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THINK

For a moment about how much money you spend in a year. How much do you spend at Christmas? How much do people spend on you? What do you buy? Why do you buy those things?

POVERTY FACTS

  • AIDS in Uganda was responsible for the deaths of 14,000 children each year and that an estimated 40 Ugandan children were being newly infected with HIV each day
  • 120 African children die of malaria each hour
  • 500 African children die each hour
  • 26,500 children die around the world each day

(A child in Washington DC is neglected or abused every hour)

IMAGINE

Imagine if the world we live in was shrunk so that the earth's population added up to only 100 people. What would the world look like? Let's find out..

There would be:
- 57 Asians
- 21 Europeans
- 14 from the Western Hemisphere, both North and South
- 8 Africans

- 52 would be female
- 48 would be male

- 70 would be non-white
- 30 would be white

- 6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and resources

- 6 would be from the United States
- 80 would live in sub-standard housing
- 70 would be unable to read
- 50 would suffer from malnutrition
- 1 would be near death
- 1 would be near birth
- 1 would have a university education
- 1 would have a computer

YOU ARE PRIVILEGED

If you woke up this morning healthy then you are more fortunate than the million in the world who will not survive this week

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pains of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world

If you have food in the fridge, clothes on your back and a roof over your head to sleep under, you are richer than 75 per cent of this world

If you or your family have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change in the house, you are among the top 8 per cent of the world's wealthy

REALITY

This is the reality of our world. There are more figures that should shock you. We have so much and yet our society says get more, grab more, make more money, more and more and yet it's never enough.. There are lyrics in a hip-hop song that says this:

"Man eats man and dog eats the dog, don't matter if we need it we just grab what we want. A life of contentment? Yeah, that's what they say - but money grabbing, power grabbing just ain't the way. There's another side of life that we need to take back, it's about putting others first and not taking back. But we're blinded by our selfishness, we choose not to see, reflecting on the world around the truth fades away.."

YOUR VALUE

What are your values? How can you help to make a change? Change is going to start with you and me. As Christians, we believe God put us in charge, to look after the world. The trouble is people rejected God, went their own way and have damaged the world. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. It's time to make a change..

"I’m a spit a flow about life, that’s right. Lock down to my words and keep it down rock tight. Too much strife in this life, people doing what they like. So it's time to make a change, we've gotta fight for what's right. Too many children dying, too many mothers sighing, too many people dying, cos we really ain't trying... To set the world straight, it's not too late, to spread peace and relate, not dissipate hate. Make a difference man, but you too busy with your life. Time to jacknife, turn over, re-learn and get it right... From your creed of selfish greed, you feed n breed, but see, believe, it’s like a disease. What goes around comes around, so man you better change, or the bling that you're stealing is gonna turn into your chains.."

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