When the Poor Help the Poor

21. August 2015 housing, poverty 0
It’s a great feeling to be able to give back to someone who is always giving to others. An example I’d like to spotlight is Alina Previlda. The 50-year-old Haitian woman lives in a rural community where we support a Catholic mission led by Father Glenn Meaux. Alina and her husband are humble farmers leading ...

The science is in: anti-poverty programs work!

We love supporting programs that lift the poor out of poverty. The theory is: give a man a fishing rod instead of a fish, and he’ll be equipped to feed himself. You’ll have supported real, lasting change. The logic seems sound, and we have a plethora of anecdotal evidence from our overseas ministry partners to ...

Pope Francis and the Globalization of Indifference

13. August 2013 poverty, The Pope 0
Immigration is a hot topic in Europe, just as it is here in the US.  I recently read about a case there that touched me.  The small Italian island of Lampedusa is just 70 miles from Tunisia in North Africa.  This tiny island has attracted impoverished Africans seeking access into Europe where they hope to ...

Praying for a Miracle

Two weeks ago, our Guatemala ministry partner Esperanza de Vida rescued a starving teenage girl named Mirza Lopez, who weighed in at a vanishingly small 19 pounds. That’s less than the size of my 7-month-old son! Mirza also suffers from paralysis as a result of contracting polio at a young age. She lost her mother ...

Pope Francis’ “Church for the poor”

Much has been said about the humility and compassion of former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. In keeping with his reputation, at his inauguration Mass today, Pope Francis I began his reign by focusing on “the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those who Matthew lists in the final judgment on love: the hungry, the ...

Christian Advocacy: Lessons from Moses

I often meet people who think that what we do at Micah Challenge is new—Christian advocacy for the poor and marginalized. Thankfully, we are not the first to heed this call, and there are many heroes we can draw inspiration from. God has been using his followers to hold political leaders accountable for generations. One ...

Advocacy as Christian Stewardship?

28. September 2012 poverty 0
We hear about people in extreme poverty and we are compelled to respond—largely our immediate response is to give money. Why do we give? Ultimately our money belongs to God so what better way to use it than to feed, clothe, and protect His most vulnerable children? Going a step further I’ve heard a number ...

Rescuing Filipino Children from the Slums

24. July 2012 poverty 0
Visiting Friendship Home for the first time, you’d think the children at this Catholic after-school program were relatively well-off. They seem bright, lively, well-fed, courteous and disciplined. Visit them in their homes, and your whole perspective changes.  If these children appear “well-off,” it is a tribute the Friendship Home’s uplifting environment and wonderful programs. One ...

Ringing in the New Year

2012 is here! And the blogosphere is buzzing with New Year’s resolutions, end-of-the-world theories, and political campaign predictions. With the holidays behind us, society’s focus has shifted a little more toward personal weight loss goals and a little less toward feeding the hungry. But of course, hunger never takes a holiday. I’m sure many people ...