Poverty is something that everyone knows exists, and people think that poverty was something that only started recently. Well, I have some verses that shows that poverty not only was around the time of Jesus (about +2,000 years ago) but way before that. Even in the old testaent. But... God loves the poor. He shows that all through the bible. And for sponsors like us who have never really delt with true poverty (we can say "oh im poor" but go a week without the basic neccessities and you'll see how "poor" you really are) we sometimes can feel overhelmed. I know I have. And I think "Does Compassion help? I mean, what if the kids arnt ready to graduate the compassion program, and therefore never get the chance to get rid of poverty?" That is when I read God's Word. And in it He doesn't say that the poor are left for the slaughter like pigs. NO! He gives them hope. I am amazed when I see people in poverty. It puts my faith to downright shame. I have everything, so I can rejoice for being grateful to God for having everything. I may not have that car (I dont even have my drivers license.) I see at the dealership, but I have everything I NEED. And if i need to get somewhere, I can get there. I have food. I have shelter. I may not have a bed to sleep on (long story) but i have a couch, and I am probably the only person I know that wouldn't mind sleeping on a floor and give up my bed to my brother because his broke. Becuase I know it only last a few hours. (and I enjoy sleeping) But, i enjoy reading God's Word on the poor. I grew up in Pompano Beach, Florida which is the poorest area of Florida besides Miami. And its scary to have holes in the ceiling and one time i will never forget, I was in 5th grade and I watched a rat (yes a rat) come out of a hole in my house and take some food that was sitting near me and leave. And it was common. When we finally had money to fix somethings, we had the bathtub redone (it had cracks and it always leaked and it was rusted) and the workers instaling the tub kept getting sick becuase there were dead rats in the pipes. It was gross. And the crome was bad. But, thats where my heart comes in. When i was scared that I didnt have money to buy lunch at school or school supplies I prayed to God. I wasnt the greatest kid. I got into trouble allot. But, I never forget where i can from. And I dont want any child to feel the same way.
But, i look at these verses for hope and inspiration when I think of my situation and it makes my day brighter. Feel free to use them in a letter to your kids!
Deuteronomy 26:6-9 "But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer, putting us to hard labor. Then we cried out to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression. So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with miraculous signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
Job 5:8-16 "But if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. He bestows rain on the earth; he sends water upon the countryside. The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety. He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success. He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away. Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night. He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful. So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth."
Isaiah 25:4“ "You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the
ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall.”
Luke 6:20-21 “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours in the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.”
Luke 7:22 “So he replied to the messengers, ‘Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy
are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.’”
Luke 12:33 "Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys."
Proverbs 19:17“ He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.”
Matthew 19:20 “‘All these I have kept,’ the young man said. ‘What do I still lack?’ Jesus answered, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’"
Proverbs 29:7 “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”
Proverbs 19:17 “He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.”