What YOU Can Do To Help Fight Poverty! (Poverty Week)

One of the most common mistakes you and I can make is to believe that we have nothing of significance to offer. We ask the question, “Can I really make a difference?” We think we’re not rich enough, smart enough, skilled enough or spiritual enough to make much difference at all … especially when it comes to making a difference in this HUGE global problem of poverty.

But you and I CAN make a difference. Like the young boy, Trae, I told you about here or my 11 year old friend, Christopher, who has a ministry called the Ice Cream Ministry. Christopher gives up ice cream, and encourages his family to give up their favorite comfort food, and use it to make a difference in the world. In May when we raised money for the Dump in Honduras, it was Christopher that told the “Bread for a Hungry World” group that he was giving his ice cream money to the Dump Fund. The Bread group saw what we were doing and decided to give us $25,000 to help with that ministry in the dump…. all because of Christopher, an 11 year old boy. Just this morning, I got a letter from Christopher saying he’d raised another $669.29 for the Dump Fund. It’s amazing what God can do when you’re willing to let Him.

You can make a difference.  Here’s what I’d suggest…

First, make a difference by doing something. Get involved. It’s easy sometimes to write a check or give $20 to something. It’s a little tougher to make a commitment to actually get involved. Ministry is getting involved on a personal level.  Here are some examples:  find a homeless shelter where you can volunteer, sign up to help feed homeless, volunteer to head up a plan to raise money for a mission work that’s in a 3rd world country, go on a short term mission trip and serve others, etc.  Just look around in your community, you can find someone to serve.

Now, I’d also suggest giving. God has blessed us. If you don’t believe me, read this. We are the richest people in the world. If you ate three meals yesterday, if you slept in a home last night, if you have a car … then you’re in the top 10% of the richest people in the world. If your household income is above $50k you are in the top 1% of the richest people in the world. Let’s share what we have.  Here are a few places I suggest today…

  • Bread for a Hungry World: This is an amazing organization that’s dedicated to both meeting physical needs of the poor and reaching them with the story of Christ. Would you believe that Lea and I gave a goat this morning. Yes, a goat. Here’s where. A $50 donation will buy a goat for a poor family in the Philippines. We made a difference in one family. ALSO, one of the coolest things the Bread group is doing is providing powdered milk for 1,200 school children each day in Honduras. The milk is distributed by teachers in the public schools, grades 1-3. Read about how you can help here. My favorite page is the video page explaining where everything goes, but don’t just read about it … pick some place to help.
  • Build some Homeless Food Bags and give them away. About 3 weeks ago, a group got together at the church building and put together some bags that can be handed out to people you see that are asking for food at a stoplight, wanting something to eat, etc. In the 1 gallon ziplock bag we put a bottle of water, juice box, crackers, granola bar, Vienna sausages, trail mix and a little devotional book that tells them that Jesus loves them. Although we don’t get a lot of homeless people through Childress, we’ve already given quite a few of these away.
  • Want something with the Dump Ministry on it? Buy a “Dump Shirt” (see picture below). Our church just ordered 20+ shirts from Bread for a Hungry World, who are making these shirts. On the shirt you’ll find a scripture and a picture I took of a sweet little girl as she sat in the trash and ate the food we’d given her. I still remember sneaking her an extra banana. With a $20 donation to Bread for a Hungry World, they’ll send you a Dump Shirt. Most of the proceeds will go to help that work. Make sure when you make the donation you tell them it’s for a Dump Shirt.
  • Want to do something locally? Here’s a great place. The North Texas Food Bank does a great job seeing that kids are being fed in our area. It’s a great place to give. Better yet, volunteer to help them.
  • Of course you can always support the Honduras work we’re involved in with Marc Tindall. That work will continue to do great things. And, we’d love to have you join us on a trip to Honduras for a week of building houses, feeding hungry kids, working in the dump, etc. The address for Honduras Missions is: TORCH, PO Box 9222, Columbus MS 39705.

There are literally thousands of things you can do… just find one and DO IT! Make a difference. Bloom where you are planted. Don’t be someone who just feels sorry for the hungry and less fortunate … DO SOMETHING. Get involved and share what you have. Share your TIME, your TALENTS and your TREASURES.

So I’d love to hear of some other ways we can help. What are you doing? What organization do you know about that’s helping fight poverty? Share something with us today. Remember … “If you can’t feed 100 people, then just feed one.” ~ Mother Teresa

The back of the “Dump Shirt”

Building food bags, or what we call "Homeless Survival Bags"

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Angie Cox says:

    Love the idea of the homeless survival bags. Be thinking of ways you might be able to use a couple of massage therapists in Honduras next summer. Erika can hardly wait, and I’m pondering the possibilities.

  2. Ricco says:

    I like your message today. It helps remind me how much different our thinking is from Jesus’s. We ask how much does a man give, Jesus ask how much does he keep? My first reaction to seeing 3rd world hunger was “there’s not enough money to fix this”. I realize now that’s not true, there is enough, but it takes us having eyes to see Jesus in those less fortunate and having a heart to serve to make that difference. You my friend are good at that.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      You know, I remember you saying that. I would have agreed at the time too. I guess as they say at Casa de Esperanza, “Make a difference one child at a time.” I wouldn’t want to do any of this without you, my friend.

  3. Katherine says:

    Christopher, if you see this…you are my hero!! Truly, we need to have faith like a child. What an inspiration!!

    I am so glad you did the give a goat!! Have you met Salvador? I am super pumped about returning to the Philippines, hopefully in November to witness all of the great things they are doing there to help those people get out of poverty…and am seriously considering it being my new home :) It’s amazing how far a goat goes!!

    Their paper jewelry ministry is really awesome, too! I bought several piece while I was there and hope to spread the word while I am home…

    http://paperjewelrybytheleyteorphans.shutterfly.com/

    Another two off the top of my head that I support are:

    http://www.one.org which helps fight poverty and AIDS in Africa

    and

    http://www.bloodwatermission.com/ which helps dig wells to help with the water crises.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Kat … love the suggestions. The paper jewelry is amazing. I have a few. BTW, I’m thinking Christopher saw this. I think he’s a regular reader. He’s my hero too.

  4. Paige says:

    Thank you so much for posting about the North Texas Food Bank! It’s Hunger Action Month throughout September and we’re asking everyone to take the Hunger Action Pledge on our website http://www.ntfb.org/HAM. If we get the most people to take it, we win a truck full of food from Feeding America! It takes two seconds, please pledge today!

  5. Larry Lane says:

    Great ideas Trey. Love the food bag.

  6. Jessica says:

    Love the idea – what is the devotional book you use and where did you get it?

  7. Mission Ice Cream says:

    Mr. Morgan,
    I just read these entries on poverty. I think it is good to become aware of poverty all over the world (including here) even if there is just one place where you can help. Just wanted to let you know that 50 more dollars was given to Mission Ice Cream for the Dump Fund contribution for August, so the total is $719.29. BTW, I’m now 13.
    -Christopher (steward of Mission Ice Cream)

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Awesome, Christopher. That is an amazing amount of money. You’ve done a great job in your ministry. I love telling people about who you are and what you do.

      BTW: Happy Birthday … didn’t catch the 13. Sorry about that. :)

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