About the Author:
A lifetime Catholic, Joe spent several years living and working in a large inner city parish in Newark, New Jersey. Currently living in western New Jersey, he is married and has five grown children as well as a growing number of lovely grandchildren. He is retired from a career in the building trades, working first as a civil engineer and then as the owner of a small residential home improvement company. These days, with more time on his hands, he enjoys working on his writing projects.
About this blog:
The gospel is a treasure worth sharing, and I’ve decided to get involved and do my part.
I’ve taken a map of New Jersey and divided it up into a grid. My aim is to select an entire postal route (about 300 addresses+/-) in each grid block, and then mail a copy of the gospel to each one of those addresses.
That works out to about 65,000 copies of the gospel that I hope to mail out to individual addresses in the state of New Jersey, using the US Postal Service’s direct mail program.
Why focus on New Jersey?
First of all I live in New Jersey, so it makes perfect sense.
But more importantly, New Jersey is a hub of world culture. I may not be able to go out to all the world, but fortunately God has brought the whole world to New Jersey.
Wikipedia says this about New Jersey:
New Jersey is one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse states in the United States. As of 2011, 56.4% of New Jersey’s children under the age of one belonged to racial or ethnic minority groups, meaning that they had at least one parent who was not non-Hispanic white. The state has the second largest Jewish population by percentage (after New York); the second largest Muslim population by percentage (after Michigan); the largest population of Peruvianss in the United States; the largest population of Cubans outside of Florida; the third highest Asian population by percentage; and the second highest Italian population, according to the 2000 Census. African Americans, Hispanics (Puerto Ricans and Dominicans), West Indians, Arabs, and Brazilian and Portuguese Americans are also high in number. New Jersey has the third highest Asian Indian population of any state by absolute numbers and the highest by percentage, with Bergen County home to America’s largest Malayali community. Overall, New Jersey has the third largest Korean population, with Bergen County home to the highest Korean concentration per capita of any U.S. county (6.9% in 2011). New Jersey also has the fourth largest Filipino population, and fourth largest Chinese population, per the 2010 U.S. Census. The five largest ethnic groups in 2000 were: Italian (17.9%), Irish (15.9%), African (13.6%), German (12.6%), Polish (6.9%).
I believe that quality results can be expected through the distribution of individual copies of the gospel to a broad spectrum of people.
Or to put that a different way,
“The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest”
- My rational for undertaking this blog is explained in these short posts: Mixing Metaphors, Farming The Land, Political Baby Steps, and The Power To Govern.