LUP024 – Military, Church, and Missions: Sean Coffey, Part 1

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll hear in Episode 24:

  • Update: Sharing Edify Hub in Sunday School, challenges with adding features.
  • Encouragement: Hear how God took a messed up childhood and led to a useful adult life.
  • Tech. Tip: Learn how to make sure your Facebook posts are going to look how you want them before other people see them.

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Update

  • Was asked to share Edify Hub in my Sunday School class.
    • Story isn’t about Edify Hub.
    • It’s about how a creative God uses His people in creative ways to accomplish His purpose.
    • Here some of my story in Episode 1 and Episodes 13-14.
  • With several development projects to embark on, I want to be ready to explain to a new developer how to set up their development system to work like Edify Hub does.
    • Many moving parts
    • All have to be set up before even a tiny change can be made and tested.
    • Too much to ask.
    • Trying to figure out how to simplify it.
    • Could use prayer.
Sean & Kathy Coffey - Churches In Missions
Sean & Kathy Coffey – Churches In Missions

Encouragement

Today’s guest grew up divided between parents in different states. After a potentially-serious brush with the law, he came to know Christ and is now serving with Churches in Missions, a mission organization dedicated to assisting pastors and churches in short term mission trips. I mentioned on our last episode that I met him during my trip to Germany, in the church where he and his wife surrendered their lives to Christ. But the road he followed to get to that point was a long, hard, and painful one.

Let’s listen to part one of the story of God’s work in the life of Sean Coffey.

Seems like such a missed opportunity. Being in church wasn’t enough to make a difference for him. His exposure to the gospel was weakened by the examples of others. But, the Holy Spirit was still working in his life. Be sure to listen next week to hear how God finally got his attention and how he grew to where he’s serving now.

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Tech. Tip

Sometimes, your Facebook post is a quick, casual sentence or two. Other times, you want to share a carefully-crafted update where you want to tag friends or other ministries or share multiple photos or website links.

And sometimes those more complicated posts end up not looking quite like what you expected.

Facebook does let you change your post after it’s already published. Just click the little gray downward-pointing arrow on the upper right of the post, and you can choose Edit Post or delete it entirely.

But while you’re checking out your final results and making edits, your friends – especially those who you tagged – may be seeing your post with the mistakes before you get your corrections in.

If you have super-perfectionist tendencies like I do, there is a way you can give yourself the time to proof the final output of your Facebook post before anyone else sees it.

You’re probably familiar with the privacy options Facebook gives to control whether your post is visible to everyone or only to your friends. While you’re typing your post, you’ll see a button that says either “Public” with a globe icon, or “Friends” with an icon showing the silhouette of two people. Your default privacy setting will determine which of those you see first.

Clicking that button lets you change your privacy setting just for the post you’re typing. And there are lots of other privacy settings you can choose besides just Public or Friends. If you have created custom lists of friends, you can choose one of those, or one of the “smart” lists that Facebook creates based on common location, work, or education history.

But there’s one other option in that list that may have made you wonder – what in the world is that for? Who would ever use that? That option says “Only me” and it has an icon that looks like a padlock.

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“Only Me” Facebook Setting

That’s the choice you want for these detailed posts that you want to get just right.

While you’re composing your post, set the privacy setting to “Only Me” and fully type out all of the names of friends or ministries. Don’t click on the popup options to tag anyone. When you’re done composing your post and adding in any links or photos, go ahead and post it with the privacy still set to “Only Me.” Proofread the final version as it appears on your timeline. Use the Edit Post option to make any corrections and publish again – as many times as you need to get the text and all attachments just right.

After everything looks how you want it, you can make it visible. Click “Edit Post” one more time and make the following changes before clicking Save:

  • If the text of your post has names that you want to become tags, delete those names and re-type them, tapping the names of your friends when they pop up.
  • If you want to tag friends using Facebook’s “with so-and-so” at the end of your post, click the “Tag Friends” button and select the friends to tag.
  • Finally, change the privacy setting from “Only Me” to either “Public” or “Friends” (or “Friends (+) if you tagged people.”

When you’re done tagging and changing your privacy setting, click Save.

Now, your carefully-crafted Facebook post is available for others to see, only after you’ve made sure it looks exactly how you want it to look.

Closing

On today’s episode, you’ve learned how to double check your new Facebook post to make sure it’s perfect before you let other people see it. You also met Sean Coffey and heard of the difficult life he led before he came to Christ and started serving Him in missions. Finally, you heard me ask for prayer for wisdom on helping new computer programmers get set up to build new features for Edify Hub’s missionary websites.

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And if you’d pray for me this week, your prayers will help lift up someone today.

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