Here are some STAGGERING statistics that I got from World Challenge.
That is David Wilkerson's Ministry so you know they are accurate.
6,571,497,332 people now live on Earth
1,200,000,000 people now live on 23 cents a day
2,000,000,000 people have no electricity
80% of all people live in substandard housing
1,000,000,000 people are without safe drinking water
Every 16 seconds someone dies from hunger
57,000,000 people died in 2006
10,5000,000 of these were children less than 5 years old
14,000,000 of these were orphaned because of HIV/AIDS
2,000,000 children have died as a direct result of armed
conflict in the last ten years.
$8,000,000,000.00 were spent on cosmetics in America in 2005
$11,000,000,000.00 for ice cream in Europe
$17,000,000,000.00 in the USA and Europe on pet food
$105,000,000,000.00 for alcohol in Europe
Ugh......I'm so convicted by these figures, and I think we are in big trouble as people and as nations when there is such dire need out there in our world and we lavish such huge luxuries on ourselves.
I really believe we can do better as people and nations as far as tackling some of these strong issues and maybe not eating so much ice cream or putting on so much eye shadow.
What's a "life" worth to you and I?