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Facts of Interest

 

 

If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following:

 

There would be:

57 Asians

21 Europeans

14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south

8 Africans

 

52 would be female

48 would be male

 

70 would be non-white

30 would be white

 

70 would be non-Christian

30 would be Christian

 

6 people would possess 59% of the entire world’s wealth and all 6 would be from the United States

 

80 would live in substandard housing

70 would be unable to read

50 would suffer from malnutrition

1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth

 

1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education

1 would own a computer

 

When one considers our world from such a com­pressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understand­ing and education becomes glaringly apparent.

 

The following is also something to ponder....

 

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness…you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

 

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation…you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

 

If you attend a church meeting without fear of harass­ment, arrest, torture or death…you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

 

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep...you are richer than 75% of this world.

 

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace... you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

 

If your parents are still alive and still married…you are very rare, even in the United States and Canada.

 

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

 

Submitted by Alice Schelling, instructor at Plymouth Christian
Elementary School, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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