Poverty in the Old Testament: Loss of Influence

By Jeff Palmer, CEO on April 5, 2018

A Loss of Influence When a person became poor in the Old Testament, a loss of possessions, if not quickly rectified,quickly snowballed into a loss of influence. Much like today, the rich were the power-brokers. They are the ones who had the influence to change things. Who would listen to the poor man? Who was […]

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Poverty in the Old Testament: Loss of Things

By Jeff Palmer, CEO on April 2, 2018

The Old Testament has a rich overview and insight to the poor in Israel at that time. As discussed in the previous post, I’ve observed five discernable types and/or levels of poverty: A loss of things A loss of influence A loss of identity A loss of hope A complete and total dependency on God […]

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Poverty in the Old Testament

By Jeff Palmer, CEO on March 29, 2018

If you read through the Old Testament with a conscious eye and intention to understand God’s concern for the poor, you can’t help but see the special place that God holds for the oppressed and afflicted of the world. Not many pages will go by before you deal with some story, some Law or some […]

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Poverty 360

By Jeff Palmer, CEO on March 26, 2018

By most standards, my friend Carlos and his wife Carlita are “poor.” But perhaps most standards are based on the wrong criteria. Instead of wealth or lack thereof being determined by possessions, we might consider defining it in terms of relationships—familial and community. Bryant Myers concludes in his book, Walking with the Poor that the […]

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We said, He said

By Jeff Palmer, CEO on March 22, 2018

Is Carlos really poor? If we were to ask my friend, Carlos (described in a previous blog) his thoughts on poverty or asked him to identify the poor people in his community, chances are his answer would be quite different from our own. Whereas we might conclude that Carlos and his family are “poor,” he […]

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Why is Carlos Poor?

By Jeff Palmer, CEO on March 19, 2018

THE FACTS Let me introduce you to my friend Carlos. Carlos is a subsistence farmer in a developing country. Everything his family eats or sells comes from what they can produce on their two-acre plot of land (about the size of a large home lot in the USA). When necessary, Carlos will also take on […]

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What causes poverty?

By Jeff Palmer, CEO on March 12, 2018

According to Bryant Myers in Walking with the Poor, the causes of poverty are generally broken down into four major categories. 1. Physical Causes of Poverty People need food, shelter, water and clean air. They need an environment that supports life. Money, land and livestock are helpful assets. Poverty results when these things are wholly […]

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Let’s talk about poverty: introduction

By Jeff Palmer, CEO on March 8, 2018

Let’s talk about poverty. I don’t want to be cliche in this discussion and simply accept our cultural understandings and biases about what poverty is and isn’t. Rather, I would like to look at some common views and perceptions along with misconceptions. And, I would love to hear your thoughts on these reflections as well […]

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Lesson #5: Communities can help themselves

By Jeff Palmer, CEO on March 5, 2018

The wisdom of Solomon says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep war, […]

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Lesson #4: Don’t underestimate the local community’s insight

By Jeff Palmer, CEO on March 1, 2018

The small tribal village was like many others in which we had worked. Forty to fifty households lived in simple bamboo homes, largely isolated from the outside world. Electric lines hadn’t breached the community’s perimeter, so life revolved around the natural rhythms of the day. The houses were clustered together in a smaller area for […]

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