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Stock Market Approaches All-time Highs
Issue: Friday’s gain puts Dow Jones 4% away from its all-time high.
Relevance to Missions: Fresh wealth is being created that could be mobilized by missionaries, churches, and Christian non-profits.
My Opinion: Let’s get over the ‘economy is bad’ mindset – funding is available.
Payroll Tax Increase Not a Tax Increase
Issue: Payroll tax increases from 4.2% to 6.2% January 1.
Relevance to Missions: Most missions employees (unless you’ve opted out of Social Security) are paying 2% more in payroll taxes, resulting in less take home pay.
My Opinion: They payroll tax holiday was a bad idea. I’m not any better off because of it but now I have to shift my budget downward. If you didn’t put that extra money to good use, was it worth robbing the so-called Social Security Fund, at an estimated $240 billion, so that we could enjoy an extra latte every day?
Algeria Hostage Crisis Results in Dozens Dead
Issue: Foreigners and Algerians killed by militant attack on natural gas plant.
Relevance to Missions: Terrorist attacks are not new. However, attacks on multi-national economic structures for political purposes are not commonplace. Attacks like this may gain popularity and influence systems and structures used by the missions network.
My Opinion: I’m a little concerned that this attack occurred on a natural gas plant, a multi-national effort including workers from dozens of countries. Japanese, Americans, and Brits were killed. Apparently Canadians were connected to this group from Mali creating noise against French interests. These kinds of attacks by rogue groups, if they prosper, could end up significantly altering the work of any international group, mission agencies included. Work visas, the move of money, expat safety and security, and public perception of living and working in difficult places could all be affected by these kinds of activities.
How You Communicate Does Matter: A Simple Analysis of Email Subject Lines
Issue: Using the email subject line to attract attention to your email.
Relevance to Missions: Your email needs to stand out in the crowd so that people will read it, hear your vision, see your heart, pray for you, and fund your ministry.
My Opinion: It’s a smart move to learn from the research of others related to marketing and communication. God will honor it.