CWN.org - PARIS, France - The internet has been blamed for a lot of social ills. But it could 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 website 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 website. That's amazing," Celerier said.
Today Célérier is founder of Topchretien.com, an internet portal for Christians. A pioneer in evangelism using new technologies. He's also founded ConnaitreDieu.com, or Looking for God, a website for non-Christians which is available in 13 languages.
Every day 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. Thousands of people looking for God on the internet, coming into the website and saying I want to be a Christian," Celerier said.
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 are standing by to respond to these decisions, often at the moment they occur.
Celerier also buys Google and Yahoo ad words, so that people looking for answers about God, find his website
"It's what we are doing for some words like Allah, 'God' in Arabic,'" Celerier explained. "So when someone in Saudi Arabia is typing Allah into Google, he will find and advertisement in Arabic saying 'Allah loves you,' and 'click here to know more' and he will come to our website."
Celerier also founded the English language web portal called GodRev.com where you can see programs like Christian World News.
In France an entrepreneur had a vision that his websites would use the internet to reach the world with the gospel, and today his websites are doing just that.
Celerier calls himself a "pioneer in evangelism using new technologies." You might also call him and evangelistic entrepreneur, and his mission field is cyber space.
"And that's the way we are seeing the internet, as a mission field where we can reach people for Christ, and it's working. it's really working," he said.