Last month, I challenged you to share all the ways you are using social media for good. Not only did you step up to the plate, you hit it out of the park! We heard from girls around the world who are using social media to proclaim the gospel and declare the truth found in God’s Word.
- Some of you are blogging about all that God is teaching you.
- Some of you are using Twitter to inspire God’s people to pay attention to social injustice.
- Some of you are using Pinterest to show that modesty and fashion can co-exist beautifully together.
- Some of you are using Instagram to take snapshots of God’s creation and weave together a story of His faithfulness.
I read every blog, checked out every Twitter and Instagram page, scrolled through every Pinterest board, and visited every Facebook wall that you sent us the links to. After combing through every gigabyte, I wanted to grab a set of pom poms and stand up and cheer! I am blown away at the things you are doing to point people to Christ online. Way to go!
You are doing what Christ calls each of His followers to do in Matthew 5:13-16:
You are the salt of the earth. . . . You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
God has called you to make a difference in your space, even if that’s cyberspace. You are fulfilling that mission with grit and grace. Way to go!
As promised, we’ve selected five of you to be the winners of our first ever #SaltAndLight Awards. Without further ado, the winners are . . . (drumroll, please!):
Alyssa: Blogging to Inspire
Alyssa is a soon-to-be graduating senior (congrats!) who has been blogging about God and His Word for two years. She also uses Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to encourage others and ask if she can pray for them.
Sydney: Advocating To End Trafficking
As a fourteen-year-old, Sydney heard about the atrocities of human trafficking and decided she couldn’t look the other way. She and her friends banded together to start a 5K run that donates all of its proceeds to The Grace Network, an organization that fights human trafficking near Sydney’s home in Sacramento, California. They used social media to spread the word and have raised over $20,000!
Listen to Sydney’s passion:
Although we wanted to raise funds to fight human trafficking, the other half of our mission was to raise awareness; social media helped us accomplish that goal. Without knowing about the issue, others can’t fight alongside you. . . . We never thought our run could impact so many, but here we are already planning for our third annual run in 2017. God gave us the passion and the resources we needed to fight this horrible crime.
Learn more about The Grace Network.
Magdiel De Salas: Helping the Deaf Experience the Good News
Magdiel uses sign language to communicate the message of worship songs to the deaf. She told us:
The Lord has enlarged my heart toward the deaf and their need of Christ. Surely it is easier for them to see videos than to read. They like to feel the song, story, or message in their language with tons of expressions and motions; this makes the message vivid and transcendent.
She circulates videos of herself signing the truth of God’s Word like this one:
See more on her YouTube page.
Rebekah Baird: Instagramming Modest Fashion
If you’ve ever scrolled through your Insta feed only to feel:
a) Discouraged because your body/hair/clothes don’t look like the perfect pics you see there or
b) Frustrated because it seems like God’s standards for modesty fly right out the window online . . .
you’re going to love @HelloModesty, the Instagram page operated by Rebekah Baird. (Yep, she’s the little sis of one of our favorite bloggers, Bethany Baird!) Rebekah has tons of great ideas for how to dress modestly and fashionably.
She told us, “People think that you can either dress modestly or you can dress fashionably, but you can’t do both at the same time. This is where they’re wrong. Modesty and fashion can go hand in hand. I want to inspire Christian girls to dress modestly while looking totally adorable in the process!”
We love to see girls like Rebekah breaking into spaces where the world is sending messages that contradict God’s best. Rebekah, you shine like a city on a hill!
Kristen Paulson: Pinning Truth!
We could get lost for hours on Kristen’s Pinterest page! From Scripture verses to links to truth-centered blogs for girls (including LiesYoungWomenBelieve.com, of course!) to fantastic Bible wall art, this page is loaded with beautiful reminders of God’s truth.
Check out Kristen’s board.
These are just five examples of how social media can be used to shine brightly for God’s glory. The possibilities are endless!
Keep using social media to declare God’s truth and glory, and we will keep watching. We can’t wait to hand out more #SaltAndLight Awards next year.
Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story (Ps. 107:2).
PS: If you are one of our #SaltAndLight Award winners, watch your inbox for an email from our team. We’re going to send each of you the complete My Name Is Erin series as our way of cheering you on!
PPS: We understand that some of you choose not to use social media at all. We applaud that choice. However, please join us in cheering for those who are making the Internet a brighter, more Christ-glorifying place.