Poverty and Our Response

Facts from UNICEF and International Labor Organization:
Every day, nearly 27,000 children under age 5 die from preventable causes like dehydration, malaria and malnutrition.
More than 400 million children have no access to safe drinking water.
More than 100 million children worldwide are homeless.
In developing countries, more than 93 million children of elementary school age don’t attend school
More than 200 million children ages 5-17 are engaged in child labor.

My Response:   How can I make a difference?   The facts are staggering and overwhelming.   But there is something you can do to rescue children in need.   Speak up!

Proverbs 31:8-9 says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

The Bible contains more than 2,000 verses that instruct us to help those in need.  In these verses we learn about God’s heart for the poor.  And we are given a clear mandate to speak up for those in need – straight from our heavenly Father.  Please speak up for children in need, as God’s Word instructs us to.   Join us as we release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

It’s interesting what you can do with one dollar still today.   I found a $1 car wash in Maplewood.   For $1 I can buy a Sunday paper.   I can purchase interesting things at a dollar store.   And yet these things pale in comparison to saving a child from poverty for only one dollar a day.   Won’t you consider speaking up for a child today?   Hear how Bethel members are making a difference in the life of children around the world and you how can join them in lifting children from poverty.

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