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Jul 21, 2005

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Michael Kruse

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Anonymous said...
Remember this story:
In 1910 at the World Missions Conference in Edinburgh, the established missionary societies of the West divided the world in work areas so they would not get too much in each other's hair. These protestants decided also to stay out of Latin America, believing that, after all, it was Christianized already, by the Roman Catholic Church.
The Pentecostal movement, born in 1906, probably didn't know about this agreement, and sent missionaries to Peru and Chili, to work in the shanti towns. They didn't come with a social action plan, are you kidding, they were only interested in winning souls. That was part of their methods and ethos: a Christian is supposed to be actively involved in evangelism. If a young member of a church showed some gifts in evangelism, there is a good chance that his church would send him away to start a new church somewhere else in a shanti town.
These people were hopeless, but their faith gave them hope. They also accepted responsibility for others' salvation. It created an entirely different attitude in them. They started to see that education was necessary to get leadership skills.
To make a long story short: these Pentecostals, numbering well over one million now, are now predominantly middle class people, with many having college educations.
That's what hope did for them.
Fortunately, the government did not ruin everything for them, like governments have been doing in Africa.

July 22, 2005 9:59 AM

Michael Kruse

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CyberCelt said...
It is hard to have faith when you are hungry ...

In 2003, 36.3 million people, including 13 million children, in the United States did not have access to enough food for an active healthy life. Some of these individuals relied on emergency food sources and some experienced hunger.

Who is going hungry in the U.S.?

The face of hunger is the older couple who has worked hard for their entire lives only to find their savings wiped out by unavoidable medical bills; or a single mother who has to choose whether the salary from her minimum wage job will go to buy food or pay rent; or a child who struggles to concentrate on his schoolwork because his family couldn’t afford dinner the night before.

Aren't most of the people going to soup kitchens to blame for their own situation?

Almost 40 percent of households seeking emergency food banks assistance had one or more family member currently employed. Hunger is becoming a growing problem among the working poor.

If people are willing to work, why are they still at risk of going hungry?

United States has the highest wage inequality of any industrialized nation (Hunger in a Global Economy: Hunger 1998, Bread for the World Institute). People can work full-time, low-skill jobs and still not make enough money maintain a basic standard of living-buying food, paying their rent and medical bills, buying clothes for their children and affording a car so that they can travel to work.

How does hunger affect children?

Children are twice as likely to live in households where someone experiences hunger and food insecurity than adults. One in ten adults compared to one in five children live in households where someone suffers from hunger or food insecurity.

Child poverty is more widespread in the United States than in any other industrialized country; at the same time, the U.S. government does less than any industrialized country to pull its children out of poverty (What Governments Can Do: Hunger 1997, Bread for the World Institute).

Even relatively "mild" undernutrition—the kind of hunger we have in the United States—produces cognitive impairments in children which can last a lifetime, according to Dr. J. Larry Brown, director of the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University.

http://www.bread.org/hungerbasics/faq.html

Thought you might want to see this. I find it alarming that we can go to war to free another country and we cannot feed our youth and elders. God help us.

July 26, 2005 12:27 AM

Michael Kruse

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Michael W. Kruse said...
Thanks cybercelt. I hope to get to some of the issues you raise in a few posts. I am trying to do some Bible review before I get their. Hope you will check in and see what you think.

July 26, 2005 8:19 AM

zoozfan

Remember the days when someone would mention ioi group and the usual reaction was huh?

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