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How to Tell If You're Really Poor

Millions of people around the world are really poor. Are you one of them? You would be if these statements are true about you.

1) You've never owned a toy.

2) You don't own a pair of shoes.

3) You've never owned a pillow.

4) There isn't enough food in the house for two days.

5) Having a glass of fresh, clean water each day isn't possible.

How did you do? Chances are, you've never had to experience this kind of poverty. You probably own many toys and shoes, you have a pillow and also a bed, and you can always find food and fresh water.

But millions of children around the world aren't as fortunate. They've never owned even one toy. It's not that their parents don't care for them. Every spare coin has to go for basic needs like food.

Shoes are a luxury. Many children have never owned a pair of shoes. Many have had a pair a few times in their lives, but soon they outgrow them or the shoes wear out.

A pillow is a rarity in many homes around the world. A child may have a mat and sometimes a blanket, but pillows are just too much of a luxury. Many children don't have their own bed-just a corner in a hut or a makeshift lean-to built out of garbage.

Food is plentiful in the United States. Even poor children here usually eat more than once a day. They can get government support-free school breakfasts and lunches as well as food stamps to buy dinner food. Around the world, thousands of children die every month from lack of food. Sometimes this is due to famine. At other times it's because they lost their parents and are on their own.

Water is something we take for granted. In parts of the world there isn't enough water. In other areas the water is polluted and people have to drink filthy water. People are lacking in clean, fresh, daily water. They also lack the Living Water of the truth of Jesus Christ.

So how did you score? Are you poor? Or are you rich compared to these millions of children around the world?


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