It’s easy to feel that many things are wrong in the world and to be overwhelmed by the daily news constantly telling us of the latest disaster, especially at this current time with the threat of the Covid-19 virus. In truth, there has never been a better time in which to live. The latest verifiable evidence shows that globally, this is the most peaceful, prosperous, wealthy, healthy and safe period in history, ever!
Although there is still much to be done, there have been massive changes world-wide within the last ten years – extreme poverty has been halved, child mortality rates reduced by a third and life expectancy increased by an average of around three years. In addition, the number of ‘restricted’ countries has reduced, 50% more countries have laws protecting women and there has been a substantial increase in the number of girls receiving a secondary school education.
We can thank God for the way Scripture Union has been able to contribute to this improvement as collectively we impact the lives of millions of children, young people and families around the world each year, and they in turn impact the communities around them.
As you read this newsletter, hear the good news reports and respond to the prayer requests, let’s be mindful of the powerful effect Scripture Union has had around the world for the past 153 years and pray together for more good fruit, both now and in the years to come.