How does information travel in your community?
How do members of the community communicate with each other?
If you’re doing the work of a missionary, it’s vital that you understand how this works.
I’ve always thought of myself as a techie person. I read news online. I do my banking online. My whole world is backed up online. That’s why it’s been so surprising for me to realize that a small community paper here called the Journal Era is the information hub of the community.
As I’ve been meeting with leaders, more than one has told me, “If you want to get to know this community, you have to subscribe to the paper.” By the way, our largest regional paper is called the South Bend Tribune. I assume that many of the people in this area subscribe to this larger paper, but it’s only the Journal Era that carries news of local community events and announcements.
In this post, I asked the question of whether churches should be involved in political issues. In that post I detailed the situation that we recently found ourselves in. You see, a vote was to take place to determine if a performing arts center for the community should be built. After the proposal was voted down, I visited with our local superintendent for the public schools. I suggested to him that perhaps it was voted down because not enough people in the community knew about the vote that was to take place. He replied exasperatedly: “But it was advertised in the local paper for weeks!”
Many young people, including myself, don’t subscribe to newspapers, but I now see it as part of my responsibility to read the newspaper fully. This is how the leaders in this community communicate with each other, and whether I like the medium or not, I have to adapt myself to their system.
So how does information flow in your community? Do you have a community paper that covers local events?
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