SJC Month 7: A Look at Poverty

By July 6, 2010 culture, faith No Comments

It’s Month 7 of the Social Justice Challenge (SJC). The goal of the SJC is to foster learning about social justice issues through reading and then to put feet to that newfound knowledge through some sort of action. (Learning is the easy part; it’s the action that’s difficult!)

For the month of July we will look at poverty. To kick off the discussion, I’m using the standard SJC introductory questions.

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of poverty?
In my mind’s eye, I see unkempt kids . . . rundown housing complexes . . . blank eyes long devoid of hope.

What knowledge do you have of poverty in our world today?
The little I know comes from the work I do for KMA Direct Communications—some of the accounts I am assigned to are nonprofit Christian organizations that help with economic development and poverty relief around the world. I am aware of poverty, but it remains distant and detached. I am shamefully disconnected to the poverty around me here in my hometown.

Have you chosen a book or resource to read for this month?
Several friends have mentioned this book by Richard Stearns called The Hole in Our Gospel. I’m going to track it down for my resource this month. The subtitle—What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World—makes my heart skip a beat. I’m curious what God will teach me.

Why does poverty matter to you?
Poverty is heartbreaking—when I take the time to think about it. My lack of effort and contribution to combat the problem convict me; I can hardly claim that poverty matters when I am so detached. As with the other SJC themes, I look forward to digging in and learning more, praying about how God would want me to follow His lead in caring for people in need.

Even this brief review helped me get my mind set on the problem and how even small strides can make such a difference.

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