What’s the Most Strategic Thing a Pastor Can Do to Alleviate Poverty?

There are many efforts behind which a pastor can put his or her energy and resources, but one action stands above all others to alleviate poverty.

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Why Help People in Poverty in Other Countries When People Need Help Here?

Our time and resources are finite, yet there seems to be infinite need. We want to be kind to people in poverty and we want to do it wisely. Here are a few things to consider as you struggle through this question for yourself.

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How Do the Poor Describe Poverty?

A survey conducted in Niger by the Office of the Prime Minister asked the poor of that country to describe poverty. Their answers included: dependence, marginalization, scarcity, incapacity and restrictions on rights and freedoms.

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How Does the Bible Define Poverty?

Many people and organizations view poverty in economic terms. But does this definition align with how Scripture describes the poor? How does the Bible define poverty?

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The Invisibility of Poverty

We’ve all been stuck at that red light, and despite our best efforts to avoid it, there we are: eye-to-eye with a person with a sign. Poverty is uncomfortable. And sometimes, it’s just easier to look away and pretend we can’t see.

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“I’m Not Broke”

The lies of poverty tell a child that they are broke, unfixable and hopeless. But then there is Jesus. And Jesus tells a very different story.

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Differences

Kelsi spent the last year living and working in Nairobi, Kenya, and constantly fought guilt. She felt guilty for being “different.”

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How Can Repetition Get the Creative Juices Flowing?

As we enter the home stretch of Blog Month, you may be feeling a little low on creativity and words. Let this little exercise help get those creative juices flowing.

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To See a Child Smile

The bloggers all sit in a circle and laugh and pretend to know Spanish and laugh some more. But not Ivan. He does not smile.

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Hope as Wide as the Prairie

Our pioneer ancestors scraped and sacrificed and barely got by, in many ways living a similar lifestyle to what millions of subsistence farmers still lead around the world.

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Stronger than Me

Trials in our lives make us strong. James 1 teaches us to be joyful whenever we face trials, because trials develop perseverance, making us mature and complete, not lacking anything.

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Where Do You Want to Go? The Compassion Blog “Rethunk”

This blog post has one purpose: to refine the vision for the Compassion blog. That might mean we simply affirm what the blog’s purpose has been for the last few years. Or it might mean we come up with something new. Either way, now is the time to tell us what we should focus on.

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