A young member of the Assembly of God Life Ministry, in north Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has created a site where missionaries from all over the world are able to send messages directly to cell phones and provide information about what is happening in their mission fields.
The project, called RM Messenger, is a pioneer in the global network and allows missionaries to communicate with each other and send news across the world.
33-years-old Felipe Pinheiro has been involved in mission work for a long time, and saw the need to share experiences with other brothers and sisters in Christ, according to Brazilian publication CPAD.
"I was the mission ministry leader of the church where I congregated and felt the need to create a unique tool for the Church where evangelicals could reach other evangelicals so we could pray for each other, and help each other," said Pinheiro.
He says the first message sent through the website was in December 2009 by a missionary who is in Sao Tome and Principe, a small archipelago of Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and Nigeria. The missionary asked for prayers for the children who were in a hospital where she worked.
The Messenger uses MRI technology and has became a social network that allows users to invite friends and post messages with pictures and videos between members of the church.
According to Felipe Pinheiro, the goal is not to compete with other social networks like MySpace and Facebook but rather a tool to change the world.
"I want to make clear that we are not competing with other social networks. Each one has its role. We're just willing to show that we are able to produce something that goes far beyond a social network: we have a tool that can change the natural order of this world!" He explains.
According to Pinheiro, the site allows missionaries around the world to send any type of messages such as message of support, prayer or a blessing to members of their church or even to members of any church in Brazil.
Visit the website http://www.rmmessenger.com.
Additional Reporting by: Jussara Teixeira