Further to what I wrote last week about parachurch organisations, Tearfund released some very interesting analysis at the weekend about the impact of the church on local communities all around the world. You can read more about it at www.tearfund.org/thickofit
It really ties in with an article in The Times I blogged about a while ago, written by the atheist Matthew Paris which was subtitled
"Missionaries, not aid money, are the solution to Africa's biggest problem - the crushing passivity of the people's mindset". Or a recently published book titled "God is Back", written by an atheist and a catholic, which shows both humorously and analytically that despite the best efforts of Dawkins and the rest God is very much alive and kicking, and that in every human heart there is a God shaped
Not that God needs any of this. He's more than capable of defending himself and building his church, but it's good to read all this none the less.