Our Father is Always at His Work
Dear Fellow Investors and Friends,
A recent CNN.com article reported on an extensive new study to predict the fate of five major faiths, along with folk religions and the religiously unaffiliated. Pew Research Center collected data from 234 countries and territories on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, judaism, and Islam. The study based its projections on the age of populations, fertility and mortality rates, as well as migration and conversion patterns.
Of the major faiths, all except Buddhists are expected to grow in the next 35 years with the biggest increases among Christians and Muslims. Islam is the fastest growing religion and will make up about one-third of the world’s total projected population, that is 2.76 billion by 2050 (up from 1.6 billion in 2010). Christians will grow to a slightly higher number of 2.92 billion. About 40 million people are projected to switch to Christianity, while 106 million are projected to leave, with most joining the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated.
The article includes a number of very interesting projections and some analyses/caveats, as well as a link to the Pew research report. Here is the link if you’d like to read it: www.cnn.com/2015/04/02/living/pew-study-religion/
God is the only One who knows the real numbers, and He is sovereignly at work. I couldn’t help but pause, though, at the enormity of the task that we share as Christ-followers. But I also rejoice that we are part of The Alliance movement that is involved in so many places ministering to a lost and hurting world.
Thank you once again for your investments in ADF that demonstrate your commitment to Alliance churches who are on the frontlines in their communities, and in the supporting echelons of the worldwide work.
Please share your thoughts and comments by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are always welcome.