The world is in an unprecedented era of communication. New forms of communication are making it easier for citizens of every land to organize toward making a better life for their own people and the people of the world. Those efforts face many challenges, such as violent conflict, economic depression, a changing climate, disease and more.
Our commitment can go beyond feeding chronically hungry people to asking why they are hungry. As answers emerge, we can explore strategies for long term solutions and begin to enact them. With a series of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations has challenged the world to cut poverty in half by 2030.
In Africa alone
- 9 million people living in Africa today have access to lifesaving AIDS medication, up from only 50,000 in 2002.
- Malaria has been cut by 75% in eight African countries since 2000
- 54 million more children across sub-Saharan Africa are now going to primary school compared to 1999.
Whether one answers the call to engage one’s own community, region or the entire world, one can do so with the heart of John Wesley, who said, “I regard the whole world as my parish.”