An End to Extreme Poverty?

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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 and what to do with too small ice cream cones. 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 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 go places you and I would never “want” to go. And it moved me in a way I can’t really describe. It reminded me of a trip to Honduras 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 from LIVE58NOW on Vimeo.

58: THE FILM Trailer from LIVE58NOW on Vimeo.

I heard about this upcoming movie, 58:, 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

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  1. Oh what a great cause, Jessica. How touching the film trailer is, and I pray that it will touch many lives and hearts. I appreciate your openness and willingness so much.
    I’m a missionary wife living in Indonesia, and the reality is that poverty and hunger live on my street, they are my friends, their kids play with mine. I am one of the fortunate ones, because I have a constant reminder of it in my day to day. And, sadly, I can still find myself struggling with discontent. Can you believe that?!
    Thanks for the post. Have a blessed day.

  2. Thanks for sharing! This has really been on my heart a lot lately. I really struggle with how we Americans take simple things like food and shelter for granted. I just mentioned to frineds the other day that NO American should ever go hungry. There is a church or food kitchen or some other establishment just around every corner in this country, not to mention the govt assistance available to so many in this country, yet we still strugle to feel satisfied. Makes me sad & mad all at the same time. Although I am not sure where to begin in helping w/ this cause, I am begininng to pray for guidance in the right direction and that I will be used to help others. Even if it is to just help those of us in this country to realize just how blessed we are. Thanks so much for sharing this:)

  3. With all due respect Vicki speak for yourself. Some of us grew up reliant on food and church pantries. Not everyone in this country has a fortunate beginning. Furthermore the guidelines on assistance are often onerous or people are unaware that they qualify. The result is hungry children. Hunger anywhere is unacceptable. In one of the richest countries in the world it is an outright travesty. My heart breaks for kids that grew up as I did as a teen because I know how hard it is to see so much and have so little and how hard it is to climb from the poverty pit.

  4. I get irritated (probably too much so) when our churches put more time and energy into building expansion plans and improving structures. While I know there is a time and a place for that and sometimes it is absolutely neccessary, let us not forget about the family down the street who is living in poverty and can barely put food on the table. We lived in the inner city for a year. We began to see those who are poor “as people” like us with hopes, dreams, and desires. Our judgement quicky turned to friendship and compassion.

  5. Our church has found some remarkable service projects this summer – both far away and right here at home. One that we were able to do was called a Mobile Food Pantry. For $300 you can purchase a truckload of food (9000 lbs!!) to give to those in need. It came from the Second Harvest Food Program. We took the food off the trucks, arranged it like a grocery store on tables, went through with grocery carts and filled paper grocery bags with the food, then distributed them to 300 families who had qualified through a local agency. And this food was for only one day! I just read in the paper today about a health clinic held in Columbia, SC in which over 2000 people lined up to receive free doctor care, dentist care, and prescription drugs and some had to be turned away. Yes, we have poverty all around us and all over the world and we can all can do some small thing to help. We’ve even thought of doing a Food and Faith frozen food ministry (just not sure of the health department requirements for cooking for others).Looking forward to seeing how all of you, including Jessica, are being called to serve others.

  6. Thank you for introducing me to this movie. I understand what you mean about not wanting to jump on a bandwagon – but this is worth jumping on. Good for you, and thanks for sharing it!

  7. Thanks for sharing this link. We have been working on breaking our church out of it’s “comfort zone” and going into the neighborhoods where the people who are in need are and showing them there are people who care. A belly of warm food, a bed to sleep in and someone to listen validates a person and shows them they do matter. We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves and our neighbors aren’t just the people who live on our cul-de-sac but everyone who walks this earth with us.

  8. Thank you for sharing this trailer – I look forward to watching the film.

    We just sponsored our first Compassion child and we are exploring this topic in our family as well.