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Gleanings: November 2013

Important developments in the church and the world.

Mapping Missionaries

Missions has become truly global—yet remains imbalanced. The top 10 sending countries sent almost three-quarters of the world's 400,000 international missionaries in 2010, but are home to only one-third of the world's church members. Meanwhile, the top nine receiving countries received more than one-third of the world's missionaries, but are home to only 3.5 percent of the world's non-Christians. When the Center for the Study of Global Christianity calculated missionaries per capita,
it produced very different rankings. Top senders per million church members: Palestine, Ireland, Malta, Samoa, and South Korea. The top receivers per million people? Majority-Christian islands in the Caribbean and Oceania.

Pat Robertson's successor resigns from Regent

Carlos Campo went from valet parker to
university president within 10 years. Then, three weeks into the current school year,
the Regent University president resigned. The surprise decision by the first Latino president of a regionally accredited Christian university was actually not the school's first September departure: in 2000, Paul Cerjan was similarly replaced as president by Pat Robertson, founder and broadcaster. "I knew it was likely to happen with me," said Campo, a rising leader among Latino evangelicals who now expects to become more vocal and active on higher education and immigration reform. But he believes the
situation is "pretty appropriate and typical of founder-led institutions." Robertson now heads Regent for the fourth time. "Frankly," said Campo, "it's his place."

In Pakistan, Death penalty is good news for Christians

A symbolic church whose mosque-like ...

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