What does it look like to help the poor? Jesus serves as the perfect example of meeting immediate and long-term needs, and of providing lasting Hope. Many families living in abject poverty desperately need food and shelter to get them through today. But a plate of food can't carry them toward a sustainable future and an eternal Hope. Through our Hope for Today, Hope for Tomorrow, and Hope for Eternity ministry model, we can break the grip of generational poverty, and as we do, we see lives changed and our own hearts grow.
Help the Poor With Specific Needs
Help The Poor With Prayer
Sometimes it feels overwhelming to think about the desperate needs of the extreme poor. We may even wonder if our prayers make a dent in the problem. But our amazing, powerful God answers our prayers and has a special place in His heart for the extreme poor.
Why Is Helping The Poor Important?
Helping the poor is important so that families can leave behind hunger, fear, and isolation.
To do that, these families need a reliable way to put food on the table, pay for their kids’ education, and pave a path out of poverty.
The problem is, the generational cycle of poverty is hard to break–impoverished kids often go to bed with grumbling tummies, don’t have a chance to go to school or gain skills for the future, and can’t go to the doctor when they get sick. This reality makes them feel frustrated, forgotten by God, and stuck in a hopeless situation.
We believe that human beings shouldn’t have to live like this while so many others (like us!) have so much to give. Honestly, it’s just not fair. We’re all made in the image of God, dearly loved and with inherent worth. Throughout the Bible, God commands us to care for the poor. But we have a choice: will we obey, or not?
What Is The Best Way To Help The Poor?
While many of us go about our daily lives, millions of people across the globe are stuck living on less than $2 a day. This problem demands a solution! And among the many different solutions to poverty, we believe that one rises above the others.
At Bright Hope, we work to help the poor create sustainable livelihoods and break the poverty permanently.
But what is sustainability and why does it matter?
When Bright Hope talks about our “sustainable programs,” we are saying, “Hey! This program isn’t about a one-time attempt to make today easier for the poor.” Sustainable programs are those that make a permanent impact by helping poor individuals build their income, acquire education or vocational skills, and leave poverty behind.
Here are some examples of non-sustainable versus sustainable programs.
Example of a non-sustainable program:
Providing food and water to hurricane victims who have lost their homes is a non-sustainable program. This type of program plays a crucial role in alleviating the immediate symptoms of trauma or tragedy. But the food and water will only last until they’re gone.
Example of sustainable programs:
Most of our sustainability programs center around agricultural or pastoral resources. When we help impoverished communities plant a farm, or provide individuals with seeds, gardening tools, and agricultural training, we’re providing an ongoing source of income (a small business) and healthy nutrition (an ongoing food source).
In addition, when we give a family some chickens or pigs and train them to care for these animals, this is a sustainable program. The animals multiply, providing the family with food and a small business to support their family.
You can help bring an end to generational poverty.
Join us in providing nourishment for today, sustainable opportunities for tomorrow, and eternal hope for the future!
Serving Those Earning Less Than $2 A Day.
Bright Hope is a registered 501(c)(3) charity, and a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. We envision a world where under-resourced, local, in-country churches transform their communities and bring Hope to the extreme poor. We have been engaging the local church around the world for more than 50 years in the global fight against extreme poverty in their communities.