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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Nothing but the Facts!

From time to time you may run into a middle-class or wealthy person who may comment, "People choose to be homeless, don't they?" The reality is no, people do not choose to live in the throws of utter homeless poverty. In these types of conversations, it is always helpful to share the facts. And here they are ...

* At least 80% of the world lives on less than $10 a day.

* If there were only 10 people in the world, only two of them would have wealth and possibly come from North America or Western Europe. Eight of the 10 would come from poverty stricken countries such as India and Africa and would live at or below the poverty line.

* Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.

* According to UNICEF, 25,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.”

Possibly the next time a person infers people choose to live in destitute homeless poverty, you can help them out by sharing the above facts. Ultimately, poverty and homelessness are rooted and grounded in injustice. About 20% of the world controls nearly 100% of its wealth. Each middle, upper-middle and wealthy person's surplus belongs to someone else. If one has $100,000 and only needs $75,000, the remaining $25,000 belongs to someone else. If one has two coats, but only needs one, the remaining coat belongs to a poor person. Hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, the Prophet Amos denounced these injustices and spoke up for the rights of the poor. Jesus himself at the very outset of his ministry told the religious leaders that he had come not for the rich, but for the poor - to set them free.

Right from the comfort of your very own home, you can do all the poor a BIG favor. Take a brief moment to send emails to family and friends suggesting they Subscribe! to Homeless In America.  More people need to hear what Paul Harvey termed, "the rest of the story."  HIA is the only blog and for that matter the only publication in the world today that chronicles everyone's brokenness, everyone's homelessness and gives triumphal insights into everyone's poverty.
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