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Embezzlers in the church
Suppose you wanted to do something big for the world mission of all Anglicans, independents, marginal Christians, Orthodox, Protestants and Roman Catholics. Suppose you were given $1.4 million to spend today and each day, what would that buy?

The experts figured out that with today’s amount you could place 286,000 Bibles in China. Or you could save up a year of $1.4 million days and have enough money to sponsor 17,400 missionaries at $30,000 a year each. If you want to pay the pittances that go to “national workers,” which means $100 per month average, you could field 5.2 million new workers.

Of course, only 5 percent of Christian giving goes to “foreign missions,” and globally the average Christian gives only $98 per year. If you wanted to match all of this day’s Christian donations, you could spend $26 million, or $19 billion in all of 2003. The projection for 2025 is that $65 billion will be available for all causes.


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