NOTE: Millions of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world live in the kind of poverty described below. This article helps us come to grips with what these Third World believers face every day. The basic question is this:- "What would we have to abandon if we were to adopt the lifestyle of our 1.3 billion neighbours who live in this kind of poverty? If we start with an average Western household, what would we have to get rid of to get down to these basic Third World conditions?" HOW the REST of the WORLD LIVES -by Robert L. Heilbroner. We begin by invading the house of our imaginary American family to strip it of its furniture. Everything goes: beds, chairs, tables, television set, lamps. We will leave the family with a few old blankets, a kitchen table, a wooden chair. Along with the bureau go the clothes. Each member of the family may keep in his wardrobe his oldest suit or dress, or shirt or blouse. We will permit a pair of shoes for the head of the family but none for the wife or children. We move to the kitchen. The appliances have already been taken out, so we turn to the cupboards. The box of matches may stay, a small bag of flour, some sugar and salt. A few mouldy potatoes, already in the garbage can, must be hastily rescued, for they will provide much of tonights meal. We will leave a handful of onions, and a dish of dried beans. All the rest we take away: the meat, the fresh vegetables, the canned foods, the crackers, the candy. Now we have stripped the house: the bathroom has been dismantled, the running water shut off, the electric wires taken out. Next we take away the house. The family can move to the tool shed. Communications must go next. No more newspapers, magazines, books - not that they are missed, since we must take away our familys literacy as well. Instead, in our shanty town we will allow one radio. Now Government services must go. No more postman, firemen. There is a school, but it is three miles away and consists of two classrooms. There are, of course, no hospitals or doctors nearby. The nearest clinic is ten miles away and is tended by a midwife. It can be reached by bicycle, provided that the family has a bicycle, which is unlikely. Finally, money. -We will allow our family a cash hoard of five dollars. This will prevent our bread winner from experiencing the tragedy of an Iranian peasant who went blind because he could not raise the three dollars 94 which he mistakenly thought he needed to receive admission to a hospital where he could have been cured. [-SOURCE: "Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger" by Ronald Sider - an excellent book].