Empowering the Poor

poverty_children_pictures-240x151Want to change the world? … We really can by partnering with the poor, the afflicted, and the abused by giving our time and money. Look at what others are doing (below) and join in or start your own outreach.

God’s word expresses His heart for the downtrodden

Pslam 82:3-4 — Defend the poor and the fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy and deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.

Isaiah 61:1– The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has annointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners.

Ezekiel 34:16 — I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken, and strengthen the sick; but the fat and strong I will destroy.

Luke 4:18 — The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because he annointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

James 1:27 — Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Organizations Working Internationally
Children’s HopeChest believes that every orphan has the right to know God, experience the blessing of family, and have the opportunity to develop independent living skills.

ECHO networks with community leaders in developing countries to seek hunger solutions for families growing food under difficult conditions.

kiberaEngineering Ministries International (EMI) is a non-profit Christian development organization made up of architects, engineers and design professionals who donate their skills to help children and families around the world step out of poverty and into a world of hope.

heifer_logo_tagHeifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth by “passing on the gift.” As people share their animals’ offspring with others – along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.

International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.

kiva-logoleafy3Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world.

oxfam_logoOxfam International is a confederation of 13 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change. We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

At Tearfund we’re focussing on five main areas. They’re what we consider the fundamentals that need to be addressed in the fight against poverty – 1) HIV, 2) tackling disasters, 3) challenging injustice, 4) restoring the environment, and 5) water, sanitation, and basic services. Tearfund is a U.K. based charity.

World Neighbors is an international development organization striving to eliminate hunger, poverty and disease in the poorest, most isolated rural villages in Asia, Africa and Latin America. World Neighbors invests in people and their communities by training and inspiring them to create their own life-changing solutions through programs in agriculture, literacy, water, health and environmental protection.

Advocacy Organizations
bfw-logo-2008Bread for the World (BFW) is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity far beyond the communities in which we live.

Catholics Confront Global Poverty is an effort of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) call on one million Catholics in the United States to confront global poverty. Advocate with us to end hunger, disease, conflict, and other issues that affect the lives of our brothers and sisters worldwide.

ONE is a grassroots campaign and advocacy organization backed by more than 2 million people from around the world and every walk of life who are committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

Reject Apathy is a new site soon to be launched by Relevant Magazine as an on-line community for world changers. Here’s a sample of what is to come (articles from March-April 2009 print issue).

dorothy-day-center-photoSojourners’ mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world.

Millenium Development Goal (MDG) Programs

The Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. another United Nations MDG site

Micah Challenge USA is a Christian campaign that is part of a global Micah Challenge campaign. Our aims are to deepen our engagement with impoverished and marginalized communities; and to challenge leaders to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and so halve absolute global poverty by 2015!

Governmental Programs – U.S.
The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was launched in 2003 to combat global HIV/AIDS – the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease in history. In 2008, a Reauthorization Act was signed into law, authorizing up to $48 billion over the next 5 years to combat global HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

usaid_logo_newUSAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting: economic growth, agriculture and trade; global health; and, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. We provide assistance in five regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia; Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Eurasia; and the Middle East.

Networks of Relief and Development Organizations
aerdo-logo_webAERDO (Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations) is a professional forum for non-profit Christian agencies and individuals engaged in relief and development work.

interaction-logoInterAction (American Council for Voluntary International Action) is the largest coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people.

Find a Charity you Can Trust / Evaluate Where your Donor Dollars are Going
charity-nav-logoCharity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of over 5,300 of America’s largest charities.

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) is an accreditation agency dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn the public’s trust through adherence to Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™. It provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, fund-raising and board governance.

ServantMatch™ is an ECFA online feature that allows you to quickly and easily find stewardship opportunities. ServantMatch™ allows you to search for opportunities that match your interests by providing a search by ministry sector, category, keyword and/or geographic location. The giving opportunities are only with organizations that are ECFA members—committed to accountability and integrity in their stewardship practices.

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