(I Thessalonians 1:8 NKJV).
On October 1st, 1995, the first page of Peter Wade's web site went live on the Internet. That page was an article on "How to Walk on Water," which you can still read online! The next day Peter flew to the U.S.A. for four weeks of ministry, and when he told people in his meetings that they could read his articles online, only one or two understood what he was talking about!
20 years is a very long time in technology. Prior to the World Wide Web coming online about 1992, there were newsgroups and bulletin boards (like forums), all of which were predominately text based. The Web through the Netscape Navigator browser brought page layout to the screen using nested tables and low-quality images, and pages were accessed by domain names.
The first domain name we used was www.posword.org, as the trend of the day was to have as short a domain name as possible. In the early 2000s when longer names became the norm, Peter discovered that positivewords.org was already taken by an HIV news site, so he switched the site to peterwade.com as it was easy to remember. He also owns peterwade.org and peterwade.net, as well as newcreatiionrealities.com.
To give you a perspective of the difference between the reach of the web in 1995 and now, the chart below might help.
Even more interesting is that in June 1995 there were 23,500 websites and by May 2015 there were 177 million active websites, and 858 million registered domain names! If we could put the websites in a chart, the 1995 figures would be a fraction of one pixel on the screen!
Peter Wade says that he just wanted to share the teachings from the Bible more widely, and during the next year the site was having more unique visitors each month than people he had reached in the three or so decades of prior ministry! Many more teachings had been added by then, and from 2003 audio teachings were available online, and video teachings some years later. Book sales has always been an important outreach, since Peter published his first book in 1974, and in 2008 his books also became available on Amazon.com as well as from our site.The site was initially coded in HTML by Peter, and he has been the webmaster for the past 20 years. Around 2000 a Content Manage- ment System known as PHP-Nuke was used and ten years later we switched to WordPress, now the engine behind almost a quarter of the world's websites. While some legacy parts of the site remain in the HTML language like our articles section, the WordPress material is fully able to display on mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers. There are now almost 2,000 pages that can be displayed on our site!
Peter and Vivien, now in their senior years, have made many friends they have never met and enjoy the comments that come in on the site and via email. Visitors have come from all over the world, and today the majority come from North America, followed by the United Kingdom and Australia heading the long list of over 100 other countries. The Wades thank you for your love and prayers, and ask that you pray for the future of the site and ministry.
As Albert Goodson wrote in a song, "We've come this far by faith, Leaning on the Lord; Trusting in his holy Word, He's never failed us yet." We believe as William Carey said, "The future is as bright as the promises of God."