Traditionally believers shared prayer requests and answers often. In the southern U.S. a generation or so ago, a Wednesday night prayer meeting, often combined with a spaghetti buffet kept congregants informed of needs and praises.

Now, many churches rely on Facebook or other social media to share such intimate details. While that renders the communications more timely, it can also potentially compromise a sufferer in unexpected ways. Posting a missions trip or even a funeral can let burglars know you won’t be at home, perhaps for an extended period. Less disastrously, reporting on your flooded home can garner prayers and volunteers, but also shady, unwanted contractor solicitations.

Rick Cousins can be reached at rick.cousins@galvnews.com.

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