Prior to the creation of the internet, I remember when information was delivered during a set of broadcast times via the daily television news cast at ﬁve, six and ten pm, the hourly radio news report or the daily paper showing up on our driveways, rain, shine, snow or hail. While those forms of information exchange still exist today, the age of the internet has dramatically changed the way we stay connected.
TRM Ministries began its quest to INFORM, INSPIRE, EQUIP and ENGAGE 66 years ago, sharing the news via the “Life Line News”, a monthly newsletter typed on an old typewriter and printed on an in-house mimeograph machine. Today, the “Monthly Report” is a glossy six-page information sharing newsletter that attempts to bring a caring community up to speed on testimony of those helped, new initiatives, announcements and current trends regarding poverty, hunger, homelessness, trauma and human traﬃcking. Unfortunately, due to development time, printing and mailing realities, the news we wish to convey is 4-6 weeks old. In an era where news developments are broadcast in real or nearly real-time, six-week-old information can get lost in the sea of information overload.