Here’s a little bit about your world.

There are 7 billion people in the world today, and 2 billion have never heard the life-saving message of the gospel. When numbers reach into the billions, they seem to lose meaning; they are simply too big.

However, if we shrink the world’s population down to a village of 100 people, perhaps we can start to make sense of the dire needs that crush the global population, and more importantly we can be moved to pray for people who, without Christ, have little hope, peace, joy, or opportunity for salvation.

Picture the world as a village of 100 people.

If The World Were 100 People | GOOD Data

When you shrink the world's population down to 100 people, this is what you get:

Posted by GOOD on Monday, March 14, 2016

6 people (all U.S citizens) own 58% of the wealth.
74 people own 39% of the wealth.
20 people own the other 2%.
1 person controls 50% of all the money!

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.
15 people are undernourished, 21 are overweight, and 1 dies of starvation.
13 people have no clean drinking water.
56 people have no access to sanitation, and 80 live in substandard housing.
1 person has AIDS, and 1 has a university degree.
7 people have computers, and 14 are illiterate.
44 people have internet. 56 do not.
48 people cannot speak freely of their religious faith.

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Even when the numbers are shrunk to understandable figures, the global issues and problems can seem insurmountable. But when we feel as if there is nothing we can do to help the world, we need to remember that Christ was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, sacrificed his own body and blood for every person, and rose victorious over sin, death, and hell.

It is this very same Jesus who said in John 14:12, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father.”

What great works and service can we do when all seems too vast and complex? We can PRAY for a world that desperately needs Christ and his salvation, remembering that the Christ who conquered death takes our prayers to the Master of the Universe.

David Platt says, “We have disseminated a version of Christianity that is far from Christ, and a version of the gospel that is far from true. We have customized Christianity to fit our preferences and our traditions, and we have twisted the gospel to accommodate our thoughts and our opinions.”


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David Joannes
Founder/President at Within Reach Global
David Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.
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