Monday, May 30, 2005

make poverty history

for me poverty is a huge problem and tends to be much more real to those who have to experience it on a daily basis. it seems from most every source that i read, that the rich are becoming richer and the poor are becoming poorer, and a great deal of it is tied to oppression of some sort. i am hardly an expert on the problem or what to do, but i am convinced that part of what it means to bring the reality of the kingdom of God to earth deals with helping to bring shalom, which is a jewish concept that has a great deal to say about bringing physical well being to everybody.

not too long ago i ran across this website on poverty. if God hasn't yet touched your heart with the problem of poverty, then just watch the short video of the two little boys who lost their parents and see if God can't use it to grab a hold of your heart. and then take a little time to read about what 420 different churches and organizations are doing to help end poverty. at this point in my life, i don't know the best thing that i can do, but i know that as i do what i can, that God will give me further direction. as you can see, one thing you can do is very simple, just write a note to some people who represent many of us as a people, and share with them your heart. that small step could make a big difference for many who are experiencing poverty.


At 10:18 AM, Blogger Chad said...

Hey JR,

I got all the info sent to me to do the Beyond Borders thing and I’m wondering if you’re interested. The more I learn about Beyond Borders the more I like it. I’m either going to create a team myself and go sometime in the winter (is it bad that I’m using this trip to escape the cold?) or I’m just going to join a team thru Beyond Borders. I think it would cool to have a pastor on this trip that is part of our organization and you are one the few that seems willing to go or explore ideas of what could be done.

Any thoughts?


At 7:10 AM, Blogger Chad said...

I watched the video and now I'm a wreck. That's ok, it's good for me.

Those videos are really well done.

At 11:19 PM, Blogger J.R. Woodward said...


i would like to think about your proposition about beyond borders. i definetly will consider it, for through talking with them, it could really help me see the types of things i would like to set up in different places around the world.

i'm glad God used the video's to touch you, for they definetly touched me.


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