PARIS -- The Internet has been blamed for numerous social ills. But it could also be the ultimate mission field and a ministry in France is taking the Gospel to cyberspace with spectacular results.
When Frenchman Eric Celerier designed his first Web site as a young pastor, the Internet was still young, and he remembers how excited he was about 30 web visits a day.
"And I was thinking, oh, 30 people looking at our Web site," Celerier recalled. "That's amazing."
Internet Portal for Christians
Today Celerier is the founder of Topchretien.com, an Internet portal for Christians. A pioneer in evangelism using new technologies, he also founded ConnaitreDieu.com, or Looking for God, a Web site for non-Christians, which is available in 13 languages.
Every day his Web site sees one million web visitors, 1,200 decisions for Christ. And this month, the number of decisions reached the symbolic one million mark.
"When we launched that in 2005 in the French language we were amazed by the results," Celerier told CBN News. "Thousands of people looking for God on the Internet, coming to the Web site and saying, "I want to be a Christian."
And thanks to an add-on available for Google Earth, you can watch the decisions for Christ, in real time. Hundreds of volunteers around the world stand by to respond to these decisions, often at the moment they occur.
People Looking For Answers About God
Celerier also buys Google and Yahoo Ad Words, so that people looking for answers about God find his Web site.
"It's what we are doing for some word like Allah, "God" in Arabic, to be there," he explained. "So when someone in Saudi Arabia is typing 'Allah' into Google, he will find an advertisement in Arabic saying "Allah loves you," and "Click here to know more" and he will come to our Web site."
Celerier also founded the English language web portal GodRev.com , where you can see television programs like Christian World News.
He calls himself a pioneer in evangelism using new technologies. You might also call him and evangelistic entrepreneur, and his mission field is cyberspace.
In France, an entrepreneur had a vision that his Web sites would use the Internet to reach the world with the Gospel, and today his Web sites are doing just that.
"And that's the way we are seeing the Internet, as a mission field where we can reach people for Christ," Celerier told CBN News. "And it is working. It's really working."
*Originally aired February 2, 2009.