Statistics that every American needs to know…

  • There are about 6 billion people in the world today
  • More than 1 billion (17%) live on less than $1 per day
  • 50% live on less than $2 per day
  • 840 million (14%) live with chronic hunger
  • 11 million children, most under the age of 5, die each year from completely preventable causes such as malaria, diarhhea, and pneumonia
  • Average life expectancy in the world is 55 years
  • 114 million children do not attend primary school
  • 584 million women are illiterate
  • More than 1 billion do not have access to safe drinking water
  • More than 2 billion lack access to proper sanitation
  • There are over 145 million orphaned children in the world today

(taken from UNICEF web site)

I think that we in America and the western world need to be reminded often of such staggering numbers.  It is so easy to forget that the majority of the world does not live at all like America.  isn’t it just so easy for us to get caught up in our own little world that we forget how much global suffering is really all around us?

I believe that God has sovereignly blessed American people with great wealth and resources…but not so that we can lavish it all upon ourselves, but rather so that we could be used as His instrument to serve the poor in the world.  May each of us be found faithful…