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Four Key Investments, Especially for Those Under 25

October 23, 2018

“If we invest in human capital today, young people wearing sandals in the poorest, fastest-growing countries will be riding bicycles tomorrow,” say Bill and Melinda Gates, “and inventing cheaper, cleaner, safer cars next week.”


Part of me wants to ask when some in the Church chose to drop the ball on these things. Another part of me doesn’t have time for that and would rather be part of the solution…through missions like the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). There are many other examples as well, for which you and I can be thankful and in which we can participate. So let’s do.

Back to that piece in the current issue of Fortune, which describes four key investments in the global war on poverty:




Family Planning

I’m flashing to the classic Christian approach of providing food for both body and soul. If I recall correctly, that practice had its origin with our Founder.

Again, back to Fortune: “If the current population and economic trends hold, by 2050 86% of the world’s extreme poor — those surviving on the equivalent of $1.90 a day — will be living in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Close to half of this total, moreover, will reside in just two countries: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Nigeria.”

Currently, “nearly 60% of Africa’s population is under the age of 25.”



Like a book in my first grade classroom asked, “What do you do now, Dear?”





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