Just one day into the start of our nation’s Circuit Breaker (CB), SYFC staff had to attend a one-hour compulsory introduction and training to operate Zoom. At that point, none of us envisaged how significant that training would turn out to be.
Our younger staff took to Zoom very quickly. Older staff like me had more queries and doubts. Two senior staff commented that they would likely struggle using it. Secretly, I felt uncertain too. I imagined how embarrassed I would be if I encountered a technical glitch in the course of calling for a meeting!
In the first three weeks of CB, I did not initiate a single Zoom meeting.I attended chats and meetings hosted by others but did not meet up with the 13 church youth leaders whom I supervise. By the fourth week, I decided I had to overcome my fear and hesitation, and ‘Zoom’ them. By God’s grace that meeting went smoothly.
My colleagues have gone on to organise for young people online school programs, gaming competitions, dance workshops, nature walks, growing micro greens workshops, games day, weekly prayer meetings, bible study groups, project serve and even a mission trip!
We managed to come up with an evangelistic resource – an online interactive, immersive search of four ‘coronavirus’ missions each in a different virtual country. All praise to God!
Through this small episode, I realise that while a ministry has wonderful resources at her disposal, it is pointless if the workers are not educated, trained and encouraged to use them. In embracing new technology, when younger ones are gracious and patient with oldies who are learning to use them, both groups can grow in the Lord’s work.
I praise God for giving my leaders the foresight to train and familiarise us to use various online platforms so that we could relevantly connect with young people during this pandemic.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: “ 1 Peter 4:10