Over on the side bar, I’ve linked to an article about Russia’s–indeed, Eastern Europe’s–indeed, all of Europe’s-abysmally low birth rates. This is bad in itself, of course.
Is it also bad for missionary work? A cousin and a handful of friends of mine served their missions in Russia. They did not convert many souls. In fact, their missions sounded a lot like mine, in Spain. The main difference was that while my mission in Spain was only slightly impoverished, theirs in Russia were very much so.
This contradicts the conventional wisdom, that the work of conversion goes best in poor countries. I wonder if, in truth, the work of conversion goes best in fertile countries? Tell me what you think. Why would people in fertile countries be more likely to convert? How does this square with the conventional wisdom that most converts to the church aren’t whole families with children?