It’s always fun (and helpful) to take a quick look at the stats for our website at the end of the year. Through the stats we can see a cross section of our ministry and we can see how our supporters have shared our ups and downs. Sometimes, we’re surprised at some of the ways our web site reaches beyond the normal borders of our every day lives.
It can be fun (and useful) to study the visit stats for our website and learn how to adapt our communications with supporters. Two years ago I poked fun at Vermont because it was the only state that had 0 visits to our web site in 2013, putting it (I joked) in the same category as the likes of North Korea and Somalia. Not only does it seem that four people in Vermont were born again this year (joking again) but the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service decided they needed to keep careful tabs on my website (only half joking).
Year end listicles are all the rage in the newspapers these days so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and do a toddjana top 10. I can’t really do top 10 blog posts because I haven’t written that many worthwhile posts this year. So we’ll stick with a more general top 10 interesting tidbits from the 2013 toddjana blog.
This is a continuation of the series on religion in Slovakia. I’ve been trying to get underneath the statistics on religion in order to understand what they mean in terms of living and working as a missionary in Slovakia. In this post I compare two different ways of communicating the gospel in the context of the numbers I’ve been sharing in the previous posts.[Read more…]
Catholic, Lutheran, Evangelical, …. What we want to know is…how many believers are there in Slovakia? Or, better yet, to what degree is Slovakia a reached country?
As Mark Twain always used to say, “There are lies, [Read more…]
In the first post of this series I noted that according to the 2001 census in Slovakia, just 0.2% of the people in Slovakia claim to be a part of an evangelical denomination. That’s a really small number when you compare it to the 25-30% that claim to be evangelical in the United States. But when you just compare the numbers you only get part of the story. This whole series of posts is about getting at what those numbers mean and this post in particular is about what it means in terms of the cultural radar.