A large project requires one of two things. A lot of planning, or a lot of tries. We've had neither; but then, isn't that roughly how the missions industry seems to work? We very rarely get to see the fruits of our labour, and yet when the Lord says jump, we jump as hard as we can. Why? Because he knows how to truly make a difference and we're here for His glory.
Missionseek is a platform that has been in development for approximately 8 or 9 months and has a long and storied history, one that we'll be covering in our next blog post. It's not every day that you get handed a database that's almost as old as you are and told to migrate it to the modern age. I always made it clear I don't do coding and am no expert in databases, so how hard could it be? I'm sure David said the same thing before he pinged Goliath, but I'm no David and I can't sling a bullet faster than a 9 mm gunshot. More to the point, 8 months ago I barely knew HTML, let alone the five other languages involved in making this happen; and as any youngster can tell you while sighing at fixing granny's remote one last time, old people do not like new things and the database running the show quietly behind the scenes is absolutely ancient by internet standards. Heck, it was around before Google and Facebook. So the process of dragging it kicking and screaming into the modern era on cloud hosted architecture has taken more than 100,000 lines of code, a modern php framework and the kind of headaches no artist ever wants to have. Syntax errors. *shudders*
I'd like to say a huge thank you to the incredible patience of our Director, Pam Thyer and the members of the Missions Interlink board for being willing to put the resources into something that grew much bigger than any of us anticipated or planned for. It's not every day you get to meet and work along side people willing to say, 'Just get it done, we'll take care of the rest'. They put a huge amount of faith in someone who to all intents and purposes was absolutely not qualified for this messy business of coding. Another massive mention goes out to Lindsay Fell who's supported us wholeheartedly and passed on his platform with grace and joy, without him this platform could not have existed at all. Another thank you to our admin, Avy for supporting everyone in the background across the sea and to Jan for being willing to serve and help out. Last but not least, of course, a shoutout to God, in whom we owe everything.
So ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to present Missionseek. A platform built to connect agencies to the people seeking to do mission. It's in beta and is going to be a bit shakey for a while, but we all here at Missions Interlink sincerely hope you can use this to the glory of the Kingdom. We'll be continuing to work on it, polishing, debugging, cleaning, designing and building in new features to help smooth the process for all sides. There's a lot of moving parts, but we have a foundation now. It's not much, but it's ours, and now it's yours. We've a long road ahead of us.
We hope you like it. God Bless all of you lovely people.
A large project requires one of two things. A lot of planning, or a lot of tries. We've had neither; but then, isn't that roughly how the missions industry seems to work? We very rarely get to see the fruits of our labour, and yet when the Lord says jump, we jump as hard as we can. Why? Because he knows how to truly make ...