Christ the Hope of the Rich and Poor

27. December 2016 poverty, Water 0
It felt wrong to reach for my water bottle. The thirst was a perpetual itch just beyond hand’s reach. Throughout the week, we’d been traveling from one remote Zambian village to the next — each a nearly identical sprawl of thatched-roof houses, dirt paths and sun-scorched farmland. We were here to meet families in urgent ...

The Savior of Shepherds and Kings

The most wonderful season of the year has arrived.  It’s Christmas time! My job at Cross International has given me a new perspective on the first Christmas. Before I started visiting our ministry partners in developing countries, I had a very simple view of Christmas. I thought of Jesus’ birth as cute and cozy – ...

Wisely Using Our Resources

As a woman who enjoys a good sale, I’m always trying to get more “bang for my buck” by shopping at stores that offer discounts, deals and promotions. Not only do I want to make my money go farther, but I want to honor God as I manage the resources he has entrusted to me. ...

Those Less Fortunate

13. August 2013 poverty, spiritual 0
When we refer to the poor as “those less fortunate than us,” what do we mean? While hard work definitely plays a part in where we find ourselves in life, the phrase “less fortunate” acknowledges the fact that chance plays a part in our socioeconomic standing too. Some of us are born into wealthy families.  ...

Protestants and the Poor

26. March 2013 poverty 0
It turns out that evangelist Luis Palau shares something in common with the new Catholic Pope Francis I – they’re both from Argentina. What’s more, despite the obvious theological differences, they are also personal friends. Recently, Dr. Palau did an interview with Christianity Today about his insights, from a Protestant perspective, on the Pope. A ...

Christian Advocacy: Lessons from Moses

I often meet people who think that what we do at Micah Challenge is new—Christian advocacy for the poor and marginalized. Thankfully, we are not the first to heed this call, and there are many heroes we can draw inspiration from. God has been using his followers to hold political leaders accountable for generations. One ...

Advocacy as Christian Stewardship?

28. September 2012 poverty 1
We hear about people in extreme poverty and we are compelled to respond—largely our immediate response is to give money. Why do we give? Ultimately our money belongs to God so what better way to use it than to feed, clothe, and protect His most vulnerable children? Going a step further I’ve heard a number ...

Ringing in the New Year

2012 is here! And the blogosphere is buzzing with New Year’s resolutions, end-of-the-world theories, and political campaign predictions. With the holidays behind us, society’s focus has shifted a little more toward personal weight loss goals and a little less toward feeding the hungry. But of course, hunger never takes a holiday. I’m sure many people ...

A Cardboard Crib

08. December 2011 children, poverty 0
The Christmas tree was lit. The angels were dressed in white and gold. And the nervous laughter of my students filled the air as they waited for their parents and friends to find their seats. As the lights dimmed, I quickly placed the hay in the cardboard manger and prompted the kids to take their ...