My brother just sent me this article about the rise in child sacrifices in Uganda due to increasing reliance on witchcraft and a time of famine. Wow. To say that we are numb to the world’s problems is an understatement.
My dad then sent me a blog link which listed some sobering statistics about the state our children live in worldwide. I think of all of the reasons I may, down the road, think we cannot adopt an additional child: our town’s school system is inferior to the expensive private school systems; we don’t have a big enough house; it may change our standard of living. Then I read these numbers — precious children — and I pray that God would open our eyes to what REALLY matters, and that any decision we make will always be based on His standards. Read the below list with a prayerful heart, and we just might learn to feel for the world God created. (for the full blog, click here.)
- 1 billion people live on less than $1 a day; 2.7 billion live on less than $2 a day; in most of these areas, the population in 50% children
- Child soldiers – 250,000 (I’ll post on this in relation to Uganda soon)
- Child labor – 218 million
- Children in sex trades – 1.8 million children
- Children living without parents on the street – 100 million, as a conservative estimate.
- Children under 15 living with AIDS – 2.3 million
- New children infected with AIDS DAILY – 1,000
- Children orphaned by AIDS by 2010 – 25 million