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Friday, October 20, 2017

60% of Nigerian Pastors computer illiterates

The National President of the Association of Nigeria Christian Authors and Publishers (ANCAPS), Mr. Wole Adedoyin, has revealed that estimated 60 per cent Nigerian pastors are computer and internet illiterates, reports ITRealms.

This, he told ITRealms, is the major reason why Nigerian Pastors are not using computer and internet to evangelize and win more souls to the body of Christ.

ITRealms reports that Adedoyin, who doubles as the National Coordinator of the Computer Guild of Nigeria (CGN)  made this known while unveiling the 2017 winners of ANCAP’s Nigerian Christian Literature Award at the ANCAPS secretariat in Ibadan on Wednesday.

“Blessed Pope John Paul II, in 2002 in his message for the 36thWorld Communication Day asserted that Internet can offer magnificent opportunities for evangelization if used with competence and a clear awareness of its strengths and weaknesses above all by providing information and stirring interest it makes possible an initial encounter with the Christian message. New media, and specifically websites, blogs, and social networking tools such as twitter and face book allow us “to cast wide our nets” like never before. Never in the history of mankind have we had a greater opportunity to evangelize to so many so quickly. Let us “be not afraid to lower our nets through the use of new media and trust in the immense “catch” that God will provide.”

“Presently on 30 per cent of Nigeria Christian Ministers of God are using social media to evangelize. Millions of people use social media every day, many of who are sinners. Many of them post pornography videos and pictures, post hate speeches, gossips and perpetrate many other devilish acts,” he said.

He noted that though some big churches like the Catholic Church, RCCG, Winners Chapel, Deeper Life, GOFAMINT, MFM to mention but few are already utilizing social media for winning souls.

Adedoyin, equally said the body received 15 published Christian books and 7 Christian books in manuscripts format. But after thorough judgments by the selected judges, only 4 books won 4 different awards this year.

The winners, he said, are Mrs. Mbadugha Chigozie Anuli; Winner; Samuel Ajayi Crowther Writers Award, she won with her book “Beyond The Trial”. Miss Akalonu Ndudi Onyinyechukwu; Winner; Mathew Ashimolowo Christian Writers Award, she also won with her book “Not Easy But Gainful Waiting”. Udedike, Peter Chigozie; Winner; 2017 Young Writers Award; won with his book “Voice Of A Suicide and other Stories” and lastly Saint Olawale Jimoh; Winner ; John Bunyan Prize for Best Essay won with a collection of essay book in manuscript format.

He further advised Nigerian evangelists and pastors to embrace internet evangelism by creating Internet/cyber mission department in their churches.

Ogochukwu Nebenanya/GEE 
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