Friday, March 26, 2010

hope.

There's nothing better than a little inspiration.

Right now, I am reading a book called "The Poor Will Be Glad: Joining the Revolution to Lift the World Out of Poverty". It's an amazing and practical account that invites the Church in on how HOPE International and other organizations are working to help the poorest of the poor pursue their dreams and no longer rely on charity, but live the life they were made to live through employment and microfinance. I am not a "businessy" person, but I have continued to learn about these social enterprises and am starting to believe that they, along with a holistic approach, could be the weapon that slays the dragon of poverty. My eyes have been opened to the unintended consequences of our good-hearted charity and how sometimes, it can hurt rather than help the poor. In the words of the author:
"Relying on charity might provide enough for bare existence, but it will never be enough to help a poor man off his knees. Charity will never allow an individual to be the way God created humankind to be..." pg. 67
The book has challenged and inspired to work for lasting change in people's lives and as the opening says, "is a compelling call to carry God's mercy and compassion to the hurting people of this world."

Here are some startling facts about the developing world...
  • 850 million people go to bed hungry every night.
  • 11 million children die every year before their 5th birthday...
  • That's 30,000 children a day...
  • 1 child every 3 seconds
  • 20% of the world does not have access to clean water
  • 6.6 billion people live on earth...
  • 4 billion of those people live on less than $4 a day all of whom living in developing countries.
  • these numbers bother me.


The touching video is about how HOPE is working with the beautiful people of Haiti (with music by my favorite...Josh Garrels!) Watch and learn!

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