Monday, December 22, 2008

The 5 Posts for Christmas... When I was Hungry

Since this is the season of giving, I decided to give a daily post between now and Christmas.  Since it's 22nd, I will do two for one today.   Each post will be about 5 sheep acts of Matthew 25 and the current condition in the world.  

Ten Sobering facts...
1. Half the world lives on less than $2 a day.  One on four lives on less than a $1 a day.  The cost of food consumes 50-80% of this daily income for the 3 billion living in extreme poverty.

2.More than 840 million people in the world are malnourished — 799 million of them live in the developing world.

3. More than 153 million of the world's malnourished people are children under the age of 5.

4. Half of all children in South Asia under the age 5 and 1/3 of those in sub-Sahara Africa are malnourished.

5. Six million children under the age of 5 die every year as a result of hunger.

6. While every country in the world has the potential of growing enough food to feed itself, 54 nations currently do not produce enough food to feed their populations, nor can they afford to import the necessary commodities to make up the gap. Most of these nations are in Sub-Sahara Africa.

7. Almost a billion souls will go to bed hungry tonight.

8. 146 million children under age 5 are underweight.

9. Ten million children under age 5 die every year, over half of hunger-related causes.

10.  3/4 of all deaths in children under age 5 in the developing world are caused by malnutrition or related diseases.

"Then the King will say... for when I was hungry you gave me something to eat... Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you... the King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"

Three ways to give Jesus a gift...

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