January 1, 2007

History of the blog

The 12:2 Times was originally published in May 2005 as our newsletters during our time in China from August 2005-June 2006. The title originates from Romans and is explained more in our first issue:
The newsletter of Jeremy and M’Lynn debuts under the title “12:2 TIMES.” The title for our newsletter originates from the verse we have adopted, Romans 12:2, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” ... We decided to “not conform to the pattern of this world” ... and instead chose sometime completely out of this world. We decided to live in China and teach English for 10 months, no matter how foreign it may seem. ... We believe teaching in China will transform and renew our minds by experiencing a new culture and customs, as well as meeting many new people.

The 12:2 Times was not published from July 2006 until it was reintroduced as an email newsletter in May 2007 as a way to continue our communication with all those who supported us during our first year in China. Below is an excerpt from the first e-newsletter:

…to the first 12:2 Times E-News. While in China, we enjoyed keeping in touch with family and friends and sharing updates about what we’ve been up. One goal we both had when we returned from China was to be intentional about building and keeping relationships. Deciding to take this goal seriously, why can’t we continue to share updates, photos, joys, and concerns in the states? There is no reason for us not to!! So we hope you enjoy this and we look forward to hearing from each one of you!

The 12:2 Times was published until July 2007. During this time several attempts were made to publish on online version of the newsletter. In August 2007 the 12:2 Times became the “TwelveTwoTimes” and was published online. In April 2008 the website evolved in the blog you see today.

Currently the TwelveTwoTimes is published once per month as an email newsletter and the website is updated periodically. We will continue to update the TwelveTwoTimes to involve more and more people in the task of reaching those who have not yet heard.

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