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I have a strong conviction that we are the generation of which it was said:

This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Mathew 24:14

Seriously, the ubiquity of information technology, particularly the Internet, has made this prophecy easier to fulfill than ever. Internet accessible smartphones are so common and social networks spring up each day; where we once had to wait days, weeks, or months to talk to distant friends and family, we now view a delay of a few seconds as an inconvenience.

As a millennial, I strongly believe in the power of modern technology and the ability of it to be used in preaching the gospel across the globe. The essence of this story therefore, is to highlight the power inherent in modern technology (particularly the internet) and how we can leverage this power in sharing the gospel on a global scale.

The Internet is growing at an enormous pace.

I’m sure most of you may already know this one fact that the Internet is growing yearly. What you may not appreciate however is the incredible pace at which this is happening. According to the Internet communications union, an incredible 39% of the world’s 7 billion population uses the Internet, that’s roughly about 2.7 billion people on the Internet! That number however is growing steadily, and cisco predicts that internet traffic will quadruple to 966 Exabytes per year by 2015. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg recently launched Internet.org, an organization that has pledged to connect the whole world to the Internet. What’s more, Morgan Stanley has predicted that there would be about 75 Billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020. Wow!

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With more than 500 Million Internet users in India alone, and its population being largely Hindu, the Internet presents a unique opportunity to reach out to these ones. So how can we tap into this unique medium to reach out to the world? How can we not make a mess of this powerful medium?

  1. Internet Evangelism: I envision a unique platform that empowers the common Christian to reach out to someone out there in the world. These individuals would then be discipled and connected to local churches that would then have the task of maturing them into Christ-likeness. What do you think of this idea? The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has already been able to reach out to millions out there, causing 21 Million people to accept Christ using this tool.
  2. Christian Social Network: In John 17: 21, Jesus said:“that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.“

Jesus knew the importance of Christians being one in heart and mind. He also knew the importance of constant fellowship, which is why he prayed this prayer. This is why I believe modern technology must be leveraged to enable Christians in developing both new and strengthen existing friendships.

I believe the world needs now, more than ever, a tool that connects the world’s 2 Billion Christians across the globe. Ministers must tap into the power of social networks to reach out to the world. Unfortunately, traditional social networks like Facebook and twitter are making it difficult for preachers to use their platform as an effective medium for sharing the gospel.

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Facebook for example recently updated its algorithm, making it almost impossible for pastors, churches and small businesses to preach effectively on its platform without shelling out a lot of money. A social network meant for believers to encourage each other, and then reach out to other’s worldwide, telling them about the Christ is therefore needed! So far, I know of one ministry doing this: LoveRealm Ministry, an international non-profit ministry based in Accra.

  1. Smartphone apps: The power inherent in smartphones is evident. With eMarketer expecting 4.55 billion people worldwide to use a mobile phone in 2014, we would be crazy not to leverage this tool in sharing the gospel.
    Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. John 4:35

 I have a strong conviction that modern technology is one of the most (if not the most) effective tools to be used in sharing the gospel. What do you think?

Yaw Ansong Jnr is a Christian entrepreneur and preacher who believes in sharing the gospel via technology. He’s CEO at LoveRealm, a Christian social network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#ITISPOSSIBLE! John Mahama, JOSPONG, Duffour Jnr. pick up first copies of Bola Ray’s bio

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Ex -president John Dramani Mahama, JOSPONG Group CEO Joseph Siaw Agyepong, and UniBank CEO Dr. Kwabena Duffuor II are among the first to secure copies of media mogul Bola Ray’s biography “It Is Possible”.

Dr. Duffour purchased the book for a whopping GHC 100,000 while ex-president Mahama is said to have secured his copy for an undisclosed amount. The JOSPONG boss also bought his for GHC 50, 000. Other early birds include William Asiedu (Managing Editor – Daily Heritage), and Mr. Ofori Boateng.

Reggae/ Afrobeats singer Eboo, Stonebwoy, and Bronya duo Wutah have all performed at the ongoing event.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the book (titled “It Is Possible”) details the media mogul’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

Copies of the book can be purchased via bolaray.com

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#ITISPOSSIBLE! Bola Ray Book Launch Underway!

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The widely-anticipated launch of media mogul Bola Ray (Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray) is currently underway at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel.

Compered by veteran broadcaster Kwame Sefa Kayi, it was kicked off with a prayer from motivational speaker/ preacher Rev. Albert Ocran.

Several of society’s most prominent faces across various spectrums of society have converged at the venue for this landmark event.

Respected traditional ruler and academic Nana Kwabena Nketia V is the chairman for the event.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the book (titled “It Is Possible”) details the media mogul’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

Joining radio while still in university, Bola Ray has grown to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole. He joined Accra-based Top Radio after university and went on to The Multimedia Group, where he served a variety of roles, mainly hosting Drivetime on Joy for 11 years. For the past two years, he has been host of Starr Chat and co-host of Starr Drive, aside being head of the EIB Network and the Empire Group. 

Copies of the book can be secured via bolaray.com

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#ITISPOSSIBLE! EBOO, Efya, Patch Bay, OTHERS to perform @ Bola Ray bio launch

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Dancehall/ Afrobeats gem Eboo will perform his compelling tribute song in honour of Bola Ray’s book launch tonight at the plush Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra.

Like the memoire, the song is titled “It Is Possible”, and proves a touching testimony of the celebrated broadcaster’s journey. Produced by Legacy Beats, it also features the EIB boss himself.

Other top acts named for the night include sultry chanteuse Efya, the Patch Bay Band, as well astalented saxophonist Mizter Okyere.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the 320-pager details the media mogul’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

Copies of the book can be secured via bolaray.com

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#ITISPOSSIBLE: Kwame Sefa Kayi to host Bola Ray Book launch!

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Beloved media mogul and EIB CEO Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray) outdoors his memoir at the Labadi Beach Hotel tonight.

Expected to be graced by the creme of society, the launch is part of a series of activities to mark the broadcaster’s 20 years as a media practitioner.

Colleague broadcaster and host of Peace FM’s Kokrokoo has been announced as compere for the evening. An icon himself, Sefa Kayi is highly revered in the media landscape, bringing to the stage a wealth of experience built over many decades.

The launch will be graced by key statesmen, industry colleagues, and admirers alike.  President Akufo-Addo, former presidents Rawlings and J. A Kuffour, John Dramani Mahama, Deputy UK High Commissioner to Ghana Gavin Cook, world-renowned cosmetologist Dr Rita Rakus are among special guests of honour.

Joining radio while still in university, the EIB boss has gone on to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole –widely earning praise as the brightest of his generation.

Copies of the book can be secured via bolaray.com

 

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IMAGES: Nikki Samonas and Jasmine Baroudi Celebrate With Jack Daniels

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September marks the birthday of Jack “Jasper Newton” Daniels, the legendary craftsman who founded the “Jack Daniels” brand and continues to make his mark on the world today with the world’s finest whiskey.

Because no-one knows his exact date of birth; Jack Daniels is celebrating (Mr.) Jack’s birthday all month long with celebrity birthday celebrants within the month.

Delectable screen goddesses, Nikki Samonas and Jasmine Baroudi looked fab and stunning last Saturday night as they hosted their birthdays with Jack Daniels inside the plush Venus Lounge in OSU.

The AccraNightlyf Group and Jack Daniels promised a fun night and delivered a scintillating affair.

Guests were welcomed unto an artsy  yet glamorous red carpet set up reminiscent of “Mr. Jack’s Room”  and featured an on- going live graffiti painting of Mr. Jack, leading into the fun photo area complete with Jack Daniels props.

It set the tone for a fun and memorable night.

A consistently good playlist was served throughout the night by Live Fm’s Sheldon the Turn Up, budding DJ, Wallpaper and the best female DJ in Ghana, DJ Nyce.

Venus Lounge was lit as a capacity crowd made up of the city’s upwardly mobile socialites partied their way into the morning with Mr. Jack.

This was the kickoff event in the #CelebrateWithJack  Birthday party series which moves next to the CHAMPS Bar this Friday, 22nd September for a special Karaoke Party dubbed, “WHEN JACK SINGS.”

 

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#ITISPOSSIBLE: All set for launch of Bola Ray’s bio tonight!

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It all comes down to tonight. For some two decades, celebrated broadcaster Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray) has indisputably changed Ghana’s media landscape. Joining radio while still in university, the EIB boss has gone on to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole –widely earning praise as the brightest of his generation.

In a few hours, and like his GH One TV show, the story of this beloved media mogul and leadership icon will be officially revealed. Slated for the plush Labadi Beach Hotel, the drive-belt doyen outdoors his biography.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the book details Bola Ray’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

#ITISPOSSIBLE – Eboo drops official theme song for Bola’s biography – LISTEN!

 The launch is expected to attract key statesmen, industry colleagues, and admirers alike.  President Akufo-Addo, former presidents Rawlings and J. A Kuffour, John Dramani Mahama, Deputy UK High Commissioner to Ghana Gavin Cook, world renowned cosmetologist Dr Rita Rakus are among special guests of honour.

Copies of the book can be preordered via bolaray.com

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