For Elders and Missions Committees
Lesson 9: RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT
A. THE STATE OF THE WORLD
1. World population = 5.75 billion (1995)
a. Africa = 10% (575 million)
b. Asia = 61% (3.5 billion)
c. Europe = 9% (518 million)
d. Mid. East = 6% (345 million)
e. N. America = 5% (287 million)
f. L. America = 8% (400 million)
2. Income: Half world's population lives on less than $300 per year.
3. Oppression: In many countries, 3% of pop. controls 80% of the land.
4. Consumption worldwide: Twenty percent of the world=s population consumes 80% of the world=s natural resources.
5. Water supply: Eighty percent of the world's disease comes from contaminated water. Thirty percent earth's rural peoples do not have access to clean water.
6. Child mortality: Each year 13 million children under the age of 5 die, 5 million from dehydration caused by diarrhea, and the rest from preventable infectious diseases and respiratory illnesses. In Afghanistan, 40% of the children die before their 5th birthday.
7. Street children: Approximately 145-200 million worldwide live on the streets; 4.5 million in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo alone.
8. Malnutrition: The World Health Organization recommends a minimum of 2400 calories per day proper nourishment. In India 10% of the population receive no more than 1500 calories per day; another 20% get only 1300 calories per day.
9. Doctors per capita
a. America = 1:410.
b. Kenya = 1:7400
c. Ghana = 1:22,000
d. Ethiopia = 1:36,000
e. Mozambique = 1:143,000
10. Faith in the world:
a. Muslims = 20%
b. Eastern = 30%
c. Tribal = 15%
d. atheists = 10%
e. Christian = 25%
11. Missionaries/full-time church workers: about 600:1.7 million (1:3000)
B. HOW DO WE RESPOND? COMPARING PRINCIPLES
C. FOUR DIMENSIONS OF CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENT MINISTRY
*motivated by God's mission to reconcile all things to Himself
*facilitated through the church as the "healing community"
*integrated vertically with all other types of ministry
*infused with wisdom and power from above
*goal is transformation on deepest level of being
*aims at worldview change as key to transformation
*attacks root causes, especially sin, not just symptoms
*broad holistic agenda
*focuses on a few but with intent to impact everyone
*decentralized organization spreads ownership
*participatory leadership empowers more people
*begins with the end in mind
*long-term objectives include establishing a church that will serve as agent of reconciliation until the Lord comes
*inclined against short-sighted use of outside funds
*concern for appropriate scale with
sustainability in mind
*sustainability balanced by sense of global responsibility and stewardship
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