Lesson 7: Poverty
Roots (scripture to ground/root you)
Proverbs 19:17 (NIV): Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.
Trunk (foundational thoughts or activities)
It is not uncommon for people in Zimbabwe and Zambia to eat around 3pm as their only meal of the day. They may drink some tea in the morning and a slice of bread if they have it, as well as some tea right before bed. They are not trying to prove a point or draw closer to God as a prayerful activity. They simply do not have enough food. Yet even in their hour of need, they do draw upon the Lord’s strength to comfort them in their anxieties about when they will eat again or what they will drink.
When we think about God’s Word being a source of strength, should we also not think of God’s Word as a call to action? Proverbs 19:17 passage calls us to be kind to the poor. Our partners in Africa serve some of the most marginalized in the entire world – children orphaned by AIDS. By partnering with us, you are helping fulfill this call to action.
Limbs (by faith, challenge the status quo to see things around you differently):
Take time to look around you. Where do you see others working or living in uncomfortable situations? Who are the poor around you? Perhaps they are poor financially. Perhaps they are poor in friends. Perhaps they are downtrodden.
Leaves (capture life around you so that you may help others grow):
Do something out of your comfort zone such as serving the “poor”, as you explored above. Serve in a new location, fast to pray for others, or giving up something for a month to save money so you can donate to a soup kitchen.