‘All the roads lead to Rome,’ is an old saying famous to this day. This week the roads led to Ethiopia for Indigitous Addis Conference. Guests from US, Europe and 10 African countries gathered at Hilton for Indigitous conference held at Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa.
When the Roman Empire was built, Roman soldiers followed a strategy of building roads that connect them to various countries outside of Rome, and serve them as a means of control and power. Rome’s roads, however served a better purpose. Apostle Paul walked this road in taking the gospel through various countries of the world. Pastor Zerubabel, from Beza International Ministries, started Indigitous meeting with this story of the Roman Empire.
Pastor Kyama Mugambifrom Kenya, then shared from the verse, “… men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do ….help David with singleness of purpose.” (1 Chronicle 12:32) Paul understood his timing and shared the gospel by traveling the road built by the Roman Empire. We are now in the time of digital media. As missionaries, we need to know where our audience is, for this is where our harvest is, Pastor Mugambi adds.
First day of Indigitous Addis has also served as a platform for innovative people who shared their ideas and experience of using the digital media, varying from using short films in campus, mobile applications, face book pages and Jesus film project.
Ken Cochrum, Vice President of Indigitous in his presentation on Why Indigitous and the formation and development of Indigitous Digital ministry also mentioned that “this is the next way God is making his name known upon the nations.”
Though the people gathered at this meeting were from different country, culture, background, profession, they all have the same passion; to use the means of their time, digital media. They gathered with a purpose to “write the vision make it plain on tablets, that the one who reads it may run, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of God.”Habbakuk 2:14
Indigitous Addis will continue till May 10, 2014.