40 DAYS OF Solidarity With the Poor
Taking a cue from Jesus and his pariahs, Chris Seay is on a mission to challenge the masses to consume like the poor. For instance, in his book, A Place at the Table, he advocates a 40 day no-spend fast as a way to show solidarity with the poor in the name of Jesus.
Aside from the usual suspects of the Catholic Church, many Americans are surprised to learn that more than 40 million people are living in poverty, with a whopping 21.7 percent of these unfortunate souls living in poverty in the United States. Moreover, only 17.5 percent of these unfortunates are children younger than 18. So, what’s up with this plight and how does one help alleviate the situation? Fortunately, there are several organizations such as Simple Charity, which are dedicated to addressing the plight of the poor. In addition to providing food and shelter, they also help people find their place in God’s family.
In order to get started, you may want to check out the following link. It’s a list of some of the best organizations to consider. You may also want to do a little digging on your own. You can do this by examining a list of charities in your area, which will help you determine which organization is most deserving of your support. Likewise, you can also take your pick from an online directory. There are even websites dedicated to listing local organizations that focus on helping the poor, such as the World Food Programme or CARE. In addition to these organizations, you can also find a number of other benefactors, such as the Salvation Army, which provides food, shelter and medical care to the unfortunate and those in need. You can also look for a program that focuses on youth groups.
In addition to the usual suspects, Seay has gone on the road in order to learn firsthand how to best help the poor, and has brought back stories and lessons learned from places like Ecuador, which was named the happiest country in the world by Forbes magazine. He’s also written a book, a six-session DVD and has traveled the world in order to bring attention to the needs of the world’s poor.