Kirk Franklin, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and Cece Winans Join Other Christian Artists and Three Humanitarian Organizations for Virtual “Unite to Fight Poverty” Concert on August 28

It would be a tragedy, says Joel Smallbone of Christian pop band, for King and Country, if the coronavirus pandemic ended and the world failed to learn anything from it or even grew closer to God.

“This is the one time in our lifetime that every single human being has been affected by something. It doesn’t matter your educational level, your affluence level, your location, everyone has been impacted by this pandemic and by the conversation that has taken place this year,” Smallbone said in a recent interview with The Christian Post.

Just under 24 million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus globally as of Wednesday evening, according to Johns Hopkins University, and more than 5.8 million of them are located in the United States. More than 821,000 people have died from the virus globally, with just over 179,000 deaths recorded in the U.S.

Those, however, aren’t the only COVID-19 numbers.

Describing the coronavirus pandemic as “the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II” in a presentation to the U.N. Security Council in April, head of the World Food Program David Beasley warned that the number of people suffering from hunger could increase from 135 million to more than 250 million and urgent action was needed, especially when it comes to vulnerable populations in conflict-driven countries.

The World Bank also estimates that the pandemic will likely hit the world’s poorest countries the hardest, and the economic impact of the virus will be felt for years to come. The World Bank estimates that this year alone, about 49 million people will be pushed into extreme poverty, with a large share of the new poor coming from countries already struggling with poverty. Almost half of the projected new poor, 23 million, will be in Sub-Saharan Africa, while another 16 million will come from South Asia.

All the people who have died and will die and all the people who are grappling in the throes of economic pain would have suffered for nothing, says Smallbone, if the world fails to learn anything from this moment.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair