For the Connected Missionary

Missionary Geek

Evernote Tip logoOne of the beautiful things about Evernote is that everything is searchable. You don’t really need to keep your notes in separate notebooks. However, I find that keeping certain types of notes in specific notebooks help me to locate information that I may not have remembered I stored inside my Evernote account.

When we moved to Argentina recently I started an Argentina specific notebook. Inside this notebook I keep phone numbers of other missionaries and service providers. This way I can go to that one notebook and browse quickly to either find information that I need, or to see if I already have a service provider that was recommended previously.

I mark everything in this notebook as a favorite which saves the item on my phone and eliminates the need for a data connection to read the information. This is helpful since much of the information stored in this notebook will be items that I need to reference when I am in town and away from my Internet connection at home.

Bonus: While it is easy to save local contacts into my phone, I have a note in Evernote which is a phone list of all the missionaries and national pastors that I know in the country. This phone list contains their addresses, phone numbers and any online contact information I have for them. Many are people I have never met and I will probably never call. I certainly would not remember their name if I had to look them up in my normal phone contact list during an emergency. However, I can go to this one note and find out if there is a missionary or pastor near where I am located that I could contact in case I really needed help from a Christian brother and I am in a town where I don’t know anyone.

About the author

David is a missionary working with the Deaf. His focus is helping churches in Latin America start ministries for the Deaf in their communities. He currently lives with his wife and kids in Mérida, México. David also serves as the Director of Deaf Ministries for his mission board, Baptist International Outreach.

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  • Alan Minks says:

    Evernote is a great program and a big help. I use it all the time as a missionary in Japan. I, too, highly recommend it. Thanks for writing about tech in ministry.

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