One on my ever increasing jobs over the past year is to arrange and operate large scale events involving 100 of YWAM staff across the globe - without leaving my office. This is all done using YWAM's video conference Network - GENESIS (Global, Electronic, Network, Serving, Inspiring, Students) In laymans terms, It's a bit like Skype on acid.
GENESIS is designed to bring people serving in YWAM together from all over the World. Back in June of this year we were lucky enough to be addressed by YWAM's founder, Loren Cunningham. Loren addressed 24 bases across the Americas, but we were also joined another180+ locations joining on our web stream.
We are finding more and more uses for this technology. One way is our weekly operations meetings across our locations in San Diego and Mexico. Instead of driving for hours and paying $100's in Gas, we simply jump on our video machines and have a face to face meeting that way. We have weekly devotionals delivered by a speaker from "somewhere" in the world. We have global worship events and then the large scale addresses from senior leaders. GENESIS is also a great tool for smaller bases who may not have the resourses to fly in speakers for thier training schools. Instead they join over GENESIS.
Our next large scale event is on 11th November at 9am (PST). Darlene Cunningham, co-founder of YWAM, will be joining us.
If you would like to join in and see what we do, you can find the live web stream at: LINK UP AMERICAS