Understanding the Cost of Poverty
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35
Often we detach ourselves from poverty and the effect that it has on people. We look at it as something that we are “working on” as a nation and donate to the cause when we can. But sometimes, it takes experiencing it, to really grasp the reality of poverty and what we can do to change it.
Tim Green, a 121 Member, recalls The Cost of Poverty Experience “C.O.P.E.” as being “an incredible reprogramming of his personal perspective of the daily life led by many in our neighboring communities and across the U.S.”
He remembers having a mindset, that most Americans above poverty level have, that those who live in lower standards just need to take advantage of all that America, “the land of opportunity,” has to offer. They need to “work harder, get better jobs, which would lead to better economic conditions.” But after C.O.P.E. he realized the emotion and anxiety that many experience every day.
He was surprised how near sighted those in poverty must be in order to live week to week, making sure that they obtain the funds to have food, clothing, transportation, and doctors visits.
So, as Christians, one of the best things we can do is attend the C.O.P.E. simulation to really get a better idea of what it is like to live in poverty. Pray that God will place you where you need to be in this local, countrywide, and global condition, and be prepared to leave your comfort zone. You, with The Lords guidance, can and will make a difference.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Coming up on March 5th, you have the chance to experience this.
2pm-4:30pm - Maximum Capacity is 120 People
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