My friend Shauna got me on Facebook. Shauna taught our girls a few years ago. Everyday after school I’d enter the schoolroom and find her on this strange webpage looking at friends’ pictures or chatting away. She began to say, “I can help set you up with this. It’s fun. You need to do it Nancy.” So in early 2008 Shauna and I sat down to create a Facebook account.
I found Facebook a great way to keep up with stateside friends and family. I loved seeing what my nieces and nephews were up to. When I requested my nephew, Chris, he wrote, “I guess Facebook isn’t just for college students any more.”
Little by little more friends and family entered the world of Facebook. Soon I connected with old high school friends via Facebook. This year I found a dear friend from high school, Linda. She calls herself techno cave woman and isn’t on Facebook. A mutual friend connected us through a Facebook post. Linda lives in the same small town where my girls attended school in the states. Daily I drove by her house as I picked the girls up from school, but her kids are home schooled so we didn’t cross paths. In a month or so we’ll connect face to face since we’ll live in the next town over.
About three years ago I had a friend request from a Moldovan named Elena. She inboxed me, “I hear you have a great English library. Could I borrow some books? I love to read English.” So began a wonderful friendship. Since that day I’ve passed many, many books to Elena, and she’s passed a few my way. You can read her blog on books here. We’ve met for coffee many times and talked about what God is doing in our lives. This fall Andy & I have the great honor of coming back to Moldova to serve as the “Spiritual parents” at her wedding to Igor. (Who borrowed loads of books from Andy.) And it started on Facebook.
Some people say Facebook is a waste of time, an addiction. But I recently heard that the more people actually connect by social networks, the more they see each other face-to-face. Interesting.
Some days Facebook is a waste of my time. Other days it is great news from home—a baby’s birth, an engagement announced or a call to pray for a need. And on some days, when I’m just missing home and family, it is a connection to those I care about and can’t see.
The world has changed. The Internet truly has changed the world. I’m glad. What a blessing to this is cross-cultural worker. Linda would have been one town over and still totally lost to me. I’d never have the amazing Elena in my life without it. I wouldn’t see nieces going off to college and loving it; nephews rejoicing because she said, “Yes.” So glad for this.
How has Social Networking affected your relationships for good or bad?