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One focus of The Greatest Mission Trip is to get families into the Word together, devoting themselves to following God through knowledge of His truths so that our children can make decisions for Christ as their Savior. But for many, many families that is a tremendous difficulty. Consider these startling statistics pulled from http://www.parapub.com/:
- 1/3 of all high school graduates never read another book;
- 42% of college graduates never read another book after leaving college;
- 80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a book in the last year;
- 70% of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
I’m not sure how we got here as a nation, and I’m not willing to turn this forum into a soap box for anything else than what it is. These statistics don’t speak well of a lot of things.
However, I recognize that those who regularly check into TGMT probably fall among the 20% who read regularly. Assuming the 80/20 split applies to the Christian population as well, that means that 4/5 of our Christian brothers and sisters don’t ever crack the Bible open to learn more about their Lord or draw closer to Him.
This means they can’t pass this knowledge on to their children, which is probably why 80-85% of teens/young adults walk away from their faith (from evangelical households, anyway).
So, how do we reach the 80% of the families who didn’t pick up a Bible in the last year to read from it? If anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear about them, because I have family members and friends who fall within the 80%. How do I reach them?
Check in Saturday, 9/13/08, when my husband will weigh in on this issue. Trust me, you do not want to miss his take on this.