The Global Crisis

When reading and considering the statistics we have posted below, we want you to be aware that we realize statistics are imprecise so many times.  With serious issues like the ones we’ve listed, it is most often difficult to know exact numbers since they are so large and so overwhelming.  The reality will likely remain that, when dealing with issues such as these, the best numbers anyone has are just best guesses.

Statistics are just numbers, but each statistics represent real people.  Behind the numbers are boys and girls, men and women who have been created and loved by God.  Many times when confronted with such eye opening statistics, the common tendency for many people is to be overwhelmed so much so that it causes some to be paralyzed into non-action.  We may wonder with such daunting numbers, “What difference can anyone really make?”

However, the absolute truth is you can make a difference.  In the midst of an ocean of statistics everywhere you look, ultimately, there is only one statistic that matters.  It only takes a single person to make a lifelong and eternal difference in the life of someone in need of Hope and healing.  May you be one who will say yes to God and use your life to be a part of bringing Hope and healing to the least of these.

 

Hope Crisis

In the midst of the countless needs and tragedies ongoing in our world today, we must never forget the greatest crisis we face in our world is the Hope and healing billions are living without.  There is no shortage of hopelessness, and we must address this issue first and foremost, always sharing the hope that is found only in Jesus.   Jesus gave the command in Matthew 28…we are to make disciples of all nations.  So, while there is an orphan, poverty, disease, and a hunger crisis happening all around us at this very moment, the one crisis we must always meet head on is the crisis of hopelessness our entire world is in the midst of.

Current Worldwide Population:                                             7 Billion

Current Worldwide “Professing” Followers of Jesus:            2 Billion

Current Worldwide Living Without the Hope of Jesus:         5 Billion

 

Poverty Crisis

Almost one billion (1,000,000,000) people around the world are forced to survive on less than $1 per day ($365/year), and three billion (40% of the world) survive on less than $2 per day ($730/year).

The poorest 40% of the world accounts for only 5% of global income, while the wealthiest 20% account for 75% of global income.

Approximately 1.6 billion people do no have access to electricity.

884 million do not have access to clean water.

There are approximately 2.2 billion children worldwide with 1 billion of them living in poverty.

640 million children live without adequate shelter, with more than 100 million of those being considered as “street children”.

*Statistics provide by: World Health Organization (WHO), Unicef, CDC

 

Orphan Crisis

Total estimated number of orphans worldwide:  163 million

Estimated number that have lost a mother:  55.3 million

Estimated number that have lost a father:  126 million

Estimated number of “double orphans”:  18.3 million

*Statistics provide by: World Health Organization (WHO), Unicef, CDC

 

Health Crisis

1.7 million children under the age of five died from vaccine-preventable diseases in 2008.

One of every 12 children die before turning five years old.

Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria.

Measles, diarrhea, and malaria are all preventable or treatable, yet are three of the biggest causes of death among children worldwide.

An average of 1 million die each year from malaria.

91% of malaria deaths occur in Africa, and 1 in 5 (20%) of childhood deaths are a result of the disease.

In developing countries, one in every six infants is not immunized against tuberculosis.

Each year, approximately 1.5 million deaths occur among young children due to diarrheal related issues.

Acute respiratory infections annually kill an estimated 2 million children under the age of five.

15 million children have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS.

Every day, over 7,000 persons became infected with HIV and about 5,000 people died from AIDS, mostly because of inadequate access to HIV prevention care and treatment services.

*Statistics provide by: World Health Organization (WHO), Unicef, Malaria No More, CDC

 

Hunger Crisis

Hunger is the world’s #1 health risk.

1 in 7 people worldwide (850-900 million people) do not have enough food to sustain them.

There are more hungry people in the world than the combined populations of the United States, Canada, and the entire European Union.

Women make up over a little over 50% of the world’s population, yet they account for 60% of the world’s hungry.

25% of all children living in developing countries are underweight and at risk of the long-term effects of malnourishment.

At least 25,000 people die each day of hunger related causes—about 9 million people every year.

More than 160 million children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition and hunger.

925 million people do not have enough to eat, and an estimated 98% of those live in developing countries.

Approximately 11 million children under the age of five die in developing countries every year, with malnutrition and hunger related diseases causing an estimated 60% of those deaths.

Statistics provided by:  World Food Programme, United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO), and Unicef.