1 John 3:18-19, “Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions. Then we will know for sure, by our actions, that we are on God’s side, and our consciences will be clear, even when we stand before the Lord.”
Imagine if your children lived on a pile of rubble, on a dumpsite, in a sewer, in a makeshift shack, or in a cardboard box, and each day consisted of scraping by to survive in these slums. Clean water, healthy food, and medical assistance are simply not available. While it is hard for most of us to imagine that scenario, one out of six people in the world are living it, and are struggling to survive it, as you read this message. In fact, there are 100,000 new slum dwellers each day. Projections show that by 2030, two billion people will live in slums.
“Slums are places where hunger prevails, and where young people are drawn into anti-social behavior, including crime and terrorism, for lack of better alternatives.”
Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka, United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN HABITAT).
There are 800 million people whose daily struggles go unnoticed. They are farmers, herders, fisherman, migrant workers, and indigenous people. These people live with the constant stress of trying to feed their families off of two dollars per day, many of them having less than one dollar per day. They go to bed hungry every night. This travesty compounds daily and is part of the reason that 6 million children, before their fifth birthday, die of malnutrition every year, and why 4000 children die daily because they do not have access to an adequate supply of clean water.
The IS2:8 mission is to engage the less fortunate around the world and lift them up by equipping them with the spiritual tools needed to transform their communities. If a person’s spiritual outlook on life changes, then person by person, the moral compass for his community can begin pointing north and the environment will soon change. We plan to provide the less fortunate, underserved peoples of the world bibles, both written and audio, as well as discipleship and leadership material, and witnessing tools in their own language.
1 Samuel 2:8, “He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with nobles, and inherit a seat of honor; for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and He set the world on them.”
Just as I Samuel 2:8 says, these precious people must see their value just as God sees them. We must help see them raised from the ash heap and marvel at God’s grace. If you would like to assist us in this mission, please contact us. If you are led to help provide bibles and other critical tools, you can donate here.
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