Statistics of World Needs
Statistics of World Needs both Physical and Spiritual
Hunger and Relief Related (From World Relief, MARC, Unicef, and Action International):
•Over 1.1 billion people in the world live on less than one U.S. dollar per day.
•500 million people are hungry and another 500 million are so poor that they get too little food to be fully productive.
•The proportion of the world’s population that lives in hunger is slowly declining, but due to population increases the total number of people who are hungry is higher than ever in history.
•Every day 25,000 people, many of them children, die from the results of dirty drinking water.
•35,000 children under five die in the developing world every day. The great majority of these deaths are preventable by adequate food and basic medical care. (Almost 60% of these deaths are from three diseases: pneumonia, diarrhea and measles, all of which could be prevented or cured by adequate food and medical care.)
•13,600 children die every day because of a combination of the effects malnutrition and disease.
•One third of all children under the age of five in developing nations are so poorly nourished that their physical and mental development is permanently impaired.
•One out of four people on the planet have no access to any form of healthcare.
•Though they represent 75% of the world’s population, developing countries have 5 percent of the world’s health expenditures and 10% of the education.
•There are 47 million refugees and displaced people.
•Half the world’s people are unable to vote; over three billion people are denied the freedom to teach their ideas and beliefs.
•Of the 27 countries where human suffering is greatest, 20 are in Africa, 6 Asia and one (Haiti) in the Western Hemisphere.
•From Action International: There are 100 million street children in the world today and by the year 2020 there will be 800 million.
Missions and World Evangelization Related (from InterDev and World Relief):
•85% of the world’s poorest countries lie within the unevangelized world.
•Muslims are the fastest growing religious group, largely as a result of a high birth rate.
•There are about 1,700 unreached people groups (defined linguistically). “Unreached” means that they do not have a nationally led, viable, reproducing church. (Each of these groups is 10,000 or more in size, so there are several hundred more unreached smaller groups, perhaps bringing the real total to 2,000.)
•3.1 billion people and 95% of unreached groups are located in an area of the world called the 10/40 Window—from West Africa to China.
•Of those in the 10/40 window, 2/3 of them—two billion people—have never heard of Jesus, at least not as Savior.
•According to UNESCO, 85% of the “poorest of the poor” also live in the 10/40 window. (From InterDev: “There is a powerful correlation here that cannot be ignored—that where Jesus Christ is believed on and His Church is established, He brings not only spiritual transformation, but also socio-economical transformation. He meets the people where their needs are. His healing is holistic.)
•95% of missions money and resources in the western world go to areas of the world where there is already an established or emerging church and 5% goes to areas where there is no church.
•90% of the full time Christian workers in the world live in countries that constitute 10% of the world’s population.