I would like to start this thread, because it has been a struggle for me, as I have had more friends over the past year and a half. I want to be more intentional with my friends and use my time wisely. It seems it's been an ongoing issue, and I want to get suggestions for what others here are implementing. I want to use scriptures to meditate on and especially use Jesus in the Gospels as my example of "work and rest" Crowds and solitude . There is a time to speak and a time to keep silent. Just an example, I used 30 minutes of my time here to look at the video someone suggested, ( I didn't watch its entirety) send it to my friend, converse with her about two minutes, and then write this post! The intentionality of it was that I intentionally planted seeds with the video. And now I am intentionally praying the Lord opens her heart through the truth of the video.
My kids are 15 and 13. Last year I helped my son (15) connect with new friends in Turkey and Indonesia through a site called Pen Pal World. They mostly just emailed back and forth but after a few weeks both of the other boys sort of disappeared. They just quit emailing. He was discouraged by this. Recently I've been connecting with Os. in Turkey who has a family much like mine. He has a 16 year old son and a few weeks ago, I asked him if his son would like to connect with my son. My son speaks pretty good Turkish but his son also speaks pretty good English (both Os. and his wife are teachers and his wife is an English teacher). So, I gave him my son's email address to give to his son. His son emailed right away and they then connected on What's App (I had to help my son download the app and set it up). Last week they had an hour long call. They are planning on calling again this week. As a family we are praying for this family more and more. I stay in pretty good communication with my son about the connection. Here are a few questions I'd love to hear the answers to from some of you as I think about helping others help their kids get started connecting with Muslims online. 1. What initially bubble up in your mind as you read about my son's connection with a Turkish Muslim teen? 2. What are the risks that you could forsee in helping teens make connections with Muslim teens online? 3. Any other things that excite you or concern you as you think about possibly helping your own kids make connections online?