58: Fast. Forward. The End of Poverty.
In a recent article by Tom Krattenmaker of USA Today, he highlighted a new movement of next-generation of Christian leaders that are accepting “responsibility to right seemingly every global wrong you can name while restoring the credibility of publicly expressed Christianity in the process.” These are people of faith that are not seeking to “conquer America” but rather seek the common good in areas of justice and compassion. Krattenmaker appears favorable to this new breed of Christians and ends his article with these sentences:
Christians ready to go shoulder to shoulder with anyone to advance the greater good? Not exactly the form of religion we’ve been arguing about these past few decades.
Let’s see who’s ready to work with them. There’s a lot to be done.
An example of what’s birthing from this new movement is a new effort called 58: that seeks to end extreme poverty in our lifetime. Here’s a hopeful video introducing the concept:
58: is inspired by Isaiah 58, a passage in the Bible that calls the people of God to engage a true fast by participating in poverty-eradicating action. As stated on their website,
This is no call to slacktivism. We are impatient, committed Christ-followers with revolutionary intentions. We will work with perseverance and resolve for the lifting of the extremely poor, all 1.4 billion of them, and we will not be satisfied until that new reality has come.
58: is the collaborative work of several proven organizations partnering together in this anti-poverty work including: Compassion International, International Justice Mission, ECHO, Living Water International, Micah Challenge, World Relief, HOPE International, Plant with Purpose, Food for the Hungry, and CRWRC.
I’m thoroughly encouraged that people are coming together, regardless of background or religion, to end extreme poverty together. I hope to see more of these kinds of movements in other groups as well!