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Missions 101

Look Past the Glitz and See the Reality

Dec. 4, 2015By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

Do you have a romanticized view of the United States:

  • 15% of Americans use food stamps
  • 30% of Americans are obese
  • 11% of Americans take antidepressants (which is only a third of people with symptoms of severe depression)
  • 15% of Americans live below the poverty line
  • The US has the highest mortality rate among 10-24 year olds per 100,000 population (2009 Data)
  • The US has the highest mortality rate due to murder among 10-24 year olds per 100,000 population (2009 Data)
  • The US ranks 21st (tied with 9 other countries) in IQ rates
  • The US ranks 33rd is reading scores, 27th in math scores, 22nd in science scores
  • The US ranks 1st in prison population per 100,000 people (2007) 

From: OECD, Business Week

Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International.  As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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