Bono at TED: Eradicting poverty doesn't have to be a dream
After watching Bono’s recent talk at TED “The good news on poverty”, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for what God has been doing with the poor. I love how Women of Vision is answering the call to the poor, and am encouraged to forge ahead to continue to the work.
Bono begins his talk, with his signature glasses on his face, addressing equality – something that seems to have risen to the top of World Vision and Women of Vision’s hearts, campaigns, and work. It is not tagline or march effort, but rather it underlies all the other work that is done as we continue to challenge ourselves to remember God’s love for others across the world, His plan for them, their equality with us and yet our unequal resources. It is the assumption under Girl Rising, all Strong Women Strong World efforts and Channels of Hope Bible Studies which are teaching gender equality and reducing violence against women. After establishing the importance of equality, Bono states:
“Forget the rock opera, forget the bombast, my usual tricks,” he says. “The only thing singing today will be the facts. I have truly embraced my inner nerd. Exit the rock star. Enter the evidence-based activist.”
He refers to himself as a “factivist.”
As a Christian organization, we know that bringing light to truth is more than an educational project. It is a spiritual exercise of engaging the heart and the mind, combating any lies, and empowering individuals with the opportunity to act on
truth. The sharing of information and the spread of truth changes hearts of apathy, lives in poverty, and communities in inequality and darkness.
“Here’s the surprise: there’s a lot of good news. Since 2000, eight million AIDS patients have been receiving retroviral drugs; malaria deaths have been cut by 75%; child mortality rate of kids under 5 is down by 2.65 million deaths a year. “Let’s think about that,” he says. “Have you read anything, anywhere in the last week that is as remotely as important as that number? It’s great news, and it drives me nuts most people don’t know this.”
This is amazing news! We see the reports coming in to World Vision and Women of Vision and this is reason to throw big parties. What is amazing about our work is that we have the names, faces and stories behind these stats. We see the LIVES changed – not just the numbers – to remind us of each soul that is being restored through these life-giving efforts. We DO need to share this information with the world. Join me and let’s bang it on drums – no longer the drums just of bad news and sad statistics, but amazing potential and progress! We need to call out for others to get on board this extraordinary train! The opportunity to end poverty is real, but we have to act – and act more than ever.
At the end of his talk, Bono quotes Wael Ghonim who was put in jail for empowering Egyptians, “I have his words tattooed on my brain,” says Bono. “We’re going to win because we don’t understand politics. We’re going to win because we don’t play their dirty games. We’re going to win because we don’t have an agenda. We’re going to win because the tears that comes from our eyes actually come from our hearts. We’re going to win because we have dreams. We’re going to win because we are willing to stand up for our dreams.”
Please join us as we raise our hands up in praise to God and get our hands dirty in action. Join our voices – proud in encouragement and loud in empowerment. Let us join hands as we propel each other forward in momentum to continue this work – even when it costs us, when it is dirty, and when we are discouraged, that we can stand together for not just our dreams, but God’s vision of redemption.
by Anna Goodworth, WOV Hartford, CT