2017 Survey Results

2017 Mullsjö Market Report

Between the hours of 9am to 3pm, many people visited the tents and engaged in discussions. For those who took part in the survey (92) there was a lottery where they could enter and win some sweets.

2017 Survey Results


Men                            35

Women                      53

Under 20                    21

20 -40                         11

41 - 60                        22

Over 60                     35

Question 1

Christianity has been a source of great hope for people for nearly 2000 years. Do you think this hope is still relevant?

☐Yes 74                          ☐No 17

Question 2

a) What hope do you have for the world today?

b) What hope do you have for yourself?

For answers to these questions see below.

Question 3

a) Have you ever wanted to be forgiven for something?

☐Yes  81                                  ☐No 9

b) Has anyone ever said, “I forgive you” to you?

☐Yes 71                                   ☐No 19

c) Have you ever said, “I forgive you” to someone else?

☐Yes 84                                   ☐No 6

Question 4

Jesus told his disciples to go out into the world and preach this gospel of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Luke 24:47

Do you think this gospel of forgiveness is still relevant in 2017 ?

☐Yes 77                                   ☐No 14

Question 2 compilation of comments

a) What hope do you have for the world today? and b) what hope do you have for yourself?

First of all we would like to say thankyou to all those people who answered the open survey questions. It clearly caused some people to think, even if that is not what they expected when they visited the market. Your comments are all appreciated.

There were many things worth commenting on in the responses, so they will be in the list below in no particular order.

1) The most common response to the  b) question was health for themselves. Something of a default answer that we can all agree with. It is of course a real issue that many deal with every day, and others fear for the future.

2) The most common answer to question a) was a split between those who hoped for peace in the world and had real hope for it, and those who saw no hope at all and stated that everything looks so dark and hopeless. This shows two sides of the same coin; two ways of responding to an uncertain world situation; one with hope and the other with despair. Some aiming to do whatever they could do to help other people cope, to be fulfilled and sucessful. Others focussed on endurance and survival, for the sake of the children.

3) Several hoped for tolerance and understanding, and also a better environment to live in.

4) Personal hopes ranged from generally being sucessful to being a missionary/evangelist, or a vet.

5) The hope of some rested firmly on eternal life, the return of Jesus Christ and God's care for his people. Although presented in different ways, the desire for peace and love between people, and the willingness to be part of making the world a better place was a common thread throughout the survey.

6) A hope that all religions would be united and people would become more tolerant recognises that many of the worlds problems are rooted in ideologies, some of thes have a religious base or at least a religious cover. All religions can be all wrong, but they can't be all right. From the Christian point of view, there is only one way to God; only one way to be saved.

"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12

7) Some hopes, such as hoping to be able to grow up in a family, are quite moving. Most of us take it for granted and we hope the same for whoever hopes for it.

8) Hopes for real democracy, preserving the forrests, and better education can be shared by most of us.

Some closing thoughts from the Bible:

For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion.  Ecclesiates 9:4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  1 Peter 1:3