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An End to Extreme Poverty?

Posted By Jessica Fisher On August 7, 2011 @ 1:55 am In Giving,GOD | 13 Comments


I have been praying for a cause.

Over the last year, I’ve been asking God to put something on my heart that was bigger than me. I had inklings that my life was pretty good, all things considered, and I wanted to do something outside of myself, my life, my little world.

It’s all too easy for me to fixate on grocery store mergers [4] and what to do with too small ice cream cones [5]. While these things are not entirely insignificant, they do pale in comparison with the larger world and the hardships that people face.

And to be honest, while I had heard about Compassion [6] and we even sponsored one child already, I wasn’t convinced that it was “my cause.” I didn’t want to jump on some bandwagon just because other people were doing it. I’ve done too much of that in my lifetime.

But back in June I watched a group of bloggers [7] go places you and I would never “want” to go. And it moved me [8] in a way I can’t really describe. It reminded me of a trip to Honduras [8] that I made fifteen years ago.

And I knew.

I knew this was the cause that God was laying on my heart. Even though I had dismissed it as something “everyone” was doing. That mentality is kind of funny, actually.

Because fighting poverty and injustice is something that everyone should be doing.

58: THE FILM Trailer [9] from LIVE58NOW [10] on Vimeo [11].

58: THE FILM Trailer [9] from LIVE58NOW [10] on Vimeo [11].

I heard about this upcoming movie, 58: [12], a few weeks ago and wanted to share it with you. It inspires me to think outside of myself. I’m looking forward to seeing it October — in a weird, this-may-change-me-and-challenge-me-in-ways-I-might-not-want, kind of way. I don’t really know what God is doing in me.

But, I think I’ve found my cause: hunger and extreme poverty.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.

Matthew 25:35 [13]


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