There are three amazing moments currently happening in world history:
Firstly, according to the United Nations, there will likely be a world population of 8 billion people by 2023. According to one BBC report, there have been 100 billion people who have lived throughout history. There have never been so many people alive as today!
Secondly, related to world population, infant mortality rates and other key indicators are improving. Bill Gates has recently stated: “The world is healthier and safer than ever. The number of children who die every year has been cut in half since 1990 and keeps going down. The number of mothers who die has also dropped dramatically. So has extreme poverty—declining by nearly half in just 20 years”. There are still many serious consequences of poverty and war, but Bill Gates’ observations should encourage us.
Thirdly, we live in a time of incredible communion technology. Wikipedia suggests that about 51% of the world’s population have internet access. This may be too conservative, as some estimates are that mobile phone usage will reach 5 billion people next year.
If we put all these facts together, we can try to discern what God is doing. Could it be that we are entering a new global age of evangelisation? It has never been easier to travel, print, or communicate the good news of Jesus Christ. There have never been so many people alive as today. What a great moment to be involved in mission!