Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Poverty: our call to help...

Today is Blog Action Day!

Bloggers are blogging about Poverty.

On this day, I invite you to say a prayer:

Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

On this day, I invite you to write your senators & congressman:

Remind them that even in the midst of this financial crisis and downturn, we need to stick to our commitments in helping the world's poor and the poor in our own neighborhoods. Go here and here to write our senators and here for our congressman.

On this day, set aside some canned goods (and/or non-perishables) for the Monroe Food Pantry:

Bring these on Sunday and help our neighbors in need this Fall. Click here to find a list of what's needed (and not).

They are out of SPAM, Canned Chicken and shelf stable Milk. If you are out, pick up these items and remember the poor and needy, Someone Praying About Me!

On this day, make out a check (or give an online donation) to an organization helping the poor:

Episcopal Relief and Development: "Working in partnership with the worldwide Church, ecumenical agencies and local organizations, Episcopal Relief & Development saves lives and strengthens communities around the world."

Bridgeport Rescue Mission: "The Bridgeport Rescue Mission works to meet the basic needs of the poor and homeless in the Greater Bridgeport area, by providing food, clothing, shelter and counsel."

On this day, sign up with the Micah Challenge:

Micah Challenge USA is a Christian campaign that is part of a global Micah Challenge campaign. Our aims are to deepen our engagement with impoverished and marginalized communities; and to challenge leaders to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and so halve absolute global poverty by 2015! "And what does the LORD require of you but to act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

It is up to all of us, to play our part and to help alleviate the poor and needy.

We can do it. One person at a time.

On this day, pray and act!

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