16th March, 2011
When, in 1922, six telecommunications companies came together to found the BBC, they could not have known what a profound influence the new service would come to exert. Soon, countless millions of people (in the UK and elsewhere) would come to rely on the BBC for information which then shaped their worldview.
From the start, the BBC was idealistic in purpose, and also biblical. Its motto (penned by one of the first governors) “Nation shall speak peace unto nation” was a conscious reference to Micah 4:3. To people recently emerging from The Great War the idea of a service which would bring the world together resonated with their hopes. Even today, millions still get their view of the world from the BBC – radio, TV, in print or online.
We don’t expect that our newly-launched website will get quite the audience the BBC has! But we do share some of the same ideals.
We hope that the site will convey to you information and viewpoints about the modern world around us (and particularly those parts of it which are in need) and that that knowledge will foster understanding and commitment to one another as fellow citizens of God’s world.
We hope too that the site will particularly give insights into the plight of the global poor. Despite all the amazing changes which have taken place in our lives the last decades, there have never in history been more people left behind in poverty, homelessness, sickness, violence and despair. We hope that our site will encourage you to show a preference for the poor – and to find ways of expressing that in prayer and practical help.
We hope finally that the site will alert you to the amazing work being done all around the World by God’s people to help their own or nearby communities. Much of this is hidden from us, because it is not being done by westerners, and those doing it don’t have easy access to our media. WorldShare exists to champion the cause of these indigenous Christian ministries.
In understanding, prayer and sharing lie the roots of true fellowship which can release the global Church to take His compassionate care to those in need: to speak God’s peace to the ‘nation’ of the poor.