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These are some statistics and verses to think about:
- According to the US census 17.8% of American children (13 million) live in poverty.
- Almost half of the world – nearly three billion people – live on less than two dollars a day. In 2005 we spent $600 million on ring tones.
- 1 John 4:8-10 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
- There are over 140 million orphans in the world today.
- James 1:27 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
- The dollar value of the food North Americans throw into the garbage each year equals about one-fifth of the total annual income of all the Christians in Africa.
- Matthew 25:35-40 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
- 1 John 4:12 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
- Every year AIDS kills over 2 million people world-wide. That’s more than 5,479 people per day. Over 3.8 people per minute.
- Luke 18:7-8 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
These are more than statistics. These statistics are about people. These are more than just verses, they are God’s Word. Think about that. We can’t simply think about these things, we must do something. What will we do?
Statistics provided by the Docent Research Group.
Did you know that there are more slaves in the world today than ever before (approximately 2o million)? Most of these slaves are labor and sex slaves. These are people, human beings, image bearers of God (many of whom are children) being bought and sold like merchandise. This terrible injustice even effects cities with suburban climates like Raleigh-Durham. On Saturday, August 13th, from 9:00am to 11:00am World Relief will be hosting an event to raise awareness of this tragedy. This event will be held at Church of the Good Shepherd in Durham. If you are interested in attending you can find more information on the World Relief Facebook page: World Relief on Facebook.
Here is an excerpt from that page:
Human trafficking is not just a problem overseas; it is a problem here. With 14,500 to 17,500 people being trafficked into the United States each year, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Where should I start? How can I help?
World Relief Durham invites you to come together with our community as we bring to light modern day slavery right here in the Triangle. We believe that taking the time to respond contemplatively is essential in taking action to put an end to human trafficking.
Join us as we hear from those working to put an end to human trafficking in our community and learn more about this issue. Following this discussion will be time for silent reflection or prayer as we respond to this injustice.
We encourage you to invite your friends, co-workers, and small groups to this free event. Please bring journals, sketch pads, and questions as we reflect and respond to human trafficking in our community.
Child care and refreshments will be provided (please rsvp for childcare by emailing email@example.com).
For more information on human trafficking and World Relief Durham’s work, please check out our website, www.wr.org/durham.