The world is searching desperately for tangible solutions to major challenges that plague rich and poor alike. Social, political, and religious unrest is widespread. The disparity between rich and poor nations is widening. Corruption is rampant in every sector of society. Chronic poverty is deeply entrenched, even in emerging markets with promising economic growth trends.
Birth rates are declining in the developed nations. The poorest countries in the world continue to have infant mortality rates of almost 20 percent – 1 in 5 children do not live to see their first birthday! And for those who become adults, the life expectancy rate is a meager 40 years.
Each year, over 800,000 women and children are trafficked across national borders into commercial sexual exploitation. This tragic business is driven both by economic and by spiritual issues.
In spite of the enormous charitable efforts and the expansion of humanitarian aid, justice missions, and global relief agencies, lasting transformation remains elusive and limited to narrow segments of the population.