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Injustices


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Injustices


"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,  I WAS NAKED AND YOU CLOTHED ME, I WAS SICK AND YOU VISITED ME, I WAS IN PRISON AND YOU CAME TO ME." MATTHEW 25:35-36

Each of us has a “destiny,” a role to play in making the world a better place. We often can discover the part we are to do by examining our own soul as we look at the suffering of the world. What injustice, what problem, just cries out to you as something that is just “not okay”? What is it that you see as just not acceptable? Perhaps that is the area where you are to get involved. Maybe you are one who is to bring another piece of heaven to earth. Explore these needs and then follow your heart. Maybe the path will lead to your Holy Obsession.


To learn more about God’s heart for the poor, to build hope for eradicating extreme poverty in our generation, and to affect change in your own heart:

Blessed are the Poor Seminar


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I was Hungry


AND YOU GAVE ME FOOD

I was Hungry


AND YOU GAVE ME FOOD

“When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.” Mother Teresa

There are two problems regarding food in the world. One is that people do not have access to food, because of famine or other crisis. The other is that they cannot afford the food that is available.

The world can produce enough food to provide every person with more than 2 700 calories per day. Yet more than 800 million people in the developing world suffer from chronic undernutrition. Lack of essential energy and protein stunts the bodies, minds and hopes of some 200 million children.

"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."
—Mahatma Gandhi
  • 24,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger related illnesses.
  • Someone dies from hunger every 3.6 seconds.
  • 3.1 million children under the age of 5 die every year as a result of hunger. That is a holocaust of children under the age of 5 dying every 2 years, because they don’t have enough to eat!
  • 45% of all deaths under 5 are malnourishment related. 

Is this something you just cannot stand? Here are ways you can get involved:

Partnering to end HUNger IN OKLAHOMA:
 

Joe's Addiction

PArtnering to end hunger in
Africa:

Millennium Villages

partnering to end Hungry children in India: 

World Vision

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i was thirsty


AND YOU GAVE ME DRINK

i was thirsty


AND YOU GAVE ME DRINK

More than 2.7 billion people will face severe water shortages by 2025 According to the U.N.

"Many social scientists predict that the next big wars will be over water. Nevertheless, the average American family blissfully consumes 300 gallons a day, when you add in watering the lawn and washing dishes, clothes, and cars." —Alex Shoumatoff

We must have water to survive. Yet the world’s water supply is under unprecedented stress due to climate change, population pressures, pollution and inadequate farm practices. An estimated 1 billion people worldwide lack reliable access to clean, safe drinking water. 

There are two problems regarding water in the world. One is a lack of water or access to water. The other is unsanitary water. 

An estimated 94 percent of diarrheal diseases—the second leading cause of death among children under five—are attributed to unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.

“Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” Slovakian Proverb
  • 3.4 million people die each year from lack of water.
  • 780 million lack access to clean water. 1.2 billion live without decent sanitation.
  • Every 24 seconds a child dies from waterborne diseases.

Is this something you just cannot stand? Here are ways you can get involved:

partnering to end thirst in Africa:

Millennium Villages

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i was a stranger


AND YOU WELCOMED ME

i was a stranger


AND YOU WELCOMED ME

"True religion, the kind that is acceptable to God, is this: Reach out to the orphans, homeless, refugees, widows and aliens in their hardship." James, the brother of Jesus

 

On any given night, there are over 35,000 refugee children on their own in Europe, having lost their parents, temporarily or forever.  The refugee camps where many are “living” resemble the conditions of concentration camps during World War II. 

There are 100,000 children living on the streets in Mumbai, India. Some are literal orphans, while many are simply “economic orphans.” Their parents cannot provide for them.

Over 200,000 children and teenagers are living on the streets in America. 40% of these homeless are LGBT young people who have been rejected by family and friends. Approximately 40% of homeless men are veterans, many of whom suffer from mental illness and substance abuse problems.

“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.” —Warsan Shire

Is this something you just cannot stand? Does your heart burn for those who are alone, vulnerable and afraid? Here are ways you can get involved: 

partnering
with the HOMELESS IN OKLAHOMA:

Joe's Addiction

serving children on the streets in India:

World Vision

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I WAS NAKED


AND YOU CLOTHED ME

I WAS NAKED


AND YOU CLOTHED ME

"But whoever has material possessions and sees their brother in need, yet looks away, closing their own heart of compassion from helping, the very nature of God, Love, doesn't live inside." 1 John 3:17

 
You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.
—William Wilberforce
  • Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90.
  • Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including: forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude and compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography.
  • The typical age of entry into sex slavery is 13-14 years old.
  • According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
  • $32,000,000 total yearly profits for the human trafficking industry.
  • There are approximately 20 to 30 million modern day slaves in the world today.
Turning a human being into a thing is almost always the first step towards justifying violence
against that person. —Jean Kilbourne
It’s difficult to estimate just how many women and girls are impacted by sex trafficking, in part because you can’t easily divide sex workers into those who are working voluntarily and involuntarily. But in their book Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn estimate that around 3 million women and girls (and a small number of boys) worldwide are currently enslaved in the sex trade — bought, held and forced into commercial sex work against their will. This figure may even be on the conservative side, as it doesn’t account for people who were intimidated into prostitution or the millions more under 18 who can’t consent to working in brothels.

Let us remember what hurts the victim the most is not the cruelty of the oppressor,
but the silence of the bystander. —Eli Wiesel

Is this something you just cannot stand? Here are ways you can get involved: 

partnering to end trafficking of girls and women in Mumbai, India:

Bombay Teen Challenge

 partnering to end trafficking of girls and women in Kolkata, India:

Saribari

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I WAS SICK


AND YOU VISITED ME

I WAS SICK


AND YOU VISITED ME

"Where one is born should not determine whether they will live or die." Bono

HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria are preventable and treatable diseases that disproportionately affect the world’s poor. Sub-Saharan Africa is the hardest hit region, accounting for 90% of malaria deaths, more than 70% of all people living with HIV and 28%of all TB cases.

The United Nations predicted there would be 43 million AIDS orphans in Africa by the end of the year 2010. However, in the few years leading up to 2010, half of those orphans died—leaving 22 million children traumatized by watching their parents die from a terrible disease.

Some friends of Outrageous Love went into a village in Africa where the population of the village was 5000 people. But the highest age of the households was 12 years old. They went with the intention of teaching the children how to grow a garden, but the first obstacle the encountered was that the land all around their huts is where they have buried their dead. Imagine a society where there are no adults.

Is this something you just cannot stand? Here are ways you can get involved: 

serving children in India who have HIV/AIDS:

 

World Vision

partnering with people in Africa who are experiencing Poverty and HIV/AIDS:

One

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I was in Prison


AND YOU CAME TO ME

I was in Prison


AND YOU CAME TO ME

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

There are atrocities of evil without restraint that are hard for us to even imagine.

  • Wars in which children are tortured and forced to become child soldiers.
  • In 100 days, more than a million people were killed in the Rwandan genocide, as incited by officials, neighbors hacked one another to death with machetes.
  • In India, women are raped and then publicly flogged by their families and their village leaders.
  • In Pakistan, men throw acid in a woman’s face when she refuses their marriage proposal.
  • Little girls’ genitals are routinely mutilated, in order to assure that they remain chaste. These are just a few of the injustices that people around the world are experiencing. Most vulnerable are the women and children, who often have the least ability to stand for their own rights.

These are just a few of the injustices that people around the world are experiencing. Most vulnerable are the women and children, who often have the least ability to stand for their own rights.

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; Protect the rights of the oppressed and the poor. Rescue the weak and the needy; Help them escape the power of wicked people. Psalms 82:3,4

Is this something you just cannot stand? Here are ways you can get involved:  

partnering with
children who
have experienced war:

joining the fight for human rights for every person:

Amnesty USA