus has given us the chance to spread the Gospel like never before.”
The ministry helps new Christians grow in their faith. It also offers “digital discipleship courses” created for new believers, according to a new release. Meanwhile, the website also includes a church locator tool to help Christians find a local congregation.
“People around the world are hurting. They’re desperate for hope,” the Search for Jesus website says. “… Through this online ministry, our mission field is expanding to reach people we might never reach in person.”
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