If 2010 is like recent years, we can expect 11 million children under the age of 5 to die this year. That means 30,137 children will die today. Approximately 1,256 of them will die while we are at worship next Sunday morning. 418 children under 5 will die during the time I preach my next sermon. The overwhelming majority of these children will die of malnutrition and preventable or easily curable diseases. This year thousands of children will go blind due to vitamin A deficiency. If they were given the vitamin A found in just 2 carrots each week they could retain their sight.
What will the church in America do on behalf of these children? If 2010 is like recent years, the average American church member will spend more money on pet food and pet toys than they give to missions.