World evangelism statistics: What would our world look like?
Raw population statistics overwhelm you. Here's one way of visualizing the world and its economic, housing, health, religious and educational needs:
Shrink the earth's population to one village of exactly 100 people. Apply the earth's racial, economic and other ratios to these 100 people. Here's how this village would look:
- Source: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, "World Population Prospects: The 2000 Revision."
- Sex / Gender:
- 50 would be female
- 50 would be male
- Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census International Data Base, Table 094 : Midyear Population by Age and Sex 2001.
- Skin color
- 80 would be non-white
- 20 would be white
- Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census International Data Base, Table 001 : Total Midyear Population 2001, assuming the populations of South America, Asia, and Africa are "non-white" and those of North America, Europe, and Oceania are "white."
- 67 would be non-Christian
- 33 would label themselves as "Christian"
- Source: Britannica Book of the Year 1999, "Religious Population of the World, 1998," reprinted at infoplease.com , using numbers from the "Christians" heading only for the Christian percentage.
- 20 people would be receiving almost 90% of the village's total income
- Source: The International Herald Tribune, February 5, 1999, cited in the World Income Inequality table.
- 25 would live in substandard housing
- Source: Habitat for Humanity International, "Why Habitat is Needed."
- 17 would not be able to read at all
- Source: UNICEF, "The State of the World's Children 1999."
- 13 would be malnourished
- Source: UN Food and Agriculture Organization report, cited at OBGYN.net.
- Life and death
- 1 would die within the year
- 2 would give birth within the year
- Source: U.S. Census Bureau, World Vital Events Per Time Unit 2001.
- 2 would have a college education
- Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics, World Education Indicators, Gross Enrollment Ratio by Sex.
- 4 would own a computer
- Source: UN Human Development Indicators, "Access to Information and Communications 1995."
Research by Rekha Balu, Christine Engelken, and Jennifer Grosso.
This list is not presented to cause guilt; it is simply the picture of reality.
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