The Great E-Commission
By Megan Bunce
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19
Many of us will know this verse as ‘The Great Commission’ where Jesus instructs His followers to go and disciple all the people in the world. I’m sure to the disciples this was an impossible request. Most people around this time wouldn’t have travelled more than 100 miles from home and many parts of the world hadn’t even been discovered at this point. For us today this seems more plausible with all the travel options available. But then there are some remote places that are a stretch even for us to consider.
“We no longer have an excuse not to ‘go and make disciples’.”
When was the last time you saw these places advertised as a possible holiday destination?
-adventure – fishing – wooden huts – northern lights – dog-sledding – accessible by boat and helicopter – population of 452 – frozen for 9 months of the year
The Kerguelen Islands, Indian Ocean (aka The Desolation Islands)
-remote island – walking – rock-climbing – unique plants and animals – population of 110 in the summer – 2,051 miles away from civilisation – accessible by 28-day boat cruise
Many of us would never dream of going to these locations but the beauty of our technology today means that we can reach these edge of the world populations from the comfort of our homes. The Great Commission has never been more attainable. We no longer have an excuse not to ‘go and make disciples’.
I know what you’re thinking, ‘but how could I ever reach someone in Ittoqqortoormiit through the internet?’. It all starts with one step; writing a blog, sharing a Christian post on social media or donating to an organisation that produces digital communication. You never know where it’ll end up.