Friday, March 6, 2009

March Report

Dear Christian Friend,

Here’s a trivia quiz for you. What nation in the world -

  • has an estimated population of 5,179,571 souls?
  • is predominately Sunni Muslim?
  • converses in Turkmen and Russian?
  • is mostly covered by the Kara-Kum Desert?
  • has a 60% unemployment rate?
  • is a northern neighbor to Iran and Afghanistan?
  • is one of the 8 most repressive regimes in the world, severely restricting human and religious freedoms?
  • is the newest nation to contact Truth for the World?
Not sure? Here are some other hints –

  • it’s nomadic people still often live in yurtas, collapsible wood houses covered in reeds and felt.
  • men still dress in baggy, blue pantaloons with a red robe over a white shirt, and wear big, shaggy wool hats.
  • women still declare their status by the braids in their hair – 1 for married, 2 for single.
  • it is famous for its horses and carpets.
The answer is Turkmenistan.

So how did a seeking soul from the nomadic land of Turkmenistan find Truth for the World? On the Internet, of course. The latest statistics estimate that almost 1.6 billion people use the Internet worldwide now. We generally assume that Americans are the main Internet users, and we do have the greatest percentage of our population online with 73% of us able to navigate the web. But in the last 8 years Internet usage has more than tripled. Internet users now number:

Oceania/Australia 20.6 million
Middle East 45.9 million
Africa 54.2 million
Latin America 166.4 million
North America 246.8 million
Europe 390.1 million
650.4 million

The Internet can be an incredible tool for spreading the Gospel of Christ and reaching lost souls. Let’s use it!

Staff of Truth for the World

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