In the last 20 years, the number of children dying from things
they shouldn’t — from hunger and poverty and disease —
has gone from over 30,000 a day to just over 16,000.
Extreme poverty has dropped dramatically and is on the run.
But this next part will be harder than the first.
That’s why everyone must renew their efforts and fight for every single child.
Every last one. Never stopping until it’s finished.
But it will take every last one of us to make it so.
That means finding the courage to invite others to show the love of
Jesus to a hurting world. Because Jesus said His followers should be
known for their love. That they should take care of the orphan and
the widow ... the least, the lost, the last.
Together, we seek to do exactly that.
To put our faith into play.
To invite and lead others on this journey to help end extreme poverty.
To chase it down as it retreats to the hard places of the world. To the margins.
To the last places on earth anyone wants to go.
But we will go there, together.
This second half may be harder. But we are stronger ... with you.
This is your moment. This is a chance to show the world what you believe in.
Where what you say shows up in what you do.
Together, let’s call on every last Christian, American, world government, and NGO.
To put the last, first. To help bring fullness of life to children in need.
Are you ready to stand with us all?
Are you ready to help free every last child from extreme poverty?
A message from President Emeritus, Rich Stearns
In our world today, extreme poverty appears to be giving up ground. Look at the figures: In the last 20 years, the number of children dying from preventable causes has gone from over 30,000 a day to just over 16,000. And the number of people living in extreme poverty, on less than $1.90 a day, has dropped by more than 1 billion.
But in the shadow of this progress I see a disturbing trend. Yes, poverty is pulling back, but it’s retreating into the harshest places in the world ... places rife with violence, corruption, and exploitation ... places where children suffer the most, and which very few organizations can reach.
Monumental progress was made with our last campaign, but to finish what’s been started — to go where the needs are most desperate — we must renew our efforts once more to fight for every child. Because it will take every last one of us to reach every last one of them.
This next battle will be tougher than the first. We must unite as never before so that God’s kingdom can come on earth as it is in heaven — making fullness of life possible for children and families in need.
While this second half may be harder, we are stronger. We know what to do, and we know how to do it. We have an army of dedicated staff ready to respond. Now is the time to be bold.
We have been called to this work. We are compelled by Jesus’ love for the poorest of the poor, each one of whom is created in God’s image. And we know that when we love them, we are loving our King, who said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Let us give ourselves with abandon to meet the great needs of our time — and not rest until we’ve reached every last child.
President Emeritus, World Vision U.S.