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September 2010

A Word from David

One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his good deed (Prov. 19:17).

If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you’re living in Disneyland. I don’t mean that literally, of course. What I mean is, compared to the majority of people in the world, most of us are living fantasy lives, lives that the majority of the world’s people can only dream of. It’s as if we’ve been born into royalty.

If the world’s population was reduced to a village of 100 people, about 50 of them would be living on $2.50 per day or less. 21 would be living on $1.25 per day or less.

Forty-three would live without basic sanitation, 18 would be without an improved water source. 14 would be hungry or malnourished. 12 would not be able to read. 12 would be disabled. 20 of them would hold 75% of the wealth of the entire village—that’s us Disneylanders.

Being thankful for our blessings is important, but it is not enough, especially when we realize that Jesus is incarnated in so many of His followers who are embodied within those troubling statistics. About 33 of those 100 villagers would profess to be Christians. Only God knows how many are truly His. Still, Jesus lives in “the least of these,” and those who belong to Him care. That is what Heaven’s Family is all about. Glad you are part of the family! — David

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Intellect College, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, caters to a younger set of college students, offering kindergarten, as well as primary and secondary education. Attending scholars walk past this daily reminder that their teachers have nearby access to “the board of education” that can be applied to “the seat of knowledge” when necessary.