Google competition

This prayer request is from Tim Maguire, GCI’s mission developer in southern Africa.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for GCI related to our ongoing ministry in Mozambique.

Africa ConnectedLast October, I learned of a competition run by Google, called Africa Connected. Its objective is to show how Google has helped to advance business enterprises in Africa.

I decided to enter on behalf of GCI, explaining how Google’s Translate tool enabled me to communicate with our Portuguese-speaking members in Mozambique. This was critica because their local leader—the only member who spoke English—had died. I also explained how we used Google’s search engine to find information on well digging and water purification.

Out of thousands of entries from countries throughout Africa, our story was chosen as one of 20 semi-finalists. They then asked for my participation in filming a short video about our work in Mozambique. We could not travel to Mozambique with all the video equipment, so we traveled to an area close to the Mozambique border where we filmed a reenactment of our ministry activity. The video is being edited and will appear as part of Google’s future promotions.

The next stage of the competition involves Google judges selecting the top 10 videos. This selection will be announced on February 10 with the selected videos appearing on YouTube where the public will be invited to vote to choose the top five as winners. Each winner will be awarded $25,000.

Who knows what positive impact this exposure may bring to GCI in southern Africa? Your prayers are much appreciated.

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