Reading Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ronald J. Sider has really opened my eyes, more than I thought they were already open. Much of what he had to say felt depressing, until he talked about how we can help the poor and marginalized around the world.
One of the biggest things we can do is a micro loan. I had heard of these before with less detail. There are many charities that support adults and children in poverty, but micro loans are different. These are small amounts of money loaned to start a business. Sometimes it involves training and sometimes it means buying a sewing machine so a mother can support her family. The loans vary in amounts from $50 to $500 usually and are paid back. The family is given justice, dignity, and purpose. Opportunity International is one of the organizations brought up in the book.
There are also advocacy programs to help end hunger around the world. It can seem impossible to know how to help or what is needed, so it can help to look to these programs for guidance. Through them, you can find out ways to get your community involved, get help with dealing with politics and hunger, and donate to the right companies. An important step to helping others is to learn about the issues that matter and get connected to where you fit in with these programs. Bread for the World and The Micah Challenge are groups mentioned in the book.
As Deuteronomy 15:7-8 says, “If there are poor among you in one of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be selfish or greedy toward them. But give freely to them and freely lend them whatever they need.” All of us able to read this are rich compared to much of the world and it is up to us to help them. If not us, then who?
Where do you donate or volunteer that will help eradicate hunger and poverty around the world? I would love to hear about it in the comments!
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