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The most widely used reference book for missions in the world, Operation World, guides adults in learning about and praying for countries and people across the globe.
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Winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award, July 2002!
Named "2002 Book of the Year" by CBC in the United Kingdom.
Awarded the Gold Book Award by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, April 2002.From the Author:
Every year there seems to be more published material that deals with demographic research on countries. In terms of say the population figures and general secular demographics, like life expectancy, annual income, - those kinds of questions - we tend to rely mostly on the United Nations' databases but also on the Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook which gives economic and social statistics of that nature and updates them ever year.
So in terms of the secular statistical data that's what we go with. With regard to the church statistical data, we take it from a whole wide range of sources, one of the main ones would be national church handbooks, say for the UK 'The UK Christian Handbook' and the national equivalent for many other countries.
Also original source material from the headquarters of either mission agencies or denominational agencies. So for example, the Baptist World Alliance would give the Baptist church populations for every country in which there are Baptists and in that way we would get the information on how many congregations, how many members, how many affiliates and so on and so forth and I suppose a further check on all of that information is by being in constant correspondence with our contacts who are on the ground in those specific countries.
I don't know how many thousand people we are in contact with but they tend to function as a very good tether on our information. They will question something that looks a bit spurious or they'll come up with more recent sources and so on and so forth.
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Book Description Zondervan, U.S.A., 1993. Soft cover. Condition: New. NEW. Seller Inventory # 17FEBROM0408
Book Description Zondervan, 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. Updated. Seller Inventory # DADAX0310400317
Book Description Zondervan, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0310400317