Monday, June 5, 2017

Statistics from the Heart

   Preaching the Bible has many forms.  There’s the cart witnessing, the door to door, return visits, Bible study, mall witnessing and street witnessing.  The mall witnessing and street witnessing are different from cart witnessing.  Cart service does not approach strangers, the cart itself does the offering.  The mall and street witnessing is where Jehovah’s Witnesses approach strangers in the mall, parks, bus stops and any spot in the curb where people pass.  In the 90’s, before busses in the Philippines had television, I used to ride standing and walk along the aisle handing out Bible tracts to passengers who actually read them until they reached their destination.

   Jehovah’s Witnesses report the number of hours, the number of homes they visited outside of door to door preaching, the number of publication distributed and the number of Bible study conducted.  No money change hands during preaching.  Everything is free.  Monthly reporting is done only for statistical purposes.  It tells the organization the worldwide progress of the preaching work.  As Jesus said, “And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations,” (Matthew 24:14)

  When the computer happened, Jehovah’s Witnesses used it to translate the Bible in 120 languages so all nations can read and understand it.  More than 200 million copies of the Bible have been distributed.  When the Internet happened, Jehovah’s Witnesses used it to bring the Bible and publications to places that are difficult to reach by foot through JW.org.  As Hebrews 13:20-21 says, “Our Lord Jesus…equip you with every good thing to do his will.”

   As we have seen, computer and the internet are speeding up the preaching work.  “The little one will become a thousand and the small one a mighty nation. I myself, Jehovah, will speed it up in its own time.” (Isaiah 60:22)  

   The blog is an instrument for preaching that is not reported.  The statistics are not valid as the stats are counted as pageviews.  There is no way of knowing if a pageview came from a new viewer or a returning viewer and which one led to reading the entire article.  I have no idea how many Jehovah’s Witnesses have a blog.  Mine has several Bible based articles.  Below are the stats of how many pageviews each article got.  Again, the pageviews don’t represent the actual interest of the reader or the completion and effect of reading the article.  Still, for whatever it's worth, it's well-intentioned. 
   Only Jehovah can read the heart of the reader. He has the accurate statistics of the above articles.  Ultimately He alone judges the merit of the blogger’s efforts.  “For Jehovah searches through all hearts, and he discerns every inclination of the thoughts” (1Chronicles 28:9)

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