Total incoming mail for the first six months of 2007 stands at just over 9,000 pieces. That's about 8 percent more than the same period in 2006. Nearly half of all the mail received this year is via the Internet and e-mail.
All the incoming mail is resulting in a lot of outgoing mail. From January to June of this year UCG—Canada distributed nearly 97,000 items. That works out to 16,135 items per month or about 535 items per day. ("Items" include magazines, periodicals, booklets, article reprints, study papers, letters, CDs and DVDs.)
Sabbath attendance is about 2.8 percent higher than last year at this time. On the other hand, Holy Day attendance is down slightly from last year, even though a record 716 attended Pentecost services across Canada this year.
Canadian income for the first three months of the new fiscal year is ahead of budget, as are the Holy Day offerings.
The responses to the Beyond Today television program continue to come in. We're now approaching 2,000 responses in total since the program began airing in Canada in May 2006. The average number of responses is just under 33 per program. About 72 percent of all the responses have come from new viewers, with the balance coming from those already on file.
The Canadian office staff have been working on the next semiannual letter to be sent to about 7,000 readers of The Good News.
Longer-term plans include working on the upcoming advertisement in Reader's Digest. The ad is planned for the November issue.
We are heading for a record-breaking year in many areas, and your continued prayers for the success of the various projects we're doing are greatly appreciated.