Monthly News Roundup (12.23.21)

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This is the last episode for the month of December – time for our monthly news roundup. In this episode, we’ll be talking about the recent tornadoes in Kentucky, a baby who set the world record for the most premature infant to survive, and an increasing number of people turning to the Bible in 2021.

STORY #1 – Kentucky Death Toll from Tornadoes Increases to 77

“Kentucky’s death toll from a line of tornadoes that tore through the state has increased to 77…”

“More than 1,300 state workers and National Guard members have been mobilized to areas hit by the storms, which cut a 200-mile (322-kilometer) path through Kentucky alone. The National Weather Service recorded at least 41 tornadoes, including 16 in Tennessee and eight in Kentucky.” (AP News)

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STORY #2 – Alabama Boy Sets World Record for Most Premature Infant to Survive

“Guinness World Records on Wednesday announced that an Alabama boy has set the record for the most premature baby to survive.

“Curtis Means, who is now 16 months old, was born 132 days — almost 19 weeks — premature on July 5, 2020 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). At birth, he weighed less than a pound (14.8 ounces).

“The boy had a twin who did not survive the birth, which took place when the mother was 21 weeks and one day pregnant.”

“Curtis, with the help of a ventilator, was discharged on April 6 after 275 days in the hospital.” (The Hill)

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STORY #3 – 2021 Continued to Drive More Readers to Scripture

“Last year people turned to Scripture in record-setting numbers, and Bible engagement remained high throughout 2021. This month, BibleGateway and YouVersion released their 2021 year-in-review reports, revealing top verses and trends on these digital Bible platforms.

“Although some of the challenges of 2021 have been different from the difficulties of 2020 and life seems to be returning to the pre-pandemic norm in some places, people are still walking through difficult circumstances. Many continue to turn to Scripture more frequently now than before the COVID-19 pandemic began last year.”

“Beginning in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic, Bible engagement on YouVersion increased by 10% and continued to rise in the following weeks. In 2021, Monday through Saturday engagement was still up by 24% compared to pre-pandemic levels.” (Lifeway Research)

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