Sitting in church one week, I was completely challenged by the preacher who said, “As Christian we do not have the luxury to sit back and do nothing about the poor!” But what can you do? What can we do as the church?
Tear Australia are a wonderful organisation that can help you and your church respond to the poor, I encourage you to take a thorough look at their website.
“TEAR Australia is a movement of Christians in Australia responding to the needs of poor communities around the world. Our motivation comes from our belief that God loves all people, and in Christ offers them the opportunity of a new life. We believe that God is just, and has particular care for the poor and those who suffer as victims of injustice.
We work in partnership with other Christian groups, including churches, relief and development agencies and community-based organisations, which are working with the poor in their communities. We seek to build effective relationships with these partners, grounded in mutual respect, trust and accountability.
Priority is given to those programs that strive to involve the most marginalized and exploited members of each community, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.
In Australia, we work to inform and empower Christians, in partnership with local churches, to make a Biblically-shaped response to suffering and oppressed communities”.
To read more…. http://www.tear.org.au/