There is great value in connecting our worldly experience to our spiritual experience

Deacon Lori Schultz reviews the book Already Gone by Ken Ham (Master Books, 2009,,6131,224.aspx)

 “If you look around in your church today, two-thirds of the young people who are sitting among us have already left in their hearts; soon they will be gone for good.”

Ken Ham (founder and president of Answers in Genesis) and Britt Beemer (founder of America’s Research Group, a behavioural research and strategic marketing firm), along with Todd Hillard (published author of young-adult books), teamed up to do some specific, critical research that has led them to make such an emotionally charged statement. Beemer surveyed 1000 twenty-something young adults who, as children, regularly attended Bible-based, Bible-preaching congregations, but who are no longer attending church. In their book, Already Gone: Why Your Kids Will Quit Church and What You Can Do To Stop It, Ham examines the research and makes some startling conclusions as to why these young people have left the church. He also draws some interesting inferences on how to stop the mass exodus that we, the Church, are experiencing in North America and deduces what might be done to bring them back into the fold.
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This may be one of the most important books we read on the subject of youth in our churches

Judith Burns reviews the book Already Gone by Ken Ham (Master Books, 2009,,6131,224.aspx)

One of the more challenging books I have read this year concerns one of our grand traditions—Sunday school.  Already Gone: Why Your Kids Will Quit Church and What You Can Do To Stop It, by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer with Todd Hillard, asserts that two-thirds of youth in our churches will be gone from the pews by the time they hit 20.
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Take shared responsibility for finding solutions

Rev. Terry Defoe reviews the book Already Gone by Ken Ham (Master Books, 2009,,6131,224.aspx)

Already Gone, by well-known Christian leader Ken Ham, argues that the next generation of church members—that is, our children and young people—is already calling it quits on the church. Two- thirds of the young people who are sitting in the pews have already left—in their hearts—and soon, says Ham, they’ll be gone for good. Already Gone is based on the responses of 1000 twenty-somethings, young people raised in the church but no longer attending. The research sought to determine reasons for their inactivity. Based on the findings, Ham argues that Christian churches are losing their kids in elementary, middle school and high school rather than in college, and something he calls the “Sunday school syndrome” is contributing to the problem.
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Our trip to Haiti was a trip of firsts

(Editor’s note: In the following letter, Howard Bogusat, a member of the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society (HLMS) and Christ Lutheran Church, St. Catharines, Ontario, writes about his recent experiences in the earthquake-ravaged nation of Haiti. Howard and his brother Wally (Grace Lutheran, St. Catharines, Ontario) travelled to Haiti for the dedication of a church in Poto, financed by the HLMS and located outside Gonaives, north of Port-au-Prince. Lynnette Tobin, a member of AIDS Niagara, joined the Bogusats and gave several presentations on AIDS. All three are safe and back home in southern Ontario.

Hello to all those who were thinking of us and praying for our safe return. As much as I hate winter, the recent earthquake was not exactly what I had in mind. Our trip to Haiti was a trip of firsts: our first earthquake experience and our first ride aboard a C-17 U.S. air force transport. 

First earthquake experience

We were in an SUV near Pastor Thomas Bernard’s church in Petionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, when the earthquake hit January 12. (Bernard was one of the first pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH) and studied at Fort Wayne, Ind.) The ground shook, winds blew dust all around, and trees shook like dogs shaking off water. We were on a grade right beside a strong wall, which did not come down. A guy in the back of the SUV shouted at the driver, “allez, allez,” which means “go, go,” and we travelled a few blocks to the church. At the time, we did not realize the gravity of the situation because we had not actually seen anything fall. 
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