Taking Poverty Seriously

World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine is now in its 33rd year here in Australia.

Last year, nearly 300,000 Australians took part, encouraging over half a million supporters to give over $5 million to help World Vision’s vital aid work around the world.

This year’s famine runs from the 17th to the 19th of August, focusing on one of the world’s poorest countries, Laos, where 40% of children under 5 are malnourished and almost half the population lives below the poverty line.

Schoolgirl, Catherine Mah, visited Laos as the Western Australian Youth Ambassador in January this year, seeing the work of World Vision first hand. She joined me this morning on 98.5 Sonshine FM to talk about that experience.

The main focus of our interview was to raise awareness of the 40 Hour Famine. People all over Australia will give up food for a weekend to raise funds for World Vision’s aid projects in various places around the world. Instead of fasting, some will give up things like computers, furniture or mobile phones for 40 hours. Many kids will give up one meal or playing computer games for a day.

Catherine’s an articulate advocate for those living in poverty around the world and I’m sure she’ll continue to make a difference in her world.

You can hear our conversation using the media player below.



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Will the real Jesus please stand up?

What has shaped your opinion of Jesus? Is it the Church? Christians? The Bible?

Is the Jesus that has been presented to the world the real Jesus?

Have a look at this video of Michael Frost, titled Becoming the Poor, and see if it challenges your thinking on who Jesus is and who we should be.

I interviewed Michael Frost some months ago and recently finished reading his book, Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture. I find that he has a lot of interesting things to say to those who have grown weary of a ‘church’ that seems to have largely lost its way.

I spotted the video in this post on Shari’s blog, Jesus Outside the Box and had to share it with you.

If you want to use the video for a larger group of people you can purchase a copy and lots of other great resources at The Work of the People.

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