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VITALS
Digital Donations
In 2010, more than $43 million dollars was donated via text messaging to earthquake relief in Haiti. A report done by Pew Research found that 89% of those who texted in a donation were prompted by watching television and half of them gave their donation immediately. Only 14% of those who donated via text did additional research before giving. Since this time, more than 50% have made donations to other organizations and relief causes using text messaging.
Source: World Magazine, February 11, 2012


 


Meet the need in Miami
The majority of Miami residents (60%) are Hispanic and about 70% of the residents use Spanish as their first language. Only 18% of the population is African-American while a smaller 15% are Anglo. The need for more evangelical churches designed to reach such a specific population in Miami is great. To be a part of changing the lives of the people of Miami, consider joining NAMB’s church planting efforts in the city through Send North America. Visit namb.net/mobilize-me.
Source: Urban Impact Ministries


 


A New Generation
Though the majority of seminary students are in their 20s or 30s, an older generation of students is slowly making their presence known on the campuses of seminaries across the U.S. Those over the age of 50 are the fastest growing group of seminary students right now. In 1995 only 12% of seminary students were baby boomers while today that number has climbed to 20%.
Source: CNN.com, December 7, 2011


 


Struggling in the Economy
A new study conducted by Pew Research found that young adults have been affected the most by the struggling U.S. economy. Almost 41% of those ages 18 to 34 say they have experienced difficulty in their careers, marriages, families and schooling due to the sluggish economy. A smaller 24% of middle-aged Americans and 29% of older adults say they have experienced similar economic struggles.
Source: Pew Research, February 9, 2012


 


Commuter Marriage
A growing number of married couples in the U.S. are now choosing to live apart. Known as “commuter marriage,” nearly 3.5 million couples are currently living apart for reasons other than legal separation. This number has doubled over the last 20 years, with only 1.7 million couples living apart in 1990. In response to this and other changing trends in marriage, consider how your church might best minister to and strengthen the marriages in your congregation.
Source: USA Today, February 21, 2012


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