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Ways to Expose our Children to Hard Topics – resources

Organizations with Specific Curriculum for Kids:

RedCardKids (8 week DVD interactive curriculum).

Weave (A Blog with ideas on it)

Justice Kids (Activities/teaching to buy)

Harvest Ministries

  • free downloadable curriculum

Compassion International and World Vision resources

YWAM and Kids of Courage (under Voice of the Martyrs)

  • free and purchasable resources

Slavery:

DO: Underground Railroad Re-enactment or visit a historic trail

GO: Go to representatives and senators to advocate for those in slavery with petitions

WATCH: Stolen Childhoods DVD

READ: Iqbal or The Carpet Boy’s Gift

Poverty:

DO: Go barefoot for a week (feel for those without shoes)

DO: Build a community development project with Legos

DO: Wear the same clothes for a week…wash by hand

GO: Visit an AIDS clinic here. Contrast with AIDS in Africa

CRAFT: Make soccer balls out of plastic bags like in developing world countries (GAME—play soccer with it)

CRAFT: Give kids a bunch of recyclables that they have to make toys out of (Recycled magazine bead necklaces are really fun, as are cardboard box cars with bottle top lids as wheels.)

LEARN: Where you are among the wealthiest in the world:

GAME: Tribe by World Vision

WATCH: Journey to Jamaa at http://www.jamaa.worldvision.org or 58

Water:

DO: Do a Walk for Water

DO: Don’t use water in your home for a week. Walk to a friends’ house for a week for your water supply for all your needs.

Chart Water Use in Your home & compare it to other countries.

LEARN: Learn about bottled water (The Water Project website has a great deal of resources).

READ: A Long Walk to Water

WATCH: Sabina’s Shoes on YouTube

Girls:

DO: Host a WAR (Women at Risk) party to purchase these items made by women at risk while learning about them

WATCH: Girl Rising

READ: Beatrice’s Goat

GAME: Play a game (maybe a scavenger hunt of needed items), but give all the girls their instructions in a gibberish language

Hunger:

WATCH or DO: 30-Hour Famine Videos through World Vision

GAME: Split up kids and give some lots of animal crackers, some a few, some one or none to represent the distribution of food. Let them discuss their reactions to their differing food amounts and then reveal the hunger levels of different countries.

DO: Rice/Beans for a Month or Famine meal of Cornmeal/Soy Mush

READ: The Good Garden

DO: Digging out of recyclables for money or food tokens

Refugees of War/Immigrants:

GAME: Pack up a suitcase quickly as if having to flee in war

DO: Visit and serve a refugee family that recently moved here

GAME: Blindfold a child. Put balls on the ground in front of him/her and a prize somewhere around too. The balls represent mines that could kill or injure the child, but the prize is food (that the child’s family desperately needs).

READ: Four Feet, Two Sandals

WATCH: Under the Same Moon

Homeless:

DO: Eat out of can of beans/sleep on cardboard

GAME: Building a home out of different trash-like materials

GO: Sleep in a hostel downtown somewhere, visit urban ministries down there, and prayer walk!

CRAFT: Make homeless packs of food/toiletries with cards for homeless you might meet

WATCH: Pursuit of Happyness

READ: A Shelter in Our Car

Persecution/Faith:

GAME: Underground Church Service—Make secret signs to find the church, share small verse during the quiet, Have it get interrupted by the “police”.

CRAFT: Make parachutes for Bibles dropping down in closed countries—Voice of the Martyrs

DO: Write to prisoners from Voice of the Martyrs to see how precious and costly faith is.

READ: Window on the World Book about people of the world or Voice of the Martyrs Magazine

WATCH: Voice of the Martyrs animated movies

Exhibits around the country that allow you to walk through the stories and sights/sounds of poverty and oppression:

World Vision AIDS Experience Exhibit (traveling)

REAL Life Exhibit with Medical Teams International in Oregon

Traveling Compassion Int. Experience

Wayumi in Pennsylvania – a retreat center of New Tribes Missions teaching about indigenous people

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Adult Mission Books – my favorites

Hole in Our Gospel by Rich Stearns—Rich Stearns, President of World Vision USA, reveals his journey to become involved with relief and community development work and with God’s work on his heart. He gives great detail and personal openness about his own story and the stories of those he has met in developing countries. His second book is called Unfinished and an amazing global devotional called He Walks Among Us

Terrify No More by Gary Haugen, President of the International Justice Mission, writes about one particular planned raid in Cambodia to free some girls who are slaves in a brothel. You read actual stories of girls and an intense, true account of lives risked to save others.

Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker—An incredibly witty, thoughtful, and honest account of a pastor’s wife whose heart became broken for the least of these, leading her and her husband to start a church plant that meets the needs of urban and global poor. Easy to connect with and unintimidating, but still inspiring. Another amazing book of hers is Seven.

Dangerous Surrender by Kay Warren—Awesome account of Kay Warren (wife of Rick Warren who authored Purpose Driven Life and is pastor of Saddleback Church in California) and her journey of getting her heart broken into action for HIV/AIDS. Well written and honest. She has a newer book titled Say Yes to God, which is wonderful as well.

One Million Arrows by Julie Ferwerda—Wonderful perspective of seeing our children as our arrows into the world (Isaiah 49), and then goes on to inspire more youth ministry and adoption.

 Christians in an Age of Wealth: A Biblical Theology of Stewardship by Craig L. Blomberg—Great scriptural engagement with God’s view of stewardship in a Christian’s life and tackling with some of the basics of how we are to live.

Serving with Eyes Wide Open by David A. Livermore—A wise introduction to short-term missions.

Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins – Extremely important read on racial injustice

Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton – A wise critique on how much of charity work is carried out and better alternatives for sustainable solutions

Another other great devotionals are For the Least of These edited by Laurie Delgatto!

Just Courage by Gary Haugen—President of IJM writes extraordinarily about being brave to stop horrible things in this world. My favorite part is the amazing stories at the end of the book. His first book was Good News about Injustice. He has a new one out, The Locust Effect.

Fields of the Fatherless by Tom Davis—Really wonderful explanation of God’s heart for the downcast and least of these. Well written with true, personal stories throughout. God reveals His heart for the orphan through the scriptures that Tom doesn’t allow us to escape from. Another great book by him is Red Letters.

Son of God is Dancing by Adrian Plass—Best, easiest read to explain how the AIDS epidemic got so bad in Africa. Gives personal stories so it is less easy to judge mass groups of people and see how the disease crept up and took lives like a thief. Also has a great deal of hope!

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado—In a way that only he can, Lucado inspires us to use our life in ways that really matter. He also wrote Live to Make a Difference.

Awake by Noel Brewer Yeatts—Important and impactful stories from around the world about caring for one person at a time.

Overrated by Eugene Cho—An challenge to stop talking about justice/mercy and start doing it.

He Walks Among Us by Richard and Renee Stears—An extraordinary devotional that brings the reader into the lives of the poor/oppressed, while reflecting on God’s work in our lives.

Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices by Julie Clawson—How do our everyday choices and purchases affect the world for God and love for God?

Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn—These authors highlight some of the issues that plague oppressed and poor women globally through real stories, as well as reveal ways that they can be alleviated and empowered.

Global Soccer Mom by Shayne Moore—An inspiring account of how God allowed an ordinary soccer mom to be part of the beginning of the ONE campaign. Encouraging for us all. She also coauthored Refuse to Do Nothing and is working on another book.

A Thousand Sisters by Lisa Shannon—So hard to read, but important to not look away and to weep with the children and women in Congo who are still being used right now as weapons of war (through killings, rape, and mutilation).

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah—A boy recounts his real-life experience as a boy soldier in Sierra Leone. Gives real, personal insight into its horror. Well written.

Mission Minded Family by Ann Dunagan—Extraordinary ideas to include not just missions, but actual missionaries as heroes throughout. Encourages intentional parenting toward missions. Mission Minded Child is similar in style but full of loads of different resources and thoughts.

The Middle of Everywhere by Mary Pipher—A great book explaining refugees in our country.

Not for Sale by David Batstone—Overview of human trafficking and what we can do to help.

Faith in Action BIBLE—Put out by World Vision, it has pictures, stats, and amazing study notes throughout so we can read our Bible and not miss God’s heart on every page!

Poverty and Justice BIBLE—Highlights God’s heart for justice and includes extra study. Supported by many major relief and justice organizations.

I am Najood, Age 10 and Divorced by Najood Ali—Given in marriage at age 10 (not uncommon in her area), Najood decides to break the norm and fight her way out of it. Heartbreaking and amazing.

Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis and Beth Clark—Katie Davis was 18 and fell in love with Uganda. She gave up college and all of the “comforts” and family of America to become the mom of 13 adopted girls and lead hundreds of kids to Christ and education through her ministry, Amazima. Insightful, educational, inspiring.

Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton—An important read for anyone doing justice, relief, inner-city and missions work.  It addresses how we help people without hurting them.  You’ll be surprised how necessary and convicting it is to read.

Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibigaza—She tells of 91 days she spent in a cramped bathroom hiding with seven other starving women during the Rwandan genocide.

Deepening the Soul for Justice by Bethany Hoang—An extraordinary read and devotional regarding gaining a heart for justice as well as the essential time with God in any compassion and justice work.

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Good to read, but even better when listening

Books that are also powerful in Audio form

The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun and Paul Hattaway—Amazing testimony of a pastor in the underground, persecuted church of China.

Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong and Mark Tabb—A lost boy from Sudan tells of his journey to a family and all the way to the Olympics. AMAZING!

The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson—The amazing beginning of Teen Challenge in the hardest parts of NYC.

Love Has a Face by Michele Perry and Heidi Baker—Missionary work in Sudan, full of miracles and God’s heart.

In the Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham and Dean Merrill—Held hostage in missionary work in the Philippines.

I Dared to Call Him Father by Bilquis Sheikh—A Muslim woman risks everything to know Jesus.

Peace Child and Lords of the Earth by Don Richardson—New Guinea and Iranian missions.

End of the Spear by Steve Saint—The story of Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, and others who were martyred by Auca Indians in missionary work.

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Youth and Teen Novels

Youth/Teen Novels (Not all Christian, but still culturally significant)

Tales of the Forgotten by Beth Guckenberg – Goes through the stories of many around the world.  She has 3 other similar books.

The Teen Guide to Global Action by Barbara A Lewis – not necessarily a Christian book, but inspiring and gets ideas sparked

Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai—A girl is separated from her parents by the Taliban and has a plan to relocate her parents.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia—three girls travel to look for their mother who abandoned them, set in the 60s.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio—A boy with a severe facial deformity is mainstreamed in school—deals with everything.

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai—Escaping Vietnam, a girl with her family comes to live in America.

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper—About a girl with cerebral palsy.

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park—A boy named Salva, during a long two-hour walk for water becomes one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan.”

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis—Another insightful book about living in Afghanistan.

Iqbal by Francesco D’Adamo—Pakistan girl sold to carpet factory.

Real Kids Adventure Series by David Gustaveson—Mission adventure fiction books.

Airquest Adventure Series by Jerry Jenkins—Mission adventure fiction books.

Found in Translation by Roger and Kristi Bruner—Girl finds her faith and perspective on a mission trip.

YWAM’s International Adventures Series

My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McKay—Danger and adventure on a mission trip.

I Would Die for You by Brent and Dianna Higgins—Challenge by a 15-year-old to be willing to die for Christ.

If We Survive by Andrew Klaven—A group of kids stuck in danger during a mission trip.

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Children’s Books with Global Themes

Children’s Books

The Good Garden by Katie Smith Milway—WONDERFUL! About a teacher that changes a village by coming in and teaching about plants and giving power to the people.

I Walk for Water by Lindsey Andrews – A little boy has to walk for water and you see he misses because of it

If You’re Missing Baby Jesus by Jean Gietzen—Amazing book for Christmas time: true story about a family who encounters a family in need at Christmas. It changes them all.

Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting and Ronald Himler—A moving book about a homeless boy and his dad who live in the airport moving from terminal to terminal to not get caught. Reading Rainbow also has the book on DVD with additional real stories from kids and families who are homeless and people who help them.

A Shelter in Our Car by Monica Gunning—A little girl and her mom live in their car.

Material World by Peter Menzel—Photos and families from around the globe. Really good looks at some lives in other places.

The Carpet Boy’s Gift by Pegi Deitz Shea and Leane Morin—Children stuck in a carpet factory learn of possible freedom

Mohammed’s Journey (A Refugee Diary) by Anthony Robinson and Annemarie Young—True story of a boy fleeing Iraq.

Hamzat’s Journey (A Refugee Diary) by Anthony Robinson—True story of a boy leaving Chechnya after a run in with a landmine (there are more Refugee Diaries than these).

Kids Against Hunger by Jon Mikkelsen—Some kids try to figure out why their friend is ditching them at soccer, only to find that he is helping at a food kitchen.

Little Critter—Just Critters Who Care by Mercer Mayer—1st Reader book: Kids learn about a neighbor and decide to help. Really cute.

Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams—A sweet and eye-opening book about a refugee camp in Pakistan. Two girls each find one sandal of a matching pair off of a refugee truck after not having any shoes of their own. They decide how to deal with it between each other.

A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting—A Latino immigrant grandfather teaches his grandson integrity.

One Smile by Cindy McKinley—One girl decides to smile and it has an effect on person after person after person.

CUMBAYAH by Floyd Cooper—The famous song used as a prayer with beautiful accompanying photos from around the world.

The Lord’s Prayer by Tim Ladwig—The Lord’s Prayer with beautiful pictures of a girl walking with her father through the inner city.

Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier—A girl’s life changes because of the gift of a goat.

Window on the World by Daphne Spragget and Jill JohnstonePraying for different kids in different countries.

Every Child Everywhere by Debby Anderson—Reminder about every kid everywhere being made by God.

For Every Child by UNICEF—The rights of the child in word and pictures.

Not Forgotten by Cal Ainley—A little African girl’s journey to a needed surgery.

Papa, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M Joosse—An African father’s everlasting love.

My Sister, Alicia May by Nancy Tupper Ling—A book about a little girl with Down syndrome.

In Jesse’s Shoes by Beverly Lewis—A sister realizes God’s perfection in her special needs brother.

Tight Times by Trina Schart Hyman—A boy’s family is changing because money is really tight and things are hard with everyone.

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts—A boy struggles with not having the same shoes as everyone else.

One Hen by Katie Smith Milway—The change in a family when a small loan is given (true story).

Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson—Random acts of kindness for a little girl have unending positive effects.

A Life Like Mine by Unicef—More visuals and facts about how children live around the world.

My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits—A girl from Korea moves to the USA and is scared to start school.

The Can Man by Laura E. Williams—A couple kids go from judgment and discomfort to helpfulness and relationship with a kind homeless man.

Mimi’s Village by Katie Smith Milway—A picture book about how healthcare transforms a village.

The Small One—A Good Samaritan by Katherine Brown—A different story based on one we all know.

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Update: Family and Children Teaching Resources

Children’s Resources

Voice of the Martyrs Torchlighters DVDs

YWAM Missionary Biography Books, International Adventure Series and downloads

Lightkeepers Series Books

Trailblazer Series Books

Reel Kid Adventures books

Brickman Adventures Audio Stories

10/40 VBS Materials

WMU—Missions Magazines for Kids, Family Mission Trips

 

VBS

Voice of the Martyrs

Regulard Baptist Press

10/40 Window

WMU

 

Websites with extra resources

World Vision

Compassion

IJM

Justice Kids

Stand Up For Kids/Pioneers

Harvest Ministry

Kids of Courage—Bold Believer Series

Wycliff

YWAM—Mission opportunities/Training

Perspectives Journey

One Mission Kids

My Passport to India

WeaveFamily

SIM Kids

OM New Zealand

WindowKids

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Mission Quotes that Kick My BUTT

“Sacrificial giving is one of the few times God asks us to test Him. Yet for many years I found myself unwilling to accept the challenge. I was willing to tithe but not willing to go beyond what I felt comfortable giving. Leaving our comfort zone, however, is the very place God calls us to. He wants us to venture into truly abundant giving. He wants us to get out from under our own selfishness with our possessions and accept His invitation to become radically obedient with what we own. Then, not only will He bless us, but He will lavish blessing upon blessing on us.”
Lysa Turkurst

“For the sake of more than a billion people today who have yet to even hear the gospel, I want to risk it all. For the sake of twenty-six thousand children who will die today of starvation or preventable disease, I want to risk it all. For the sake of an increasingly marginalized and relatively ineffective church in our culture, I want to risk it all. For the sake of my life, my family, and the people who surround me, I want to risk it all.” David Platt

This is not a quick-fix world, despite God’s power. And when the poor don’t get it right away — that is, that sweet Jesus loves them — the born-againers leave the scene, shaking the dust from their feet. Rather than listening to the Spirit of the poor, these proselytizers listen to their own safe, untested selves and to their own self-congratulatory gospel of salvation. In doing so they miss the bruised hearts of others. They miss, I think, the heart of Jesus, so complex, open, and long-suffering.”
Gary Smith – Jesuit Priest serving the poorest of the Urban poor

“It is our loss. We all bear this burden. The weight of a child’s preventable death is added to our shoulders over twenty thousand times every day. The burden of lost opportunity increases with each name added to the list. But we can choose to lift this weight. It’s up to us to make this world a place where kids do not die from preventable causes. Before we chart a course of action, we must confront a fundamental problem: Many good people doubt that the weight can be lifted. Perhaps you doubt it too. Possible in theory, Perhaps, but we don’t expect success anytime soon. I understand that doubt. I’ve felt it too. But it is possible. We even have a plan that will work. But before we can act on that plan, we must first break free from the tyranny of low expectations. I want to lift your expectations of what is possible, of the future, yourself, the Church, even your expectations of God.”
Scott C. Todd – Compasstion International

Not, how much of my money will I give to God, but, how much of God’s money will I keep for myself?   John Wesley
“It’s the greatest poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”  Mother Teresa

“Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it.”
“Well, why don’t you ask Him?”
“Because I’m afraid He would ask me the same question.” Anonymous

“When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.”   Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun

“I spend half my time comforting the afflicted, and the other half afflicting the comfortable.”
Wess Stafford (President of Compassion International)

Go, send, or disobey. – John Piper

Most good things have been said far too many times and just need to be lived.” Shane Claiborne

“A life lived listening to the decisive call of God is a life lived before one audience that trumps all others – the Audience of One.”                             Os Guinness The Call

“Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in your beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken.”             Rich Mullins
“A faith…which stops with that belief that being ‘saved’ is the whole Christian experience, is dead and denies Christ’s concern for all mankind. It is like a baby dying in infancy; the child may be born healthy, but his life will have little or no impact on others. Grasping this concept was a turning point for me, as it is, I suspect, for many Christians. God, I now understood, was working a powerful transformation in my thought habits and forcing me to think about what it really means to live as a disciple of Christ.”      Chuck Colson
“God listened to the cried of this world, and out of his depths of compassion, as shown to us in Christ’s death on t he cross, moves us, the people in whom he incarnates his love, to dry tears, heal wounds, set prisoners free, and break the yokes of oppression. That is why Christian community development insists that people locate themselves in the community of pain they desire to impact with the love of God.”
John Perkins

“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”                                                         Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Have the courage to live under strain and pain to be a part of a better story. A larger story. Don’t wimp out.”       Beth Moore
“I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial… I thought I knew a good deal about it all, I was sure I should not fail.”      Winston Churchhill
“The greatest handicap is to have sight and no vision.”    Helen Keller

“‘Not called!’ did you say?
‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say.
Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face — whose mercy you have professed to obey — and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world. —  William Booth – founder of the Salvation Army

World Vision International Motto:
“Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness;
Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.”

“If they are in need and I do not respond, the love of God simply isn’t in me.”
Gary Haugen – President of IJM
“God is always at work around you. He is working to bring about world redemption through His Son Jesus Christ.” Henry Blackaby
“In God’s name, I cry out: Why can’t there be thousands and thousands of churches all across our world that meet the needs of the whole person in the name of the Lord whom we worship and follow?”  Ronald Sider
“Anyone wanting to proclaim the glory of Christ to the ends of the earth must consider not only how to declare the gospel verbally but also how to demonstrate the gospel visibly in a world where so many are urgently hungry.” Scott Todd
“People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives … and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.”                                                                   — Nate Saint, missionary martyr
“A day will come when each of us steps into an unimaginable eternal life. I don’t think our memories of our time on earth will be erased. And I desperately want mine to be worth remembering.”       Scott Todd
Jim Elliot’s journal: “God I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life and may I burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like You, Lord Jesus.”
Quoted by Elizabeth Elliot in Shadow of the Almighty

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” Dr. Suess

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.” T. E. Lawrence

“The only really happy people are those who have learned how to serve.” Rick Warren

“The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.”                                             Henry Martyn, missionary to India and Persia
“Shouldn’t the pulpits across America have flamed with exhortations to rush to the front lines of compassion? Shouldn’t they be flaming today? Shouldn’t churches be reaching out to care for the children in such desperate need? How could the great tragedy of these orphans get drowned out by choruses of praise music in hundreds of thousands of churches across our country? Sitting in a hut in Rakai, I remember thinking, How have we missed it so tragically, when even rock stars and Hollywood actors seem to understand?” Rick Stearns Hole in the Gospel

“Churches today are tragically split between those who stress conversion but have forgotten its goal, and those who emphasize Christian social action but have forgotten the necessity for conversion.”   Jim Wallis
“Again, no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Some people can fast and pray about social sin. Others can study and speak out. What about you? Get out of your comfort zone for Christ’s sake. Why not teach an inner-city Bible study? Use your vacation to build houses in hurricane-ravaged towns? Run for public office? Help a farmer get an ox?”  Max Lucado
“Note that Jesus did not say, ‘Isolate yourself in a holy huddle.’ The Great Commission isn’t ‘Go into your gate-guarded Christian cul-de-sac and hide out.’ It is ‘Go, and as you go, make disciples.’”   Timothy Smith
“God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them.”   Mother Teresa
“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment in how they carry it.” Gregory Boyle

“Tim Dearborn of World Vision’s Christian Commitment team, an often-prophetic voice among us, recently said, ‘Our job is to connect those who are rich in commodities with those who are rich in community.’ Isn’t that beautiful? Who’s poor? Who’s rich? We all are. What we have, they need. Sometimes desperately. What they have, we need. Just as desperately.”   Cory Trinda
“A good place to start is by making a commitment to support a child through the sponsorship programs of such organizations as Compassion International and World Vision. For less than a dollar a day, you can feed, clothe, educate and evangelize a child in a Third World Country.”
Tony Campolo
“Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.”
Bob Pierce (Founder of World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse)

I don’t preach a social gospel; I preach the Gospel, period. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is concerned for the whole person. When people were hungry, Jesus didn’t say, “Now is that political or social?” He said, “I feed you.” Because the good news to a hungry person is bread.
Desmond Tutu
“We are the first generation that can look extreme and stupid poverty in the eye, look across the water to Africa and elsewhere and say this and mean it: we have the cash, we have the drugs, we have the science – but do we have the will? DO we have the will to make poverty history? Some say we can’t afford to. I say we can’t afford not to.” Bono U2
“Clearly, Jesus ‘explicitly connected discipleship with concern for social justice (Luke 6:27-36) and made it clear that compassion for the needy is one measure by which he will recognize his followers (Matthew 25:31-46)’. ‘ For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…Truly I saw to you, to the extent you did it to me’. Jesus, the incarnation of God’s justice, draws us both to act in this world and to eagerly await the consummation, when Jesus will bring justice victoriously.” Wendy Sanders
“There are several billion reasons to consider his challenge. Some of them live in your neighborhood; others live in jungles you can’t find and have names you can’t pronounce. Some of them play in cardboard slums or sell sex on a busy street. Some of them walk three hours for water or wait all day for a shot of penicillin. Some of them brought their woes on themselves, and others inherited the mess from their parents. None of us can help everyone. But all of us can help someone. And when we help them, we serve Jesus.” Max Lucado.
“Only a life given away from love’s sake is a life worth living. To bring His point home, God shows us a man who gave His life away to the extent of dying a national disgrace without a penny in the bank or a friend to His name. In terms of men’s wisdom, He was a perfect fool, and anybody who thinks he can follow Him without making something like the same fool of himself is laboring under not a cross but a delusion.”                Philip Yancey
“We clearly don’t comprehend how personally Jesus takes it when we love justice. He is so utterly identified with the afflicted that there is nothing more obedient, more pleasing, more central than serving Him in the marginalized.” Jen Hatmaker
“I didn’t believe it was possible to tell a child about the love of Christ without simultaneously showing her that love by feeding her, clothing her, inviting her in. If a child has never known what love is, how can we expect him to accept the love of his Savior until we first make that love tangible? I wanted these children to know life to the fullest in a relationship with Him here on earth, and life everlasting with Him in heaven later.” Katie Davis in Kisses from Katie
“Ours is the wealthiest generation of Christians ever. We are bright, educated, and experienced. We can travel around the world in twenty-four hours or send a message in a millisecond. We have the most sophisticated research and medicines at the tips of our fingers. We have ample resources. A mere 2 percent of the world’s grain harvest would be enough, if shared, to erase the problems of hunger and malnutrition around the world. There is enough food on the planet to offer every person twenty five hundred calories of sustenance a day. We have enough food to feed the hungry. And we have enough bedrooms to house the orphans. Here’s the math. There are 145 million orphans worldwide. Nearly 236 million people in the United States call themselves Christians. From purely a statistical standpoint, American Christians by themselves have the wherewithal to house every orphan in the world”   Max Lucado
“If you have 2 coats, you’ve stolen one from the poor.” Dorothy Day
“Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell.”   C.T. Studd
“The story of God accomplishing His mission is the plot of the entire Bible. God’s mission is the backbone upon which the Bible is built and is best understood. Therefore, God’s mission is the reason there is a Bible at all.” Steve Hawthorne

“He who is dying of hunger must be fed rather than taught” Saint Thomas Aquinas

“Girls in poor countries are particularly undernourished, physically and intellectually. If we educate and feed those girls and give them employment opportunities, then the world as a whole will gain a new infusion of human intelligence – and poor countries will garner citizens and leaders who are better equipped to address those countries’ challenges. The strongest argument we can make to leaders of poor countries is not a moral one but a pragmatic one: If they wish to enliven their economics, they had better not leave those seams of human gold buried and unexploited.” Half the Sky

While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight; I’ll fight to the very end!   General William Booth – founder of Salvation Army
‘When you think you can’t stand the pain one more second and want to wipe out all of the evil in the world, know that God’s passion to destroy evil is even greater. You now get to taste just a portion of the anguish God feels about our broken world.” Mike Constantz

“Facing up to human evil – and especially the magnitude and malevolence of contemporary evil – is disturbing….Finding the words to come to terms with the unspeakable is crucial to facing up to it and to overcoming the fear that is so widespread in today’s world, but exploring the challenge of evil need not be depressing; indeed, it may be bracing, even inspiring.”  Os Guiness

“Rather than look away from such ugliness, Christians have to actually go looking for it.”
Gary Haugen

I want to live a life that demands an explanation Shiela Walsh
God has a plan to help bring justice to the world — and his plan is us.                                     Gary Haugen
“If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full.” John Piper

“This is the good news Jesus came to deliver – the good news of God’s intervention to help his people. Jesus didn’t simply call people to repentance and then walk away, his work complete. No, he walked among the people. He touched the. He healed them. He called them to a better way of living and revealed himself as the hope of the poor. We, as Christ-followers, are called to continue the work Jesus began. What does this mean? It means we have to embody the good news. It means we have to do all we can to end poverty, to feed the hungry, and to find homes for the homeless. It means we have to listen to that inner voice crying for justice and act on it.”  Tom Davis
“The only thin necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke
“Somebody loved you enough to take your suffering on himself. Somebody was willing to let what was crushing you crush him. As his bond slaves – those who serve the Master out of love, not duty – we, too, move into our neighborhoods and cities looking for those who are being crushed and broken by suffering and offer to suffer with them.” Kay Warren

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