The Other Three Billion
O3b is an initiative that is underway to connect those without Internet service to the global network. You can search O3b Networks to gather the details. Some leaders of the participating companies are Christ-followers who are being intentional about getting the rest of the world connected with low cost telco, Internet, and media. This information highway is now being constructed.
There are Christ-followers who are ready to share the gospel and disciple the nations once this infrastructure is in place. It is not too far a stretch to imagine the scripture of Habakkuk 2:14. “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”
This also gives the passage of Isaiah 40:3-5 a double meaning, as is characteristic of the Hebrew scriptures.
3 A voice cries out in the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5 Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
We now have the means to reach people we have never been able to reach previously. People with English skills are most effective to be engaged in the enterprise of discipling the nations. Now is the time to be intentional about offering your time, talent and treasure as a living sacrifice; to be intentional about serving the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength so that those who have heard the gospel can be discipled, and those without the gospel can be told.
Nelson Malwitz, MissionNext Founder
Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA and attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to serve among unchurched leaders.