By Wanda Parker
Doesn’t that sound great? NO MORE POVERTY.
But is it really possible? Jesus said that the poor would always be with us.
I don’t believe that poverty will ever be eliminated, but I believe that Christians have a responsibility to do the best we can to truly care for the poor. By care I don’t mean giving them money or things. By care I mean looking at what their real needs are and then on a one to one basis help them to solve those needs – it may be money but it is most likely so much more.
That is why KidTrek is excited about the direction the Lord has taken us in the last year.
KIDTREK EQUIPS CHURCHES TO REACH
FAMILIES IN CRISIS.
KidTrek establishes youth programs in partnership with local
churches to serve the community.
Through modeling, training, and coaching KidTrek equips adults to
build intentional, long-term relationships with families in crisis.
Our goal is to see at-risk kids become
Christ-changed, hope-filled, productive adults.
As missionaries model for a church how to serve the poor we believe that individuals in the church will want to become a part of this mission and will get involved – on a one-to-one basis.
We do not believe the government can make a difference in the lives of the poor! Have they been able to do so so far? I believe they have caused more damage than good with the welfare system. Not that people didn’t want to do good – they just didn’t know how. You can’t help people through a bureaucracy. People are helped when other people get to know them and love them and discover what the real need is for that person, that family.
Each person, each family has a different need – mentally, socially, spiritually, emotionally, physically.
I know it is so much easier to think that all we need to do is throw money at them. When you get personally involved with the poor there is a huge cost and it gets messy. But this is what Jesus Christ has called us to do. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:25-37
True love means knowing a person and what the real needs are – not just superficial, make me feel good “love.” Too much of what is done for the poor is to feed the ego of the giver not truly help the poor.
Would you like to join KidTrek in the walk to serve families in crisis? If so click here to see how you can make a lasting difference.