Did You Know--April 2009

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Youth for Jesus

Every July, ASI sponsors Youth for Jesus, a youth-led evangelism campaign in the city where the year’s ASI convention is being held. Nearly 40 young people from around the world participate in door-to-door outreach, Bible studies, evangelistic meetings and more. They also receive training from Bible workers and evangelism instructors. For more information about the program, including how you can participate, visit http://yfj.netasi.org. You can also learn more about a new Youth for Jesus program in this month’s feature.

Young and Rare

As the baby boomers become empty nesters, the number of American families with children at home is going down. In 1950, some 52 percent of families had children under age 18 living at home. In 2008, the number decreased to 46 percent. Other contributing factors include:

Increased longevity—the average life expectancy of 30-year-olds increased by three years between 1960 and 1980.

Increased childlessness—the percentage of childless women age 40 to 44 doubled between 1976 (10 percent) and 2006 (20 percent).

Thoughts on Youth

"Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity."

1 Timothy 4:12 (NKJV)

"We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous."

Benjamin Disraeli

"The good thing about being young is that you are not experienced enough to know you cannot possibly do the things you are doing."


Out of Step

Here's an exercise program that doesn't quite make the cut. In a recent fund raising charity race, a group of more than 5,000 runners in South Carolina ran two miles to a downtown Krispy Kreme shop, ate a dozen glazed doughnuts, and returned to the campus of North Carolina State University. The group did raise $35,000 for the North Carolina Children's Hospital, but each runner consumed 2,400 calories and 144 grams of fat while burning only 400 calories during the race.

Source: USA Today

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