“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed.”
On our recent mission trip to Tennessee, our team was asked
by one of the staff members of A.S.P., “Is the situation of poverty
At first, the question stunned us. Of course poverty is hopeless,
the poor have always been and will always be with us. The complexity
of social, political and cultural influences that contribute to
poverty are beyond any human capacity to understand or address. So
why do we go on missions to try and help poor people?
Our group concluded that while the situation of poverty may
be unavoidable, it is not without hope. The hope of the poor does
not lie in the fixing of houses or the alleviation of economic hardship.
Hope is found in the promise of relationship.
We spent time with the poor.
We shared meals with the poor.
We Witnessed to our faith in Jesus Christ with the poor.
We found hope in our common experience of God’s grace in
our lives and our connection as God’s children.
God’s grace in Jesus Christ is the answer to hopelessness.
Hopelessness is found in big cities as well as mountain hollers. It is
found in the homes of the affluent as well as the needy. Meeting the
physical needs of the poor is how Christ calls us into oneness with all
God’s children. The mission of the Gospel is to combat hopelessness.
Grace & Peace,