We have hit the one week mark of our 31 days of compassion. Did you join us yesterday to quiz yourself about global poverty? If not, you can still participate here.
Now that we have gotten our feet wet with a 10-question quiz, you may have more questions or want to dive into the facts even further. Today is your chance to do just that. Ask those tough and nagging questions. See the statistics for yourself. Share the statistics with others, and commit to act in response to what you discover.
Who doesn’t enjoy a treasure hunt?
We want to take you on a treasure hunt. Find the answers to the questions shown below, and challenge your friends to help you! Choose or invite friends to each find the answers to 1-2 questions, or think of your own creative way to get others involved. As you complete the treasure hunt, remember that beyond the many numbers, there are people—real people with faces and names. In fact, the Lord knows the number of hairs on their heads (Luke 12:7). As you learn more about global poverty today, please do not close your eyes to the reality of these beautiful people and do not let the statistics overwhelm you. These statistics show despair, but you can show the hope and love of Christ. The first step to showing compassion is to learn the facts.
Treasure hunt questions
• Approximately how many children die each day as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation?
• Diarrheal diseases can be reduced by more than _____ percent through _____.
• _______ are the second biggest killer of children worldwide
• How many people worldwide are infected with HIV each day?
• If all the world’s water could fit in an average bucket, how much would be drinkable?
• How many people are born worldwide every second, and in that time how many deaths occur?
• True/false: The average person in the developed world uses 13 gallons of water per day for toilet flushing.
• In the least developed countries, _____ percent of all children are engaged in child labor.
• How many people die of AIDS each day?
• True/false: 1 person in 10 battles hunger every day.
• Annually, how many children worldwide begin life with no identity?
• Approximately how many children ages 5-14 are involved in child labor in developing countries?
• How many children under age 5 die each year? How many of these deaths are preventable?
• What is one of the major public health challenges undermining development in the poorest countries in the world?
To find the answers to your treasure hunt questions, go here. Once you have completed the treasure hunt, please leave the question and answer that impacted you the most in the comments. We would also love to know how you invited your friends to join you! May this activity prompt each of us to desire change, and in response to that desire we will do our part to make a difference. Tomorrow, we will learn how we can pray with a clear focus for the needs of children living in poverty.