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The world is flat!

I have not been doing speed reading for ages! While I was working 2 years back, I used to read a book a week. It’s a good way to make good use of one’s time, I used to read when I took the public transport to and fro from work, and back and forth from Seremban.

For two solid years, all I have been reading were textbooks, scientific papers and journals. I’m glad that now after graduating, leisure reading is back on my list of activities =).

Among the books I am currently reading, this book caught my attention: “The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century”, an international best-seller by Thomas Friedman. On separate occasions, Hannah, Yong Yi and Janet Tan mentioned about this book, and so I’ve decided to check it out.

This book is about analyzing the progress of globalization, happening in the early 21st century. The author did a good job in painting the whole picture of the current business trend, including outsourcing, offshoring, in-forming and the like. I personally think he was very skillful in bridging the gap between the techies/programmer (like me) and the business world. Through his book, I finally understood why big companies choose to outsource part of their business to different companies, some even located at different parts of the world.

According to Friedman, because of Globalization 3.0, countries like India and China are able to now participate in the level playing field in global economy. According to him, with the advancement of Internet and telecommunication, the world is as good as flat, as we are able to exchange information, communicate and work together though we are located at different corners of the world.

In the book, Friedman reported that companies outsourced their call services, software development, etc to India because wages in India are much lower. Multi-national companies(MNCs) are taking advantage of this fact to cut production and operational cost. The principle is this: One US Dollar or one Sterling pound can go a long way when converted to rupee or renminbi.

Now let’s draw a parallel between Globalization 3.0 and mission work:

Flattening the world in terms of $$
Our Ringgit Malaysia, though small it may be, can still make some difference for poor people in Mongolia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, etc. Do you know that it takes only RM50 a month to sponsor a child for their living and education in these countries? World Vision is currently running this “sponsor a child” campaign to help poor children around the world.

We can choose to indulge ourself with the money that we have, buying things that we don’t really need or we can choose to be like those MNCs, taking advantage of the global economy and make an impact in someone’s life.

Flattening the world in terms of distance
Missionaries who lived in the era of Globalization 1.0, had to give their all for missions. Once ventured out into the mission field, many have not the chance to even return to their homeland. Missionaries like Amy Carmichael (missionary to India), Hudson Taylor (missionary to China), David Livingston (missionary to Africa) have all dedicated their whole lives, leaving behind family and friends, sacrificing the time with their loved ones, to do the work of the Lord.

For us, who are fortunate to live in the era of Globalization 3.0, don’t even have to leave the comfort of our own home to get in contact with people halfway across the globe.

Let’s be opportunists in a time such as this!! Let’s use the fact that ‘the world is flat’ to our advantage to become effective witnesses for Christ.


World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

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to be posted on 27 June 2019, 00:00

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