You think you have it tough? I recently came across these figures on a site that encourages people to pray for various countries in the world. (Visit the site--it’s well worth the time.) All of us are aware of some of the injustice around the world, but these figures brought it home to me…
Picture the world as a village of 100 people.
- Six people (all U.S citizens) own 58% of the wealth
- 74 people own 39% of the wealth
- 20 people own the other 2% of the wealth. If you have a bank account (with any amount) you are among the richest 30 people
- 18 people struggle to live on $1 USD per day
- 53 people struggle to live on $2 USD per day
- 20 people are undernourished
- 15 are overweight
- One dies of starvation
- 20 people have no clean drinking water
- 56 people have no access to sanitation
- 80 live in substandard housing
- One person has AIDS
- One has a university degree
- Seven people have computers
- 67 are illiterate
- 48 people cannot speak freely of their religious faith
Of the 6.5 billion people in the world, 2 billion have never heard the Gospel.
In the light of this, how should we then live?