Global Poverty

Biblical Truth

Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt. Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless. If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest. If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it to him by sunset, because his cloak is the only covering he has for his body. What else will he sleep in? When he cries out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.

Exodus 22:21-27, Faith in Action Study Bible

Musical Offering

Ben’s Offering

In September 2000, world leaders came together at United Nations Headquarters in New York to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets – with a deadline of 2015 – that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals. There were three goals related to eradication of global poverty:

  1. Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the number of people whose income is less than $1 a day.
  2. Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people
  3. Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger

It is sad still, that in 2008, 80% of the world’s population lived on $10/day, and half the world’s population lived on $2.50/day.

Find out more: Check out the UN’s Millenium Development Goals, and write to your local MP, asking what they are doing to ensure that they meet the 2015 deadline.
Edit: 16 Oct, 7.35pm. Forgot the Video. Now included. Wonderful song, People Need the Lord

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Author: Ben Clapton

I'm an Officer in The Salvation Army, currently appointed with my wife as Corps Officers at the Rochester Corps in country Victoria (20 minutes out of Echuca). I play violin and guitar, amongst many others, and love golf and running.

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