I had to prepare a presentation recently, which caused me to reflect on the close connection between poverty and injustice, and how they are not two separate issues—rather, they are closely intertwined.
It is because the poor are the most vulnerable to unjust actions of others that they are exposed socially, spiritually and physically—sometimes without even a roof overhead or someone to speak up on their behalf as shown in Proverbs 31:8
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…”
Two articles I read about in the weekend papers brought this home again for me. The first was about the 200+ schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria. I couldn’t imagine this happening in Australia and if it did it wouldn’t take over a month to really get some action against it. The poor are really the most vulnerable. The second was about a family in India suffering to fulfil a generational debt that will never be repaid in the lifetime of any of the family now.
These are just two of a myriad more instances that never reach the papers.
Stories of children like Marie from Haiti, a Compassion assisted child whose schooling stopped for months after her classroom collapsed during the 2010 earthquake. Just one of many children whose education was not a priority and whose story is unlikely to make the news. Or like Tharu, a child in India,who watched his house be swallowed up in a mudslide. Thanks to Compassion, these children’s stories are known. Marie and Tharu have been assisted, but there are thousands more children in need whose stories are never heard.
In supporting the work of Compassion to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name, you are outliving Christ’s mandate as outlined in Proverbs 31:8 and reducing the risk of serious injustice being perpetuated against vulnerable families. This gives credence to the t-shirt that says “overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice”.
Thank you for supporting Compassion’s ministry to children around the world by praying, sponsoring, donating, speaking up on their behalf and providing a ‘roof overhead’.
P.S. Thousands of children around the world are in need of new homes, classrooms, halls and other buildings. It’s not too late to donate to Compassion’s Appeal. Visit www.compassion.com.au/appeal