Technology is great. I love that I can stay in touch with friends and family even though I’m so far away from home. Handwritten letters are to be appreciated, but texts and video calls are more immediate, and I’m thankful for that. 

Recently, I’ve also noticed that technology is helpful within ministry programs. Our moms and tots group started up again a few weeks ago, and while it normally takes a couple weeks for everyone to get back into the routine of attending, we actually had an amazing turnout the first two weeks of the term. Over summer break, we started a WhatsApp group with all the moms and volunteers, so we were able to remind everyone of the day we would open. I think that the reminder text as well as the sense of camaraderie within the group chat are the reasons that so many women remembered and were motivated to come back right at the start of term, especially considering that we were closed for six full weeks.

The other helpers and I love running this program every week, and we enjoy spending time with the moms who come each time, even if it’s just one or two. But to have fifteen moms and their kids show up on the first week of term—that’s extra encouraging, if not a bit stressful. I’m thankful that technology enables us to stay connected in the times when we don’t see each other as often and that it enables us to get back together quickly.