New Ideas for eDOT
What do you get when ten Christian computer geek college students get together to write code for their spring break? The answer: Four apps custom designed for three ministries that didnâ€™t have the means to write their own apps! (Not to mention mass consumption of Mountain Dew.) Iâ€™m friends with the leaders of a ministry called LightSys. This ministry invites computer science and engineer majors from Christian colleges to spend their spring breaks on a short term missions outreach to write code for ministries. They call these Code-a-Thons, but theyâ€™re also known as Hackathons.
I have an idea to do something similar for eDOT. To research this idea, I spent a week with a Code-a-Thon to observe and participate with my own technical skills. It felt good to put those old skills back into practice and I believe I really helped.
Almost every day, eDOTâ€”my ministry in Germanyâ€”gets requests from various ministries from across Europe that need technical solutions to their ministry problems. There is more work than they have bandwidth to achieve. My idea is to host something similar to a Code-a-Thon in Europe to help us create these solutions.
So often the plumbers and carpenters of the body of Christ are called to serve with their trades, skills, and professional experience, but when was the last time it called the programmers and tech professionals to use their skills for the Kingdom (beyond designing the church website)? My vision is to invite the geeks of the church to come and write code to serve the ministries of Europe and help them reach the world!
My experience with LightSys was invaluable. I wrote a detailed, day-by-day review of the Code-a-Thon I observed on our blog. Iâ€™m really excited about this prospect and think it will be an excellent way for the more technically minded to use their gifts to fulfill the great commission!