A U.N. Task Force announced this week that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set for 2015 appear out of reach in much of Africain particular Sub-Saharan Africa. As the LA Times reports, More than 1 billion people worldwide were hungry last year, with insufficient nutrition a key factor in poor health and mortality.Although the proportion living on less than $1.25 a day declined, the overall number in poverty has risen to more than 400 million. Today marks the middle of a 3-day New York summit to address the MDGs and how to move forward.
I suspect the folks making those decisions could use our prayers and advocacy for justice on behalf of the desperately poor.
Recent research from Duke indicates that we hold common misperceptions of why people become poor (illness and debt top the list), and therefore miss ways to prevent poverty. We are also less likely to participate in response to poverty when we believe laziness or bad decision-making are its primary causes.
How are we engaging students in this conversationboth about the causes of poverty and possible solutions to helping those affected by it? With the rise of suburban poverty and homelessness across the U.S. (43.6 million are now living in poverty), how will we keep students eyes open to the needs both here and abroad?
I dont have easy answers to any of these questions, but I hope you can use a few of the free resources we created several years ago for World Vision in your ministry to help students Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed (Psalm 82:3). Perhaps together we can make the next MDGs report a little brighter.
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