I’m writing a short series entitled, Fight Poverty, this week. Here’s Part II: A Broken World and Part III: A Vision for Compassion and Redistribution.
These past couple years and especially recent months, my wife, Minhee and I have been challenged and convicted to do our part to stand against the injustices of poverty around the world. As I share this short series, we’ll reveal a small glimpse of our conviction and the vision that we have to work with fellow humans to eradicate extreme poverty around the world. We aspire to do a beta-launch of the non-profit in Spring 2008 and utilize our sabbatical during Summer 2008 to engage more deeply in this vision.
It’s a crazy vision and idea. Crazy enough that couple of the folks that I’ve shared this vision to expressed temptation to let go of everything in order to join in.
Some of you may laugh and be tempted to unsubscribe to this blog.
But no one should be laughing at what takes place every day around the world. You want to know what’s crazy? This is crazy:
Around the world, 27–30,000 children die every day.
That is equivalent to:
- 1 child dying every 3 seconds
- 20 children dying every minute
- A 2004 Asian Tsunami occurring almost every week
- 10–11 million children dying every year
- Over 50 million children dying between 2000 and 2005
I’ll be sharing more statistics in the coming days that depict the broken, depraved, and painful world that we live in. Sadly, I am part of the problem if I’m not willing to be part of the solution. Check out the song and video below entitled, World on Fire, by Sarah McLachlan. I first saw this several years ago and it still both inspires and haunts me…