How Christian missions have changed. When Hudson Taylor sailed from England to China on his first missions journey in September 1853, it took over 5 months to make the trip to Shanghai – the fastest clippers and their cargo (including mail) could reduce that to just 4 months at best.
Today, a message from China may take just milliseconds to arrive.
At the same time, expectations about the quality and speed of communications have skyrocketed. For someone requesting information about a missions opportunity, a 2-day wait for a reply is barely acceptable. Paper forms and snail mail are so last century.
The organisation I work for*, OM (formerly Operation Mobilisation), is a large, inter-denominational Christian Missions organisation. We have over 5500 workers, many serving cross-culturally, in over 110 countries.
The IT needs are enormous. Let me tell you something about the part I am involved with – web.