We’re planning a missions trip to St Paul, MN

was a message I recieved from a friend of mine a while back… and the thing is, she lives in Australia! Its like cool, we could finally meet up after all these years of online communications… but in the back of my mind, I was going whoa.

Why travel across the globe, especially when there are so many to be reached, and why St Paul where there are churches everywhere, and many of them have long term missionaries, and send folks out on short term mission trips all over the world. That was until I saw an discussion by Tad DeLay concerning Ed Stetzers book on church planting. Some interesting and somewhat discouraging stats:

– In 1900, there were 28 churches for every 10,000 Americans.

-In 1950, there were 17 churches for every 10,000 Americans.

-In 2000, there were 12 churches for every 10,000 Americans.

-in 2004, the latest year available, there are 11 churches for every 10,000 Americans.

– There are 120 million secular undiscipled people in the United States.

– The U.S. is the largest mission field in the Western hemisphere.

– The U.S. is the fifth largest mission field on earth.

I really like what Tad came up with, so rather than further commentary, I’ll direct you to his blog.

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