Poverty and Good News•‘The Poor you will always havewith you’•Tell John that the Poor have GoodNews told them’Jesus the Christ
Meaning of Poor• To know what we are talking about we mustdefine the words we use.• Often words are used, and where there isgeneral agreement to meaning that isn’t aproblem.• Unfortunately, we often throw wordsaround without understanding their meaningor content.
We also fail to ask each other what thewords mean, hence we end up in afog, or worse, we assume we andeveryone else knows what we aretalking about. In fact we are all in a fog.E.G.•British• Racism• Christian
Poor Can Relate To Many Things:•Materially Poor•Being Spiritually Poor•Relationally poorWHO THINKS THAT THEY ARE RICH?Who Thinks that they are Poor?WHY?DEFINE SOMEONE WHO IS POOR…
Without money.Without enough money.Without power.Without education.Without access.Without health care.Socially excluded.So Let Us Try and Define POOR First:-Definitions.CENTRAL AMERICA
Absolute Poverty.A minimum standard often called thepoverty line but will vary from countryto countryMONGOLIACHINA
Relative PovertyPoor in relation to those around youPOLAND
Income Poverty.Less than a dollar a day. Or less moneythan that being defined as needed tolive in your country.
Human Poverty.Takes into account other factors such aslife expectancy, infantmortality, nutrition, literacy, lack offood and lack of clean water.
Basic Need PovertyThat goes beyond money and takes intoaccount such things that a person needsto survive in a given situation such asemployment and participation in thesociety that that person is in.
N.B. need to understand that a sociallyexcluded person(poor) may have a TVand a Car.
The Many Complaints ThatPoor People Would ExpressAre:-• That they are looked down on.• That they are blamed for problems.• That they are seen as feckless or undeserving.• That it is their fault that they are a problem.• That they are work shy.
For many that also brings anexpectation, one that says ‘I ought tobe treated badly, it’s what I deserve’.
CYCLE OF POVERTYPOVERTYHUNGERMALNUTRITIONHEALTHSCHOOLWORK SKILLSUNEMPLOYMENTLACK OF INCOMEPOVERTY Etc.,
Comment.Recently I heard a comment from aman working on repairing houses inKossavo, to help the returning refugees.He said EUROPEFRANCESPAINITALYGERMANYPOLANDLATVIAESTONIALITHUANIAGREATBRITAINIRELANDPORTUGALSWEDENFINLANDNORWAYSWITZERLANDAUSTRIABELGIUMNETHERLANDSICELANDLUXEMBOURGDENMARKBELARUSCZECHREP.UKRAINEROMANIAHUNGARYSLOVAKIAMOLDAVIA
“we are concentrating on putting roofson the houses that we can, we havestarted with those that need the leastrepair, because that is obviously thequickest way to get people in andsettled.
The only problem is that the housesleast damaged seem to belong to thepeople who were the most wellof, those who have the most seriouslydamaged properties are usually thepoorest people, so tragically we aresimply underlining the poverty andmaking the poorest people the worstcared for”
It Might Help Us To DefineRich• Lots of money• Lots of power• Lots of access
N.B. Access is particularlyimportantParticularly access to credit, or to land and resourcesHowever the rich might also be poor in terms of :• Relationships• Family• Good things that cannot be measured in money• In things like Love, Peace, Joy, Clean Conscienceetc
Who Are Where Are The Poor.• They exist in all countries.• However it should be obvious that the north of theworld is generally richer than the south.• The most affected people by poverty areCHILDREN.• The next most people affected by poverty areWOMEN. Yet we should note that it is womanwho actually are the main producer’s of the worldsgoods and wealth.
At the very beginning I talkedabout Good News What Is ThatGood News?Definitions
• My Value System• My World View(We all have a value system, and a world vieweven if we have never thought we had one andwe will live by it even unconsciously)• So I am a follower of Jesus• My world view and value system is thereforeaffected by that• My world View is that there is good news forthe poor
In Scripture it is Recorded thatJesus sends a message to hiscousin John The Baptist and says‘tell John that the poor have theGood news told them’
Let me first show you what the good news thatis being talked about does for the poor• It gives people Status• It gives people access• It gives people rights• It gives people value• It gives peoplepurpose• It gives people power• It gives peoplemeaning• It gives peoplewholeness• It gives people family• It gives peoplecommunity• It gives people accessto knowledge• It gives people accessto Wisdom
•RELATIONSHIPS.• COMMUNITY.• TANGIBLE THINGS‘that was what Jesus was sending themessage back to John about’to the poor now,
What Then Can YOU doWellWe Need to Start With Our OwnPersonal Integrity.
What do we do with the access that we have.What do we do with the power that we have.What do we do to benefit the lives of others.What have you got lets make a listWhat do we buy–Who are we.–What is our life style like.
We live in a Global Village• We are our brothers and sisters keepers.• We can become (influence for change)• We can become effective direction givers• We can Model a different way to be
What Can We Give.Sometimes moneySometimes expertiseSometimes accessSometimes powerTo empower someone they must be ableto bring something to the party.
ILLS:-I was working with a group of leaderswho were meeting with people from anAfrican country. The group asked thequestion “What can we do for you?What do you need: What can we sendyou?”AFRICA
At the close of the meeting theChairperson asked if anyone had anyfinal questions.I replied “Yes. What are they goingto do for us send to us, help us with?”Everyone looked at me in dumbfoundedsilence!
Important Principles:We must if wehave power find waysof not only giving butreceiving.We must hold onto the basicassumption that weDO NOT have it all.We really arepoor in someareas, even povertystricken and we needto be receivers.We will create 2ndclass citizens and adependency immaturementality unhelpful toeveryone if we do notrecognise and createmutual respect.We need bodymentality where all partsare necessary andcontribute.We need giving andreceiving, this done wellcan enhance mutualrespect and will empowerothers this is vital.
Perceptions• Describe a country that you would think ofas poorHOW MANY POSITIVE COMMENTSDID YOU WRITE?HOW MANY NEGATIVE COMMENTS DIDYOU WRITE?
We Need To CreateEmpower, Facilitate, Enrich, Enable
Sri Lank and some of the thingsour community has done there
We Have Addressed Some of theNeeds of the Poor By:-• Opening a shop. Employs two people• Opening print works employs two or three people• Opening a sowing factory employs around 5people• Opening a taxi service employs one person profitskeep his family and sends kids to school• Opened a School – Employs some 20 people• Opened a vocational training centre employs 2 –but gives loads of others chance of a job•
Kenya• Opened an orphanage• Opened a Garage• Opened a School• Opening as I speak Micro Finance programmeOn the basis of being our brothers / sisters keeperthis I think is all or our responsibility.