Magazine article The Christian Century

Briefly Noted

Magazine article The Christian Century

Briefly Noted

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* Samaritan's Purse, the Christian relief agency headed by evangelist Franklin Graham, has been cited by Smart Money magazine as the most efficient religious charity. The designation was based on the magazine's calculations of charities' program, fund-raising and savings ratios. Samaritan's Purse, based in Boone, North Carolina, had 1999 revenues of $109.7 million. It topped the list of religious charities, with 88.8 percent of its budget allocated to program activities, 3.7 percent of its public donations going to fund raising and 12 percent of donations retained for savings.

* The number of Mennonites continues to grow around the globe, with the Southern Hemisphere posting record numbers. The Mennonite and Brethren in Christ World Directory shows Africa with the largest growth, up from 322,000 in 1998 to 405,000 members. Membership in North America also increased from nearly 416,000 to nearly 444,000. The new figures show 1.2 million Mennonites and Brethren globally, up from 1,060,143 just two years ago. The directory's publishers say better recordkeeping among member churches may account for some of the growth. …

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