Monday, December 3, 2012

DECEMBER 2012 EVANGELICAL REPORT



December 2012

Most Unmarried Evangelical Millennials Have Never Had Sex
The NAE commissioned a poll on what evangelicals ages 18-29 think and practice regarding sex and unexpected pregnancies. There are some surprising (and encouraging) stats. For example, the percentage of unmarried evangelical Millennials who have had sex is much lower (44 percent) than previously thought (80 percent). The poll’s findings will be released in five stages. This first two sections are already available. (read more)

National Marriage Week
Plan now for National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) by launching a marriage class or event during the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. A free tool kit (event ideas, curricula, press release, advertisements, etc.) can help you plan a meaningful event in your area, and you can join a conference call on Dec. 4 with NAE President Leith Anderson to find out more. (learn more)

Immigration Reform in 92 Days
A group of evangelical leaders sent letters to President Obama and the House and Senate leadership seeking action on immigration policy within the first 92 days of President Obama’s second term. (read more)

I Was a Stranger Challenge
The I Was a Stranger campaign takes its name from Matthew 25:35, where Jesus says that by welcoming a stranger, we may be welcoming him. The focus of the challenge is for believers to read a short passage of Scripture each day for 40 days that speaks to God’s heart for immigrants and to pray for immigrants in their community. (sign up)

Helping Families Stay in Touch with their Loved Ones Behind Bars
When prisoners are incarcerated far from home, telephone calls are often the only way for family members to keep in touch. Prisoners who maintain relationships with their family while in prison are more likely to be rehabilitated when they are released. But phone rates for calls from prisons in some states are exorbitant – as much as $17 for a 15-minute call. The NAE has called for the Federal Communications Commission to cap rates at a reasonable level.  (read more)

Catalog of Hope­
The Catalog of Hope provides a glimpse into the work of World Relief and the people they serve. As you consider giving gifts to those you love this Christmas season, we hope you will also consider giving to the least of these. (give a gift)

Member Spotlight: Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope serves people throughout the United States and world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. Convoy has deployed 54 tractor-trailer loads carrying over $2 million worth of food, water and emergency supplies to New York and New Jersey in the weeks since Hurricane Sandy. (read more)

Article Spotlight: Abortions Fall 5%, Largest Drop in a Decade
Los Angeles Times – The rate of abortions in the United States fell by 5%, the largest single-year decrease in a decade, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. (read more)

Event Spotlight: Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery & Trafficking
Human trafficking is the third largest crime in the world and one of the fastest growing. Join the prayer movement and raise awareness. The Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery & Trafficking is Jan. 11-13, 2013. (read more)

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