An online Christian outreach is on pace to present the gospel to the two-billionth person by June.
Global Media Outreach (GMO) – a top ministry in online evangelism – says it will have reached one in four of the Earth's eight billion inhabitants with the Word of God this summer … a feat that has taken just over 15 years to accomplish.
"Founded in 2004, the Internet ministry pioneer has touched lives in every country on Earth, presenting the gospel an average of 350,000 times a day and seeing 223 million decisions for Christ to date," the Plano, Texas-based ministry announced in a press release Wednesday.
Carrying out the Great Commission in seconds
With today's technology and the fairly recent advent of the Internet, GMO founder and chairman Walt Wilson – a former member of Apple's MacIntosh development team – achieved in less than two decades what was previously believed to be impossible within a lifetime.
"In the early days of the worldwide web, these questions came to me: 'What if we could put God's Word on the Internet?' 'What if we could meet people at their point of need?' 'What if we could bring them to Calvary's cross and then disciple them?'" Wilson shared. "Clearly, as we surpass two billion people hearing the gospel, the answer is – with God making it possible – this is what can happen!"
The cutting-edge ministry is multi-faceted – reaching the entire globe in various ways electronically.
"Global Media Outreach employs emerging technology created for business to reach people through social media, email, online advertisements, voice technology and a proprietary, secure messaging system," the release informed. "As individuals respond to the gospel online, they receive support to grow in their faith and are connected to the Christian community."
A concerted effort to grow the gospel
The ministry says it takes a crew of thousands through dozens of languages to keep the discipleship alive and grow hundreds of millions in their faith in Jesus Christ.
"Those indicating a faith decision access Bible study and discipleship material online and enjoy connection to one of the organization's 3,500 online missionaries – 1,500 in the U.S. and 2,000 international volunteers who speak 50 different languages – who answer questions, pray for and guide new and recommitting believers on their spiritual journey through a safe and anonymous system," GMO noted.
By beginning new partnerships with other leading ministries specializing in various ways of spreading the Word – such as digitally distributing Bibles internationally – GMO will reach even greater numbers, as more than one million Bible downloads are anticipated in 2020 alone.
GMO president Jeff Gowler explains the various facets of the ministry.
"Global Media Outreach exists to share Jesus online with those who do not know Him, grow new believers in their faith and then connect them with a local Christian community," Gowler explained. "Share. Grow. Connect. By engaging new media channels and developing new partnerships, we are putting lost and hurting people the world over on a new path for a new life."
The results, he says, have far exceeded expectations.
"In 2004, Walt Wilson made the bold prediction that by 2020, Global Media Outreach would reach one billion people with the Good News of Jesus Christ through the Internet," Gowler continued.
"People thought he was crazy, but by God's grace, we achieved this goal in 2016, and now, we have doubled that objective in only four years. We now have the people, platform and infrastructure to reach two million Gospel Presentations a day."
With that trajectory – and with the Lord's help, of course – Growler expects the ministry will exceed a total reach of four billion people in the next two years.