[Video enclosed] The poverty rate for those under 18 will soon hit 25% in America. This video from 60 Minutes broke my heart yesterday. While riding the trolley to work I listened to the audio and wept. 16 million kids in our country are currently living below the poverty line. That’s an increase of 2…… Continue reading Homeless Teenagers Among Us
It’s taken me nearly a year to work through the book, “When Helping Hurts.” The content and concepts weigh heavy on my heart. In my neighborhood the poor are easy to find. While not in the open, once you have eyes for it, you see poverty everywhere. We have people who squat in abandoned houses…… Continue reading How do we minister to the poor with integrity & grace?
“A Gallup report issued on Tuesday underscored just how out of line we are. Gallup surveyed people in more than 100 countries in 2009 and found that religiosity was highly correlated to poverty. Richer countries in general are less religious.” Interesting stuff. Jesus told the rich man, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell…… Continue reading Correlating Poverty to Religion
Yesterday our church hosted an event called Christmas in the City. It was one of the most unique expressions of God’s love I’ve ever witnessed. We are an unashamedly urban ministry. Situated in City Heights, a diverse working poor community, we reach out to the neighborhood in ways that just wouldn’t work in the suburbs.…… Continue reading Christmas in the City