Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
"Become imitators of me, even as I am of Christ."
(1 Corinthians 11:1)
The apostle Paul imitated the greatest Missionary, Jesus Christ. Paul also urged his fellow Christians to imitate him in the same way that he imitated Christ. After Jesus gave his apostles an object lesson in humility by humbly washing their feet, he told them: “I set the pattern for you, that, just as I did to you, you should do also.” (John 13:12-15) As present-day Christians, we have an obligation to imitate Jesus Christ in our words and deeds and in the qualities we display. (1 Peter 2:21) A missionary is one who is sent as an evangelizer—one who brings good news to others. Even if you have not been appointed and sent forth to serve as a missionary in a foreign assignment, you can have the evangelizing spirit, imitating Jesus as a zealous proclaimer of the good news. In 2007, 6,957,854 Kingdom publishers ‘did the work of evangelizers’ in 236 lands.—2 Timothy 4:5.
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 4:1, 2)
*Here's some stats from the 2008 service year:
the number of Kingdom publishers increased to 7,124,443.
I also noticed a much bigger increase in the amount of Bible studies. In 2007 there were less Bible studies being conducted than the total number of publishers world wide. But in 2008 the number of Bible studies being conducted rose to: 7,133,760 -which actually exceeded the total number of publishers. And the Memorial attendance for 2008 was 17,790,631.