It can be a little frustrating to watch your parents age, especially when watching from a distance. Almost one thousand miles separates me from my parents. This means that my kids don’t get to see their grandparents nearly enough.
Although my folks are in their mid-80’s, they (Mom, at least) are still pretty hip and happening when it comes to this whole worldwide web thingy. We installed Skype on her laptop (see how cool she is?) when we visited recently, and finally took our maiden voyage last night.
I have to admit…that was pretty cool. To hear my kids laughing with their grandparents was special. To see my parents embrace the technology was special, too. We laughed and laughed; it didn’t replace being there, of course, but it was a solid substitute.
I know most of you are familiar with Skype, whether you use it personally or in a work setting. Are there ways we could be using this technology in ministry? I am not for a minute suggesting that we replace personal time with a Skype session, but are there folks we are not reaching (for geographical reasons, maybe?) that would benefit from this?
We have friends and family in armed forces around the world; we have missionaries we support worldwide; college students are often forgotten by the church…
The opportunities are endless. How are you or your church using Skype creatively?