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Pandemic Shows Technology Virtually Still Has Influence

The Pandemic Shows Technology Virtually Still Has Influence
William Jackson, M.Ed.



Part 2 on Wednesday, October 14…
2020 started off with a literal BANG, there was so
much going on environmentally that many people
including myself were looking at things in a
prophetic manner. Checking scripture, biblical
timelines, doing research on times of famine,
pestilence, world events of disasters. Trying to
be prepared spiritually and mentally for what was
going on and maybe to come.

2019 had events like volcanoes in places of population
and beauty. Changed forever from natural events that
were described as disasters, from a natural perspective
they were natural because volcanoes do happen. There
were hurricanes of such a magnitude they influenced
weather patterns globally.

Wildfires in Australia that devastated millions
of acers of land, killed millions if not billions
of species of animals, plant and insect life and
changed the environment in a rapid timeline. There
are locust in Africa and India: and other events
globally from India to Asia. Storms of historic
revelation that were never recorded in their
intensity.

The developing pandemic that no one really took
seriously until it was right on top of us,
literally.
Even our governmental leaders did not take it
seriously until thousands were dead and still
they are not realistic in the human suffering
and sorrow. In the United States there are over
200,000 death and cemeteries are almost full.
It is so traumatic that funeral homes are packed
to the ceiling, having outside storage and
cooling buildings for the dead and those passing
over are sometimes alone.

The world is in continuous flux, change, adaptation,
evolution and in some cases political revolution
with Black Lives Matter, protests against police
brutality and killing of unarmed men of color and
culture. This is still a work in progress because
people still do not see the value of a Black life
of a boy, girl, man or the value of a Black woman.
Instead of color and culture being respected and
loved, being a person of color in this world is
seen as being a threat to white society. This
does not apply to all whites, but those with
power and influence seem to hate Black and Brown
people because we are still here, we are still
liking, we are stil influencing and we are not
going anywhere.

Many churches are struggle with where they stand
and how their leadership will stand with or against
groups that claim to love Christ, but practice
hatred and racism. How can someone hate anohter
person because their skin is darker, Christ loves
everyone and to follow him we must put aside our
personal issues and follow Christ.

Needless to say, life goes on and humans try to
maintain some normalcy in their lives. Normal will
not be normal ever again, but there will be a new
normal as technology is used for virtual communication
and collaboration. Schools are teaching online,
communities are social distancing and businesses are
practicing minimal numbers of attendance, no inside
seating or limited and only drive thru and take out
at restaurants.

The term “social distancing” may have never been on
the minds of the general public before the pandemic,
but kindergarten age children understand what it means.
This word “pandemic” create horrific thoughts of
death, suffering and will in the future influence
medical and mental issues for generations.

Schools are closed and learning is virtual, accessing
digital applications to continue the learning process.
This is foretold, because in movies and television
programs like Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, Space 1999
and others there was evidence that this was coming.
In a strange sense of irony, television shows and
movies have foretold of things like this and put
people in a emotional disconnection and mental
blockage of preparation for global events.

As a past adjunct professor teaching at an HBCU
Historically Black College and University and working
for NASA I would tell my students and other faculty
that online learning like this was coming, of course
many laughed and said I was ahead of my time and I
dreamed to much and watched to much televison and
SciFi movies. Knowing the change is coming inspired
me to conduct free technology workshops at the local
libraries to speak to as many youth, teen and young
adult groups to prepare for the future. Meeting with
and having a relationship with Aida Correa whom is
Afro-Latina we share a similar interest in inspiring
youth, teens and young adults in STEM and STREAM.

Preparing for the future means learning as much as
possible to keep yourself, your family and friends
ready to act and re-act as things change. Change
can be good and chance can be bad, but you must
be prepared. Educational opportunties are sometimes
harder for people of color because if they are not
exposed they do not know the potential that education
has for them and their families.

When my kids were younger I would take them and
other youth with me to technology conferences so
they can learn, network and be inspired to grow. To
obtain knowledge that was not being shared in the
classrooms of schools and teach students to have a
global perspective of the world.

Gradually attending technology conferences like WordCamp
and KidsCamp from in person to now virtual. Adapting to
digital tools like Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting and others.
Facebook Live, IG Live and the adaptation of phones for
online collaboration and content sharing. These are the
adjustments society has had to make and teach ourselves
in many cases. These are the adjustments that the
Church of Christ must make to reach their communities
to apply digital skills.

Those that are out of the box thinkers, digital innovators,
digital entrepreneurs are now the queens and kings of a
society that needs their skills, knowledge of computers
and digital innovation. These skill can be applied in
ministry and technology is not a tool of the devil, it
can be used to bring light.

Church of Christ ministries need to integrate digital
platforms and tools to share conferences like
The National Revival Conference on Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVjhBKBbxqvjvz11D40Sdrw

As a teacher of 32 years teaching in elementary education
I have always told my students to be friends with the
Nerds, Blerds and Geeks of this world, because they
will be the ones able to communicate, collaborate and
access needed information. They will be the innovators
and millionaires and billionaires of the future. They
can be member of the Body of Christ to allow them to
follow Christ. Bring awareness to those that are lost
and connect with technology.

Tech conferences are more important now than ever. As
advocates of STEM, STEAM, and STREAM trying to encourage
youth, teens and young adults to participate in these
areas to be ready when change happens. Especially
children of color and culture, Black, Brown, Afro-Latinx,
Hispanic, Mexican, Haitian, Asian and other cultures
and color. Their lives matter!!!

Change sometimes does not wait on humans to adapt and
respond, it can happen in a matter of months, weeks
and days. This brings to light the value of technology
conferences, established conference where learning is
transformative, fun, inspiring and evolutionary
in thinking. Technology is creating a revolution of
thinking, execution of social movements and opening
the eyes of millions of disenfranchised and indigenous
people globally.

Members of the Body of Christ should inspire others in
their quest more about Christ and learn in a supportive
virtual way that is inclusive, supportive, inspiring,
progressive and forward thinking. Being a disciple of
Christ we work to change the thinking from exclusivity
to inclusivity of Christ in our day to day lives and
from separation to embracing Christ in all that we do
each day.

The Body of Christ is strong and it can be stronger with
including Christ in our decisions each day to share our
faith with others and to show our faith through the use
of technology in our words, videos, posts and content
creation.

How would Christ think if we are not obedient with our
works and our words online. In the light we cannot
hide, whatever is in the dark will be show and what is
in our hears will be let out.

Take heed and be sure that Christ is the foundation of
online and offline lives. Reading scripture, applying
it to bein online and sharing faith not with just
preaching, but through teaching, modeling, sharing,
influencing, inspiring and praising.

Thank you for reading this blog and others it is with
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Let The Bible Speak TV is provided by Brothers William
Jackson of Jacksonville, Florida, USA, Enoch Mbaihondoum Chad),
Wabomba George (Uganda) all members of the Church of Christ.

Blessings to everyone and their digital travels…

Power In The Bible

Where is Africa on the Technology Sphere of Influence in Evangelism

Where is Africa on the Technology Sphere of Influence in Evangelism
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Blogging on Africa On The Blog #AfricaOnTheBlog #AOTB
Blogging on Let The Bible Speak TV #LTBSTV
Blogging on Church of Christ and Social Media #COCASM


GospelTech
Supporting and celebrating the growth, influence,
creativity and innovation of African technology
and the people that make tech influential across
the continent of Africa. There is tremendous growth
across the continent that other nations like China,
France, Germany, Canada and others are contributing
to the infrastructure of mobile technologies.

As a content creator and educator, I have always been
impressed and excited to see what is happening on the
African continent addressing the growing levels of
technology and educational growth. Technology is
influencing social engagements, educational access,
religious influences, economic access to resources,
Branding and Marketing for entrepreneurs and small
to medium size businesses.

My area as an educators and member of the Body of
Christ is Digital Evangelism and Discipleship.
The growth and influence of Christianity has been
hard, but there are victories, even with out hard
wired schools, dedicated Internet services to many
cities still, technology has taken a foothold on
African soil.

Enoch sharing God's Word
Members of the Body of Christ in Africa need not feel
alone, isolated, spiritually depleted and without
support. The access to the Internet has brought
exposure and support through prayers, inspirational
content, access to lectureships, online Bibles that
are interactive and rich with multimedia elements
to share the scripters even with the changes of
language and interpretations.

Being an advocate, volunteer, teacher, speaker and
even an organizer with WordCamp conferences. It has
provided me opportunities to travel to multiple
WordCamps around the United States, Canada and even
Central America. Starting my first WordCamp journey
in 2010 to Orlando, Florida and eventually speaking
nationally and internationally.

Applying my digital skills to ministry was an easy
transition because I was lead by the spirit to do
God’s work by applying my experiences, knowledge
and resources to ministry. Using blogging to share
content on Church of Christ and Social Media
https://churchofchristandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/
I can blog about integrating technology into the
Body of Christ and share the importance of “good”
content that does not take away from scripture,
but shares are faith and “believers in Christ.”
The blessings have been being a teacher on “Let
The Bible Speak TV,” based in Jos, Nigeria with
Evangelist George and Enoch. Broadcasting on
Facebook our faith that is based on the foundations
of Christ and sharing scripture to be understood,
encourage and applying to the world we live in
even in the 21st century.

Leaders of Let The Bible Speak TV


Podcasting was integrated on the platform Anchor
with My Quest to Teach and Digital Evangelism where
I share my thoughts, ideas, knowledge and passion
of how Social Media can share the Word of God.

Digital engagements and virtual innovation is
inspiring to see all levels of technological growth
and how this growth is inspiring and preparing African
youth, teens and young adults that life is rich in
great experiences and those include being baptized
into the Body of Christ. Inspiring digital leaders
of Africa to share the blessings of our Lord Jesus
in their messages to save souls and keep souls saved.

Christians in the United States need to embrace Africa
and help in the establishment of digital infrastructures
to promote educational equality, economic equality of
African business men and women before China starts to
enhance African educational and business systems. Within
10 years Africa will have astronauts traveling to space
with support from China and the United States will have
missed an opportunity to stay and economic influence
in the region and the world.

The competition for African innovators is real and
Africa is the next continents where digital innovation
will change the course of technological history. Even
today the raw materials that are needed for materials
to build technology hardware are coming from Africa.

China seems to be smarter and have a further view of
the potential of Africans and will help build African
schools, help build a robust digital infrastructures
that enable faster wireless access and the creation
of STEM, STEAM and STREAM growth.

Importantly key elements of ministry will be lost
because China does not provide support (to the best
of my knowledge) the growth of the ministry Church
of Christ. There is religious denial to its citizens
and persecution is evident when Christians must
workshop, fellowship and pray in hiding. If caught
they are imprisoned and put in “re-education”
camps.

African youth, teens and young adults are learning that
technology allows them to be influencers of cultural
changes, self-expression, access to educational platforms
for online learning, engagement in music, cultural and
family connections. The challenge is at what price to
ministerial freedoms to share the gospel across the
continent. The rules to social engagement are changing
in Africa, digital speeds are planted, but they are not
always for the good of the people and the followers
of Christ.


Reading the Word

Technology is allowing for representation on
another level. That representation is being challenged
when Christians, followers of Christ are not allowed
to worship openly and without violence. Our faith as
Christians in base on our abilities to be disciples,
and evangelists. We must be true to Christs direction
for teaching, preaching and baptizing people.

Representation does matter across Africa as African youth,
teens and young adults are building digital communities.
They’re building PLC – Professional Learning Communities,
PLC/N – Personal Learning Communities and Networks.
These networks should include ministry, evangelism,
worship, fellowship and communication of God’s Word.
Never in the history of human engagement can people stay
connected continuously and with so much influence. Tech
is the catalyst of phenomenal growth to expand the human
growth and condition to share our faith and the love of
Christ………..

“Leaving Food On The Table During This Pandemic”

“Leaving Food On The Table During This Pandemic”

“Leaving Food On The Table During This Pandemic”
William Jackson, M.Ed.

My Quest To Teach
My Quest To Teach

The pandemic has affected families across this nation,
it has disrupted jobs, isolated families, created
divisions between people in politics and social justice
issues.

The pandemic also has shown the disparities between families
and their security in food. There are many lessons that have
been learned; the access to food, housing and living a life
with family that is consistent with living in the United States
of America. The truth that America is not as strong as it
is perceived to be and American people like others around
the world are suffering.

The reality is that even before the pandemic families where
already experiencing challenges in obtaining food and food that
was healthy. This is not a regional or urban issue, it is national
in the effects of the growing cost of basic food need.

Food deserts, food insecurity and food deficiency are words that
are used in the media constantly when the discussions centers
on what is lacking in millions of American homes. This nation
has grown use to seeing other countries lacking of food, other
countries with children crying when hungry and no food is available,
other countries where parents are weeping because their children
are hungry and there is no food. Scenes of parents not begging for
themselves, but for their children.

The pandemic is showing that Americans are no different than what
is going on around the world and yes it has touched Black, White
and other cultures. My wife and I have been volunteering at food
distributions with our church, with community organizations and
obtained food for families that do not have transportation to
even get to the many sites that are distributing food.
Organizations like Farm Share https://www.farmshare.org/
have been doing the work in communities across this nation for
years. Because of the devastation of families that are in deep
need of food now Farm Share and others are being highlighted by
news media to share what resources are available to communities
that are in need.

Many parents and grandparents do not have to tell their children
not to leave food on the table because there are starving children
in the world. Now parents and grandparents in this nation are the
starving families and children are eating every morsel of food
because they may not be able to eat a consistent meal during the week.
Schools can only provide so much, children from elementary to high
school, colleges and universities have had to deal with food insecurity
from time to time with students, but now the need is greater in colleges
and universities because many students cannot receive help to get
food from their families because their families are struggling as well.

Lessons that should be learned for this nation that cross cultural,
generational, gender and racial lines families are in need of consistent,
nutritious and life giving food. Not food filled with sugars, chemicals,
artificial ingredients and foods that just fill stomachs and not nourish
the body.

Farm Share’s calendar of distribution shows across the nation where
the next food give away are so families can prepare to attend and
obtain what is needed without getting out of their vehicles. Where
people can obtain food for the elderly that are not mobile where
people that are disabled can receive food that does help build
strong bodies.

The United States of America is not as secure as we are lead to believe
there are more homeless, there are more mental health issues, there is
more poverty, there is more of an educational system where students are
not being serviced as they should be and Black and Brown children are
not receiving quality education because of alternative initiatives
impacted in racism and injustice.

Farm Share is providing services for all families on distribution days
https://www.farmshare.org/fooddistributions
and cares that families, children, elderly, disabled are able to have
healthy foods.

William and Aida 2020

As a professional educator of 32 years even teachers are struggling
to feed their families. The question that is asked by many are how
can they (teachers) continue to be effective when their own families
are struggling. Educators are being called “HEROES,” but what can
be done to help the thousands that struggle to feed their homes
and students that are either homeless, foodless and not
sure of their families survival?

Teachers are being told they cannot teach about cultural issues like
racism, nationalism, sexism, societal issues that are affecting their
classrooms. So teachers are not allowed to facilitate social issues
even the foodless of their communities. What is a teacher to do
when caught in the middle of political games that still dictate
what a teacher can and cannot say in their classrooms, and is blind
to a teachers struggles in their own homes?

In the next 10 years the number of teachers will drop dramatically
because education and educators are not respected as they use
to be years ago. Teachers are conveniently called HEROES during
a pandemic or other natural disasters, but still held accountable
when students reading, math, language arts and science levels
drop. Teachers cannot solve all the social issues, but teachers can
delay the learning losses of students if supported in schools
and out of schools like corporations, companies, organizations
are by tax breaks, governmental tax incentives and tax breaks.
Lets give teachers, police, fire fighters and medical professional
a year long tax break where they pay no taxes. So they can
stabilize their homes and their children while in the service to
others.

That sounds like to much like the right thing to do for our
so called political representatives.

Blessings, Peace, Love, Mercy
William Jackson, M.Ed. 32 year educator.





Digital Evangelism and Podcasting

Digital Evangelism and Podcasting
William Jackon, M.Ed.


Greetings,
I’m very excited to invite you to my new and growing
Podcast in collaboration of “Church of Christ and Social Media”
blog and my connection with “Let the Bible Speak TV,” that is based in
Jos, Nigeria Africa
https://www.facebook.com/LET-the-BIBLE-SPEAK-TV-109526513806972

LTBSTV is growing successfully with a global presence. Expanding on
that creating a resource in Podcasting with using technology in
cooperation with evangelism. I hope you enjoy the Podcast that will
be available on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.

Church Tech

As we grow more we will have guest speakers to provide additional
content and ability to share in ministry.

Podcast My Quest to Teach and Digital Evangelism
https://anchor.fm/william-d-jackson

Free Food Distribution in Jacksonville, Florida

Free Food Distribution in Jacksonville, Florida
Web site for distribution sites and flyers across Florida
https://www.farmshare.org/fooddistributions

May 2021

Saturday, May 22nd at 9am
until all food is distributed.
Farm Share and Councilman Reggie Gaffney
providing food for the community.
New Fountain Chapel AME Ministries
737 Jessie Street Jacksonville,
Fl. 32206

June 2021

Saturday, June 5, 2021
8:30am-12:30pm
Jacksonville-Holy Spirit Catholic Church
11665 Fort Caroline Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32225, USA

Saturday, June 5, 2021
9:30am-11:30am
Crossroads Health & Wellness Center
5960 Beach Blvd,
Jacksonville, FL 32207, USA

Food is distributed according to number of
families occupying a vehicle. No one should
get out of their cars. Food will be placed in
the trunks or beds of trucks.

Free Food Distribution in Jacksonville, Florida

Free Food Distribution in Jacksonville, Florida
Web site for distribution sites and flyers across Florida
https://www.farmshare.org/fooddistributions

May 2021

Saturday, May 22nd at 9am
until all food is distributed.
Farm Share and Councilman Reggie Gaffney
providing food for the community.
New Fountain Chapel AME Ministries
737 Jessie Street Jacksonville,
Fl. 32206

June 2021

Saturday, June 5, 2021
8:30am-12:30pm
Jacksonville-Holy Spirit Catholic Church
11665 Fort Caroline Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32225, USA

Saturday, June 5, 2021
9:30am-11:30am
Crossroads Health & Wellness Center
5960 Beach Blvd,
Jacksonville, FL 32207, USA

Food is distributed according to number of
families occupying a vehicle. No one should
get out of their cars. Food will be placed in
the trunks or beds of trucks.