It’s Not OK

Download the free eBook, The Remarkable Truth About Ending Poverty.

Download the free eBook, The Remarkable Truth About Ending World Poverty.

World poverty is not OK with God, and it shouldn’t be OK with us. 18,000 children die every day of preventable causes, but many of us wonder if we can make a difference in the face of such a grim number.

Listen to this episode to learn how people like you can actually make an impact on world poverty. We’ll answer:

  • What small and simple steps can help one person living in poverty?
  • What is a graduation plan and why is it important?
  • Is it better to focus on one issue or many problems at once?

Download the free eBook on this topic, The Remarkable Truth About Ending World Poverty.

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Meet the President of Food for the Hungry, Gary Edmonds

Gary-EdmondsIn this special episode of Poverty Unlocked, we feature the recording of a conference call between U.S. church leaders and the President and CEO of Food for the Hungry, Gary Edmonds.

During the call, Gary shared his heart for the Church and a vision for ending poverty.

Gary Edmonds has come to FH with a strong background of church leadership. He has planted and led churches both in the United States and abroad. He served as Senior Associate Pastor of Mariners Church, a multi-campus church based in Irvine, California. He also led Crossroads Church in Geneva, Switzerland. He has served with Churches Together as well as leading other organizations.

Gary served on the board of FH for eight years before accepting the role of President and CEO in 2014.

To learn more about church partnerships at FH or to learn about future conference calls and webinars, visit FH Church Engagement.

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God’s Surprising Solution to Poverty

Is clean water the solution to poverty? Or is it health care? Education, perhaps?

In this audio episode, Wendy McMahan speaks from years of experience in serving vulnerable communities and observing transformational development through the work of Food for the Hungry.

Journey with Wendy as she unpacks what it means to “consider the poor.” (Psalm 41:1) God’s solution to poverty just might surprise you.

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PU 046: Why Ideas Matter

Anne Brown reveals the invisible causes of poverty: ideas. Examples from Guatemala, Zimbabwe, and India show the transformational effects that biblical ideas can have on impoverished communities—and the tragic consequences of destructive ideas.

Anne Brown is Regional Manager of Global Engagement at Food for the Hungry. If you enjoyed this episode, listen to Anne share the benefits of having personal relationships with the poor.

Also mentioned in this episode! Audio from Summit 2010: The Truth about Poverty is now online. Check out the workshops below.

The Truth about Child Sponsorship with Jewel Anita Hendrix
The Truth about Physical Poverty with Victor Cortez
The Truth about the Human Soul
with Paul Wilson
The Truth about Serving with Steve Corbett
The Truth about Prayer
with Darryl Delhousaye
International Staff Panel
with FH field staff

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PU 045: Six Steps to End Poverty (Laying the Foundation #4)

Why do people remain poor?

This episode addresses six obstacles to positive change for people living in poverty. When all six of these obstacles are lifted, the change process can occur.

  1. Lack of education
  2. Lack of resources
  3. Human sinfulness
  4. Satanic deception
  5. Lack of supportive people
  6. Presence of opposition

When I explained this lesson to my 5- and 6-year-old daughters, here’s the language they understood for describing the six obstacles.

  1. No school
  2. No money
  3. Sin
  4. Satan
  5. Nobody helping
  6. Mean people

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PU 040: Walking With The Poor

In this interview, Bryant Myers responds to three questions…

  • What is your definition of poverty?
  • What is your definition of transformation?
  • What is the biggest challenge facing development workers today?

Dr. Bryant Myers is Professor of Transformational Development at Fuller Theological Seminary. Previously he served at World Vision International as Vice President for International Program Strategy. Myers’ most recent books include Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practice of Transformational Development and Working with the Poor: New Insights and Learnings from Development Practitioners.

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PU 039: When Helping Hurts

I had the opportunity to interview Brian Fikkert, co-author of When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… And Yourself.

In this conversation, Fikkert discusses…

  • Diagnosing the causes of poverty
  • How Western materialism has infected Christians’ work among the poor
  • How Christians can use their gifts to do meaningful ministry
  • Ministering out of brokenness

Dr. Brian Fikkert is Associate Professor of Economics and the founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College.

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PU 038: Ideas Matter (Laying the Foundation #3)

In this third foundational episode, we look at the roots of poverty. If we provide food, health, and education to people living in poverty, will we solve the problem? Or does poverty run deeper?

Key thoughts:

  1. Our understanding of how life works must be defined by God. (Romans 12:2)
  2. When we don’t listen to what God says about how life works, poverty happens somewhere. (Matthew 12:33-35)
  3. Our quality of life is based on the behaviors of ourselves and those around us, and those behaviors are ultimately rooted in beliefs and values.
  4. We must address the root causes of poverty—beliefs and values—in order to make lasting change.
  5. Before pointing fingers, American Christians should examine our own alignment to biblical values.

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PU 036: Church Partnerships

Alisa Schmitz answers questions about church partnerships. When a church in the U.S. partners with a community in the developing world, life change occurs on both sides of the relationship. The overseas community can be released from poverty, and the U.S. church can also learn and grow. Ultimately, church partnerships exist to bring about the Kingdom of God.

In this episode…

  1. The goal of long-term church partnerships
  2. Preparation for short-term mission trips and ongoing relationships (Matthew 10:9-10)
  3. Honoring the people we are serving (Ruth 2:15-16)
  4. Keys to ongoing, vibrant relationships

Learn more about Community-2-Community partnerships – long-term relationships between American churches and communities in the developing world.

Alisa Schmitz is Senior Director of Global Engagement at Food for the Hungry.

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PU 035: No Shortcuts (Laying the Foundation #2)

This episode is the second in a series called “Laying the Foundation,” an update on the introductory episodes of Poverty Unlocked.

“’I just brought you the kingdom of God, and it’s a size 7 pair of shoes. But don’t thank me! Thank God…’ Does that strike anybody else as a pretty shallow kingdom?”

There is a difference between converts and disciples. Missional living is connected to wholistic ministry, but we need to make one step beyond living missionally. We discuss handing out food and shoes, and how to share Christ without undermining our message.

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PU 032: The Birth of Poverty (Laying the Foundation #1)

This episode is the first in a series called “Laying the Foundation,” an update on the introductory episodes of Poverty Unlocked.

Poverty started in Genesis. It was solved by the Christ’s work on our behalf. Because of Christ’s work, poverty can be overcome today, and it will be completely solved when God brings about a new heaven and earth. Understanding the Biblical story of poverty helps us to understand how Christians should respond to injustice and worldwide needs.

Read Walking with the Poor by Bryant Myers to learn more about these foundational concepts.

Contact Wendy to request the new Poverty Unlocked 4-week curriculum for small groups and Sunday School classes.

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PU 029: The Poverty of Abundance

One billion people worldwide are overweight or obese, while another billion are hungry. Alisa Keeton shares her thoughts on one link between obesity and poverty.

Alisa Keeton is the creator of Weigh Less to Feed More. She credits Bryant Myers’ Walking with the Poor for shaping her discussion of poverty.

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PU 028: Conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo has experienced a 20-year civil war, with millions of deaths and internally displaced people. Chris Sheach shares the reality from his experiences on the ground in Congo.

Chris Sheach worked in the hotel and security industries, as well as two years in provincial government, before starting his relief and development career. He has worked in Vietnam, Indonesia, Mozambique, Burma and the DR Congo, and studied seven languages. Currently completing his Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management at York University, Toronto, he consults for Food for the Hungry Relief Unit as an Emergency Response Coordinator.

Read about Food for the Hungry’s response in Congo or the Food for the Hungry Relief Unit.

Prayer requests mentioned by Chris in this episode:

  • Pray for an end to the conflict in Congo
  • Pray for strength and support for church leaders
  • Pray for a spirit of reconciliation in Congo

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PU 027: Don’t Miss Christmas

Isaiah prophesied of a Messiah who would rescue the poor. At Christmas, we celebrate this Messiah… or do we?

Scripture references in this episode

  • Isaiah 9
  • Psalm 23
  • Matthew 11:28-30
  • Isaiah 11:1-5
  • Luke 4:16-21

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PU 026: Worms

Two billion people worldwide are affected by parasitic worms. These worms keep children’s bodies from absorbing the nutrients they need from the food they consume, affecting physical and intellectual development. In this interview, Karen Neiswender discusses the combination of interventions needed for children infected by worms: treatment, education and prevention.

Karen Neiswender provides technical support and training in the area of health to Food for the Hungry’s Child Development Program staff.  She develops health education curricula for FH staff to use with school age children.  Karen also collaborates with a Health Ministry Services Team to provide necessary support to other FH health programs.  Previously, Karen served as a Hunger Corps missionary for over four years in Guatemala, working with children and their families at the community level.  Karen’s professional background is in nursing and public health, focusing on maternal and child health.

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