I just finished reading The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision. It’s not a complete connection with Bible translation, but the book was an EXCELLENT example of what passion for the lost and least of these should look like. It has further compelled me to support Bible translation to address the spiritual needs of the world AND encouraged me to continue to support child sponsorship around the world. The physical and spiritual needs of the lost were addressed by Christ. I want to find that balance myself so that I can holisitically embrace the good news of Christ.
In one section of the book, Stearns helps us understand how the 6.7 billion people on earth actually break down:
Imagine that all…people on earth could be represented by a single ‘global village’ of just 100 people. If we picture this, we can more easily comprehend the different proportions we find across the world in terms of race, ethnicity, and gender. Here’s a snapshot…
Out of 100 people:
60 would be Asian
14 would be African
12 would be European
8 would be Latin American
5 would be American or Canadian
1 would be from the South Pacific
51 would be male; 49 would be female
82 would be non-white; 18 white
67 would be non-Christian; 33 would be Christian
Stearns’ point? Our world is largely non-white and non-Christian. Yet, as we know and have sometimes been hit over the head with, the average American income is $105 a day (4.5% of the world population). Whereas, 55% of the world’s population live on less than $2 a day.
What does that mean? For me, I’m praying about how my resources, though limited, can best be used for His Kingdom today. I want to see God’s Word spread and people’s lives saved so they too can become disciples, glorifying God in their lives. Please pray and consider how you can join the translation work.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. II Corinthians 8:9