This book tells of his call to the ministry/position which is a miracle in itself as well as the facts of our hurting world's poverty. He calls Christians to stop living in name only and act in accordance of what Jesus says to do, "Love God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself."
He lays out some interesting facts and statistics and then points out that sometimes statistics takes away the humanity within the numbers. He talked about a giving study conducted with three groups of people. The first group was given a picture of a girl, her name and told her horrible tale of suffering. The middle group was given statistics about suffering in the world and the same picture of the girl with her story. The third group was only given statistics. In a study of giving the first group with only a picture and the story gave more than the other two groups and the statistic only group gave the least amount.
Then right after that he gives a dreaded statistic: "26,575 children die every day of largely preventable causes related to their poverty." Can you imagine? 26,575 Gs die everyday. Go ahead list that number with the name of your children. Everyday, amazing, incredible and largely preventable. Here is something that is quite eye opening to me and I hope will be to you too:
If the human race were represented by a global village of just 100 people,
- 60 would be Asian
- 14 would be African
- 12 would be European
- 8 would be Latin American
- 5 would be American or Canadian
- 1 would be South Pacific
- 51 would be male; 49 female
- 82 would be non-white; 18 white
- 67 would be non-Christians; 33 would be Christians
But divide this same group up into "haves and have-nots" is more startling, "The average income in America is $38,611 per person or about $105 per day." Compare this 2.6 billion people live on less than $2 per day (40% of world's population), 1 billion live on less than $1 per day (15% of the world's population) and .3 billion live on $105 per day (US 4.5% of the world's population).
So what are we doing with our money? The economic downturn we are currently experiencing doesn't bring the poor mentioned above up in income per day no more than it brings the US down much in income per day. There is enough money in America that we can do the work God called us to and fill in the "hole" that is in our gospel so that all people can be whole.
"Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it."
"Well, why don't you ask Him?"
"Because I'm afraid He would ask me the same question." Anonymous