This morning, we want to take a look at transformation on a global scale. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently released their 2014 letter, which takes an incredible stance on the modern world’s view of extreme poverty and international aid. The letter begins:
“By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives. Many Nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient. You might think that such striking progress would be widely celebrates, but in face, Melinda and I are struck by how many people think the world is getting worse. The belief that the world can’t solve extreme poverty and disease isn’t just mistaken, it is harmful. That’s why in this year’s letter we take apart some of the myths that slow down the work. The next time you hear these myths, we hope you will do the same” – Bill Gates
He continues on to debunk the commonly held beliefs that
1. Poor countries are doomed to remain poor.
2. Foreign aid is a waste.
3. Saving lives leads to overpopulation.
If you work with or support foreign aid of any kind, you have undoubtedly come across one or all of these myths. At CARE for AIDS, we can see transformation both on a small scale with individual stories and on a larger scale in entire communities. It is incredibly encouraging to see transformation happen on a national and global level.
The letter is incredible, and we recommend it as a great read. You can find it in its entirety here.
Its so encouraging to see the transformation in a big picture frame of view- we can clearly see that the impact on one life has a ripple effect, and that individuals, families, churches, and communities can truly change cities, nations, and the world!