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A useful tip for WordPress users…

I really like WordPress. I have used Blogger, use Typepad regularly and tried other systems but WordPress seems to do all I want quickly, easily, slickly and for free!

Now I love the RSS technology that enables a website to publish a series of articles or pages so that other sites can syndicate them and make use of them. I set up planetYWAM.net to captialise this as it sucks in the RSS feeds from websites and then re-publishes them on one page. It makes an auto-matic newspaper that publishes once an hour. Only with out editorial control. But it does have its own RSS feed too!

Anyway I wanted to set up this blog so that only articles that I place in the YWAM category are published on planetYWAM. It turns out this is quite easy to do. WordPress allows you to add a /feed to the end of the blog url or the category url or comments url with provides a feed to that subset of articles.

e.g. https://kevincolyer.wordpress.com/category/ywam/feed will give me an RSS link to a series of articles I have placed in the YWAM category. I have added this link to the planetYWAM engine and so it should publish this article presently!

Very cool eh? And all for free! Actually, something this good is worth paying for as if it ever goes away I will be sad!

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90 Days to read the Bible

I have joined with a whole host of folks at the Link to read the Bible through in 90 days. It is quite a tought target taking 30 minutes of reading each day.

So far I am doing well with the discipline of reading. I am not aiming for depth in this exercise but the benefit of a spitiual disciple as well as the washing of the water of the word that reading the Bible like this grants.

So far the speed of reading makes the tough books like Numbers and Leviticus a much more interesting read! It is interesting the way the holiness and dedication for the people of Isreal is worked out. In our individualist society these rules would be anathema but in a collective responsibility mindset like the ancient nation of Isreal it must have worked better!

It is still early days for the reading but it is good fun.

Kevin


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September letter from the YWAMKB

Greetings all Infonauts!

After a very long break for my furlough and the successful birth of my twin boys, Luc and Joshua, I am now back to work. In between quick naps and nappy changes I have chance to write a letter on the KB, so I am taking it!

I was thrilled to be away this summer and leave the admin of the YWAM KB in the hands of Little Eagle, Neo, Crashsystems and others. It shows that the team behind the KB is growing plus the hardware and software is robust and healthy. I am glad this project is growing beyond me and my domain and becoming our thing; something that belongs to us and we can work on together. Giving away knowledge is absolutely vital. The alternative of which is to hold on to it and creating a little kingdom of our own. And that is so unhealthy. Especially when you consider our calling is to make God known and anything that hinders the increase of effectiveness in making God known in YWAM is not from the Lord!

Did you know we have passed 200,000 page views? These are views as counted by the wiki software so if you take all the caching that happens on the internet that means we have probably had many more views of the pages. It is great progress and a consistent growth curve. Already over 1% of YWAM staff are registered users; I presume the unregistered users are many more than this. When we reach 340 registered users we will have 2% of all YWAMers!

What encourages me about all this is that we are helping our fellow missionaries make a difference where they are. And we need to keep working at it! We currently have a DTS outreach team here in Brussels from Byron Bay in Australia. I had never heard of the place but as we chatted I realised it is a place of world pilgrimage for back-packers! It is a small town of 9,000 people but 1.3 million back-packers turn up there each year for the sand and the surf (and etc.) What a place to be YWAMers and do outreach! So I begged them to write about how they do what they do so that those of us who reach similar people groups can be inspired to reach out too. Ibiza probably is very similar to Byron Bay, so YWAM Australia has much to offer YWAM Europe… but only if we take the time to communicate!

So please try to set aside just half an hour this month to write about something you are doing, no matter how dull or obvious it may appear to you – it will help others to grow in their effectiveness in making the knowledge of Christ known in the world!

Cheers,

Kevin