What if the headlines read that 19,000 Americans died of preventable causes in a particular country? The outcry would be profound. Experts would address what had happened, how it could have been averted, and why the preventable deaths were not prevented.
Now imagine that it was 19,000 children under the age of five that died of preventable causes such as lack of clean water, food, vaccinations, and medicine. This is what happened around the world yesterday and it did not make the news. It happened the day before and will happen again tomorrow. There is one child dying every 5 seconds every day. Why are we not hearing about this and where is the strong outcry to prevent such unnecessary deaths?
It is too many deaths and it appears too big an issue to resolve.
It is too far away and too easily tuned out.
The truth is that the numbers used to be 26,500 preventable deaths of children under the age of five occurring every day. That number has been lowered significantly over the past ten years. Relief agencies such as World Vision, Compassion International, Salvation Army, the Red Cross and many others are making a difference.
What can you do?
>Raise awareness in your community.
>Donate to organizations that are making a difference.
>Sponsor a child with monthly giving through an organization.
>Give a $25 micro-loan through an organization.
>Pray that your heart would break with the things that break the Lord's heart.
1 Timothy 6:18-19 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.