Story by Peter M.
From 2020 we (Amber Lights) have been exploring platforms to stream on and develop an online community. We started on YouTube before moving to Twitch and Discord last year. Twitch is an interactive live streaming service popular with people interested in gaming, e-sports, and music – and has an ever-growing fan base. Discord is a group-chatting platform that is popular among gamers.
Within the first two months of streaming our music live – someone reached out to us (we’ll call him Ash). Ash thanked us for being a light in that space. He’d been watching our music regularly and was particularly moved by Amber Lights creating an accepting community online.
“Because of you guys – I’ve rediscovered my relationship with God again.” – Ash
We were blown away. At that point, we had not officially engaged anyone online to invite people to connect with Jesus and have a relationship with him. Rather, it resulted from us creating an online community where people could come together, feel loved, feel accepted, and hear a bit about what Jesus had done in our lives and experience some love for themselves.
Not long after, we invited Ash to read the Bible and pray with us. Within a few months, we’d started an online bible reading group with another young adult who’d originally connected through a high-school performance. We hope to soon start another group, all those whom we’ve met online.
Now and then, we do a public call-out online to invite people to consider joining a group to read the Bible and pray together. There is interest across the globe, and the beauty of digital is being able to connect with people no matter where they live.
The best thing about being on streaming platforms is that shining the light doesn’t stop with us! Not only have we had a chance to be a positive influence for those that are watching Amber Lights live, but we’ve got to be an unexpected catalyst in that space for other streamers – encouraging them to be more open about their faith online. Praise God!