I just watched Chris Seay’s talk on Consumerism from Q Conference last year. If you plan on speaking on consumerism anytime soon this talk is a great resource.
In the talk Chris starting sharing large scale global issues that we are facing in the world such as clean water and illiteracy. According to Chris it will take something like 11 Billion Dollars to bring clean water to every child in the world. That’s it? Serious? Yet almost every time I discuss the vision of HELP it seems like people don’t have the faith or believe that we can cripple extreme poverty. (extreme poverty is an enemy in my opinion)
There is no doubt that issues of poverty are complex. But here is what I was wondering:
Are millions of kids perishing because the church simply lacks the compassion to sacrifice deeply and make a difference?
Could you imagine if we had visionary leaders who simply will refuse to allow this kind of tragedy to continue.
I think we can do better, I think the church can be the voice of justice. I think we can gather a global tribe of Christ-followers and work with all religions and people across the world to eradicate hungry, free the trafficked, bring clean water to the thirsty, give medicine to the dying, help kids learn how to read and help parents get jobs. I call this Gospel Justice, I think every Christ-follower has a call to engage in Gospel Justice.
I’m not talking about aid only. I’m talking about partnerships and long term development. At HELP we have a 5 point strategy:
1. Find a qualified leader who is already making things happen to fight local poverty. (this could be Africa or America)
2. Bring immediate aid if needed. (starvation, sickness etc.)
3. Create network of partnerships with key organizations who are experts in their respected fields. (such as micro-finance, clean water advocates, etc.)
4. Develop a sustainable vision for local community development. (think 3-6 year plan)
5. Work with and through the local church in that community to help bring change.
I think we can create a tribe of people who are willing to sacrifice deeply and make this happen. We can fiight consumerism in the West and use those extra resources to help end poverty wherever poverty exist, both local and globally.