How it began

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Our names are Karen Boville and William Crawford. Back in January 2005, God spoke to us and in a remarkable way. We were, at that time, work colleagues in a local Co. Antrim firm. We had been Christians for years but hadn’t been doing much in a way of service for Him. God spoke in our lives and a crisis point was reached where God used co-incidences, or as we now know, God-incidences, to direct us to the setting up of TM.

We had previously had 3000 texts for £20 on a deal from Orange, which at that time was fantastic!! Texts were 10p each back then! Most of them were not being used so it “occurred” to William that maybe they could be used as some sort of text evangelism. He texted Karen the idea and that very morning she had received a thank you back from her friend Louise for a verse of scripture that she had texted her, to encourage her earlier in the week. So from that moment on, the idea was confirmed to us by these “co-incidences” that occurred up to ten times a day!

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So, on the 22nd February 2005 we sent out the first Thought for the Week (T4W) to 50 people from our mobile phones. These are mainly texts of encouragement for Christians. Doing this manually was quite time consuming, so it “just happened” that a guy who knew about bulk messaging came our way and set up a system that could send any quantity of messages instantaneously, using the computer. It also had the facility to register new people automatically. So that was a huge help. The texts that we had on the Orange deal were then used to send out Gospel verses to randomly generated mobile numbers as a means of evangelism. Over the next few months thousands of texts were sent out, leading to some very interesting responses!! Some of these were from well known religions, others were people with problems in their lives and some from Christians too. Unfortunately, now it is not possible to do this because of government restrictions.
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God's Word shall not return unto me void

Isaiah 55 v 11

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How to register for T4W

You can register your mobile to receive Thought for the Week by texting T4W to 0779 780 3718. (This text will cost your normal network rate to register, Text Ministry make no charges to receive T4W)
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