With all the potential for good, the reality is that improper use of these technologies is hurting us in a few critical ways. Missionaries may live overseas, even learn some language and gather much data about a culture… and still not be there as a real part of the community. The loneliness, that historically drove missionaries into the social fabric in the areas they worked in, slowly disappeared.
The short answer is… because healthy New Testament churches do not organically “spring up” among new converts on their own. [New converts need] believers to walk them through this new identity of being a Christ follower and the implications it has on their previous religious, clan, tribal and family relationships.
And it’s more than just lost opportunities… at times they face real animosity for their foreignness. Government or religious persecution, or the political instability their folks are dealing with, often times bleeds over onto the kids.