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The Face of Poverty


“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”                                                   Matthew 25:35-36

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." 

Matthew 28:19-20


  • 2.7 billion people struggle to survive on less than $2 per day.

  • Every year, 6 million children die from malnutrition before their fifth birthday.

  • More than 800 million people go to bed hungry every day...300 million are children.

  • More than 2.6 billion people - over 40% of the world's population - do not have basic sanitation, and more than 1 billion people still use unsafe sources of drinking water.

  • 5 million people, mostly children, die each year from water-borne diseases.

  • ​Around the world, a total of 114 million children do not get even a basic education and 584 million women are illiterate.

  • More than 40% of women in Africa do not have access to basic education.

  • If a girl is educated for six years or more, as an adult, her prenatal care, postnatal care, and childbirth survival rates will dramatically and consistently improve.

  • Educated mothers immunize their children 50% more often than mothers who are not educated.

  • AIDS spreads twice as quickly among uneducated girls than among girls that have even some schooling.

  • The children of a woman with five years of primary school education have a survival rate 40% higher than children of women with no education.

  • Women and girls are often more burdened by the poverty of their household and their environment than men and boys.

  • Women’s lack of access to and control over resources limits their economic autonomy and increases their vulnerability to economic or environmental shocks.

  • Two-thirds of the world's population - more than 4.81 billion people - live in the 10/40 Window.

  • The 10/40 Window is the rectangular area of North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia approximately between 10 degrees latitude north and 40 degrees latitude north of the equator.

  • There are 68 countries in the 10/40 Window.

  • 85% of those living in the 10/40 window are the poorest of the world's poor.

  • 90% of the people living in the 10/40 Window - 1.6 billion people - have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • The billions of people who live in the 10/40 Window have suffered not only the ravages of poverty and disease, they have also been kept from the transforming power of the Gospel.

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