Webmasters with links to "Survivor" sites might want to add a few more to their collection:
* TinaW.com ( http://www.tinaw.com/ ), dubbed as an "unofficial fan site of Sole Survivor Tina Wesson." For those who weren't tuned in on May 3, Tina Wesson was the winner of the CBS reality-TV program "Survivor II: The Australian Outback" (official site: http://survivor.cbs.com/primetime/survivor2/ ). But TinaW.com is more than a fan page; it's an evangelistic outreach of At TinaW.com, surfers can read about Wesson's background, view photos from the "Survivor" program, link to information about the various program episodes and send an e-mail message to Wesson. They can also read inspirational stories, search an online Bible or download free Bible studies.
* KentuckyJoe.com ( http://www.kentuckyjoe.com/ ), an evangelistic fan site for Survivor II contestant Rodger Bingham, who was dubbed "Kentucky Joe" by other members of the Survivor crew. Similar in design and content to TinaW.com -- both are the creation of Brent High, vice president of operations for FaithSite.com ( http://www.faithsite.com/ ) -- KentuckyJoe.com is also intended to draw fans of the Survivor series toward Christ.
Both TinaW.com and KentuckyJoe.com are excellent examples of how to reach out to contemporary culture by finding common ground -- in this instance, a popular TV program. The same example can be adapted to music, hobbies, sports -- practically anything. Both sites also include links to an online Bible school curriculum, and High reports 72 people have enrolled in this program as a result of the two "Survivor" sites.
* Remember Dirk Been from the original "Survivor"? He blazed the trail for Tina Wesson and Rodger Bingham by openly sharing his faith with viewers and his fellow contestants. He continues to share his faith -- in a low-key way -- with the online world via own website, http://dirkbeen.tripod.com/ . You won't find any overt references to Christianity here, but links to articles about Been's faith.
* Evangelist Ron Hutchcraft's commentary about the Survivor phenomenon leads to an interesting gospel presentation worth linking. Read "Survivor: When YOUR Tribe Has Spoken," at http://www.gospelcom.net/rhm/editorials/survivor.html .
HAS YOUR TRIBE SPOKEN? A "SURVIVOR II" REFLECTION Last Thursday, millions of people tuned in to watch the much-anticipated, final episode of "Survivor II," the reality-TV program that has become something of a cultural icon in America. People watched anxiously to see whom would be "voted out of the tribe" and who would remain. What is it about those words--"The tribe has spoken; it's time for you to go"--that gives us such a painful twinge inside? Ron Hutchcraft, in a recent editorial, suggests we can all identify with the sting of rejection by a "tribe" to which we've wanted to belong. Have you ever wondered where to find friendship that would never "vote you off?" Read "Survivor: When Your Tribe Has Spoken" at Ron Hutchcraft Ministries. "Survivor: When Your Tribe Has Spoken": http://www.gospelcom.net/rhm/editorials/survivor.html