poverty

orphans and widows

What does God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: ________________________

How would you finish that sentence? How you answer that statement will define not only your life, but how you live out your life before God. How you prioritize everything in your life.

We don’t have to guess how to complete that sentence, you don’t have to fill in the blank, James in his letter to the churches, that includes us today, in chapter 1 verse 27 gives us the complete sentence.

“What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this:

to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.

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True Biblical entrepreneurship is about starting a business not for the sake of profit but rather for the sake of the gospel. About helping out the disenfranchised, the poor and the needy, building up the Kingdom of God and the lives of other, not your personal wealth.

I just saw a great example of this in action on a TV show on food. And even though it is not being done by a Christian but rather a non-Christian it is a prime example of how to do a marketplace ministry. It is not proclaiming the gospel, but it is for the good of others. Saving the poor and needy, giving to others instead of taking from them. (more…)

harvesters snack cupsSpent half a day preparing food for the hunger, was at Harvesters for half the day sorting snack cups, about 500 lbs of them. Like pudding, Jello and apple sauce into 18 lbs box’s to be giving to the needy. After finishing that I labels unlabeled #10 cans (that’s restaurant sized ones) of green beans. Then boxed them up to be giving to the needy, about 300 of them. There is always a way to give to, help those in need, even if you do not have money to give, you can give time to feed, help those in need. I gave my time to love others, to help those in need.

On my way to the Freedom Fire Staff prayer meeting I met James, a homeless man who was a war veteran. I was able to give him a little money to buy some food with as well as share God’s love with him. Wanted to do more but he was at the top of freeway ramp and the light turned green and lots of traffic behind me so I had to leave after a short conversation with him. If when we are shot of time as well as money, even a few minuets and a couple of dollars can effect a person life who is in need.

Spent the afternoon with the Freedom Fire staff for prayer, prayed for the staff as well as the inner city poor and the children whom the ministry is working with. Heard lots of praise reports about what God did the last week in the ministry. Many came to Jesus, many lives changed. The new church plant has out grown its space, a much bigger place is needed to accommodate the growing number. Praise God for that.

I was able to love on the staff though encouragement and prayer for them. I was able to love on the people in the inner city by giving time to prayer for them, to love on them via prayer, lifting them up to God, going before God on their behalf, what a privilege.

What a great being to this week, doing acts of love for others, by giving time, money and prayer. Lord I pray the rest of the week is even more filled with acts of love for others.

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Here are the five charities getting donations through text message for :

  • Text “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 on behalf of the Yéle Foundation, the leading contributor to rebuilding Haiti founded by Wyclef Jean.
  • Text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 on behalf of the Red Cross in the U.S.
  • Text “Haiti” to 20222 to donate $10 on behalf of the Clinton Foundation (former President Clinton is Special Envoy to Haiti.
  • Text “Haiti” to 85944 to donate $5 on behalf of the Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International.
  • Text “Haiti” to 25383 to donate $5 on behalf of the International Rescue Committee.

Other news on giving to Haiti Right now American Express and Visa are waving fees for to the charity if you use their cards to give money. And Capital One Bank pledges that 100 percent of your donation will go to the charity. They do this for 1.2 million charities as long as you use the Capital One web site. The rest of the U.S. credit card industry should follow suit.

selling organs There is a world wide epidemic going on, an atrocity, an appalling act that reveals both the said status of the worlds economy, but also sets new lows in depravity for our day. Desperately poor people are sell kidneys for cash, from the Philippines, to India, Pakistan, Egypt to Iraqi and even in the US.

There are hundreds of stories a day now like:

"I’m a father of four and my wife is very sick. I do not have work and need money desperately to support them and for this reason I decided to sell my kidney."

Karim borrowed money to expand his bakery. When the money ran out, and
facing the prospect of imprisonment if unable to repay his debts, the 36-year-
old Egyptian baker sold his kidney.

Poverty meets Human Trafficking

Not only is poverty forcing people to such desperate acts to survive, but there are street children being snatched up and forcible having a kidney removed by black market doctors. Even parents selling a kidney of their children for money. The worse cases is they are selling their daughters kidney, then they sell her, her whole body to a trafficker to be used for the sex trade.

This is the said truth, condition of the world today, extreme poverty growing world wide forcing people to do horrible things to survive. Poverty is a severe plague on the world, people doing insanely horrible things to survive. And horrible people doing unimaginable things to others to make money off the poor.

Watch the Fox News videoIraqis selling body parts to make ends meet.”

 

See my sites on Poverty and Human Trafficking.