Isaiah 58: "...Loose the Chains of Injustice...."
“to loose the chains of injustice…to set the oppressed free..to share your food with the hungry…to provide the poor wanderer with shelter…when you see the naked, to clothe them…” Isaiah 58: 6-7 (NIV)
As part of 58:, we believe God is calling us—the church—to make personal sacrifices and free up resources to help the poor so we can end extreme poverty. And here’s the good news: not only is it possible, it’s already starting to happen.
In the past thirty years, extreme poverty has been cut in half. In 1981, 52% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty (defined by the U.N. as living on less than $1.25 per day). But by 2006, that number was 26%.
Surprised? Most people are. And yet, if you look at child mortality rates, disease incidence, access to clean water, education, health care, and many other indicators, it’s clear that extreme poverty can be defeated. The evidence of progress is silencing the cynics. We are witnessing the dawn of a stunning opportunity.
The strategy is to connect thousands of churches like yours with thousands of poverty-fighting projects around the world. The more people are involved, the greater the impact because at 58: the power is in the numbers. For more information, visit www.live58.org.