A series of nationwide evangelistic television commercials sponsored by the
North American Mission Board resulted in more than 6,200 total responses to an
offer of a free JESUS video and 48 first-time professions of faith in
The idea was to reach people who are attracted to values-based programming
and thus might be receptive to the gospel. So we ran spots on shows like Cosby
and Little House on the Prairie, then told our telephone encouragers when to
expect responses from viewers, said Ron Lawson, NAMBs media strategy
Telephone encouragers are part of NAMBs Evangelism Response Center, which
channels calls from viewers into homes of volunteers willing to talk with them
The advertising was placed on the Turner Broadcasting System (TBS). Two of
NAMBs most popular TV spots were used, one in which Mary Lou Retton describes
Jesus as a perfect 10 and the other, titled Living Water, taken from the words
of Christ from scripture. Viewers were invited to call a toll-free number to
receive a free copy of the JESUS video.
Press, December 7, 2000.
When asked in a recent Zogby poll to name the best
place for a single person to meet a prospective spouse, respondents scorned the
nightlife in favor of a less worldly alternative.
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A poll of 1,004 adults nationwide
revealed 34.7 percent think the best place for singles to hang out is church
and church-related events. A close second was community events (29.8 percent).
Bars ranked last (2.4 percent). On mission churches are aware of the single
factor and the opportunities for evangelism they present.
Almost half of those over 65 named church, while answers from younger
respondents were distributed fairly evenly between school, work, church and
Source: Reuters/Zogby, August 2000.
During a typical week, people have trouble getting through to a human being at
Protestant churches. Thats one of the conclusions drawn from a new study on
what it takes to make phone contact with a person at a church these days. Among
the key findings of the study were:
In attempting to reach nearly 4,000 churches during business hours, a human
being was accessible on the first call attempt at only one-third of the
Protestant churches called.
Despite making as many as 12 call attempts per church, 40 percent of the
churches never provided access to a human being.
Although answering machines can be purchased economically, 44 percent of the
churches that never answered their telephone did not have an answering
Update, August 22, 2000.
Donations to charities continue to
increase in the United States. The top 20 groups raised more than $38 billion
in 1999, an increase of 13 percent over the previous year.
The Salvation Army was the top fund-raiser. Among other charities in the top
20 were Lutheran Services in America, Habitat for Humanity International,
Catholic Charities USA, World Vision and Campus Crusade for Christ
Charitable giving has increased steadily over the last decade, in line with
the growing economy.
Source:The Chronicle of
There were literally hundreds of people back home
praying for us, knowing we were going on this mission trip. There was this
strength that made me get up and go. It came from God.
Clarke Bynum, six-foot-seven-inch, former Clemson University basketball
player, who on a church mission trip ran into the cockpit and subdued a
deranged man, saving Flight 2069 from London to Nairobi.
Source: Crosswalk.com, January 4,
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