Some time ago I was reading Phill Butler's book, Well Connected: Releasing Power, Restoring Hope through Kingdom Partnerships, and discovered this interesting illustration of what the world would look like if it was a village of just 100 people.
If we kept the demographics the same, but compressed the entire world into a village of 100 people, this is how the "village" would look:
• 57 would be Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 would be from North and South America, and 8 would be African.
• 70 would be non-white, 30 white.
• 70 would be non-Christian; 30 Christian
• 50% of the wealth would be in the hands of 6 people, all of whom would be Americans.
• 70 would be non-literate or functionally illiterate.
• 50 would suffer from malnutrition.
• 80 would live in substandard housing.
• 1 would have a full college education.
Phill challenged the readers of his book to consider forming partnerships with others to deal with the vast numbers in the world who are have little education, inadequate housing or food, little hope for education, no access to wealth creation and few chances to consider who Jesus Christ is.
The church I serve as pastor is determined to do something about some of these issues, especially in the lives of orphans. We are currently focusing on Haiti, though we have interest in Ethiopia as well. Most of this effort is driven by young adults, who really believe they can change the world with the help of Almighty God. Check out their facebook page and join them in changing what our "world village" looks like.