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When Helping Your Neighbor, There’s Always Enough

There’s not enough time, not enough money, not enough margin. We can’t give more to help those in need; what if we don’t have enough for ourselves? It’s not about abundance or scarcity; it’s about sufficiency. […] Read More

Report: Global Hunger Rises by 11 Million in 2017

Almost 124 million people in 51 nations experienced acute hunger in 2017. This is an increase of 11 million persons from 2016, according to a report jointly authored by the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Programme (WFP) and European Union released on March 22. “Food insecurity refers to the lack of secure access to […] Read More

Most SNAP Participants Employed But in Unstable Jobs

A majority of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants are employed while receiving assistance but in positions with unstable hours resulting in income volatility, according a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) report released on March 13. The CBPP – a nonpartisan research and policy institute focused on poverty and inequality – reviewed U.S. […] Read More

Don’t Be Overwhelmed; We Can Eliminate Poverty

A challenging and potentially transformative command to enact an economic Sabbath is found in Deuteronomy 15:1-11. Every seven years, Hebrew creditors were to release the remaining debt of the loans given during the previous six years. Debt was the ultimate source of poverty then as it is now, so this was a year when poverty […] Read More

This Represents the Biggest Threat to Your Decency

Jesus tells us that in the end we will be judged on how we dealt with the poor in our lives, but there are already dangers now, in this life, in not reaching out to the poor. Here’s how Bryan Stevenson, in his book, “Just Mercy,” teases out that danger: “I’ve come to believe that […] Read More

3 Things Your Church Can Do to Curb Hunger, Obesity

The number of 5- to 19-year-olds who are obese will outnumber those who are moderately or severely underweight by 2022 if current trends continue. This projection in a mid-October World Health Organization (WHO)-Imperial College London report caught me off guard. I read the report summary twice to confirm I’d understood correctly. After all, we published […] Read More

Global Hunger on the Rise after Decade of Decline

The number of people experiencing hunger rose for the first time in a decade, according to the United Nations annual report, “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.” Last year, 815 million people experienced hunger globally – an increase of 38 million from 2015, though still below a high of 900 million […] Read More

U.S. Food Insecurity Declined in 2016, but Millions Still at Risk

Food insecurity in the U.S. declined for the fifth straight year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) annual report released last week. Even so, more than 15 million households were food insecure in 2016. According to USDA definitions, “food-secure households have consistent access throughout the year to adequate food for active healthy living […] Read More

Clean Water, Proper Sanitation Essential to Ending Poverty

Expanding access to clean water, along with proper sanitation and hygiene systems, is essential to ending global poverty, but often there is a gap between policy and implementation. This was a central emphasis in a new World Bank report based on studies of conditions in 18 nations, including Bangladesh, Guatemala, Nigeria and the West Bank. […] Read More

What is Your Church Doing for Labor Day Services?

Labor Day was established as an official U.S. holiday 123 years ago to recognize and celebrate workers on the first Monday of September. This day, the U.S. Department of Labor explains, “is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers” and recognizes “the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being […] Read More