The following was taken from Randy Alcorn’s blog:
More than one billion people in the world live on less than one dollar a day. In total, 2.7 billion struggle to survive on less than two dollars a day. In these poverty-challenged areas, the population of children is often close to 50%.
Some estimate that 100 million kids live on the street, but they’re nearly impossible to count. Others estimate that there may be up to 160 million who try to exist on the streets with no parents, no love, no care, no food, and no compassion.
That bread which you keep belongs to the hungry; that coat which you preserve in your wardrobe, to the naked; those shoes which are rotting in your possession, to the shoeless; that gold which you have hidden in the ground, to the needy. Wherefore, as often as you are able to help others, and refuse, so often did you do them wrong. — Augustine
Obedience to the Great Commission has more consistently been poisoned by affluence than by anything else. — Ralph Winter
Caring for the poor and needy is a sobering responsibility for which we will all be held accountable: “If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered” (Prov. 21:13). Helping them is not a optional issue.
May God one day say of us what he said of King Josiah: “He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” (Jer. 22:16).