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1 in 10 Australians Now Live in Poverty

Autor: J. D. Payne
Data: 19.10.2010
Category: Pobreza & Riqueza, Social Justice, O Futuro Humano

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Publicado originalmente em Inglês

Today, October 19, 2010, an article ( was published in Christian Today citing a report released on Monday from the Salvation Army (, noting that 1 in 10 (2 million) Australians now live in poverty.  Other findings include:

  • 70% of poor children now live in jobless families
  • 57% of single parent families could not pay their utility bills in the last 12 months, with 12% going without meals.
  • 80,000 people needed assistance last year for the first time
  • The Indigenous Population (517,000) has much higher levels of poverty than the broader community

This week during Cape Town 2010, the delegates are being exposed to the issues of poverty in the world.  While this post is not to discredit the reality that the poverty found in much of the non-western world is much more severe than what we find in the West, the fact is that poverty anywhere affects the mission of the Church in evangelism and church planting. 

So, what will it look like to see the multiplication of disciples, leaders, and churches in the western world where poverty is on the rise?  How does the Church need to respond? Also, how to you think the issue of poverty affects people’s receptivity levels to the gospel?

Palavras-chave: Australia, poverty, Salvation Army, mission, evangelism, church planting

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Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou mgabrielle (0)
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     The statistics on poverty are none other than heartbreaking. I have seen and heard of too many people jumping into trying to meet the spiritual needs of individuals without considering meeting their physical needs. I think that if we are trying to help others by attending to their physical needs, more hearts would be opened to hearing the gospel. 

Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou TCoker (1)
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@ mgabrielle:

@mgabrielle I agree with your opinion on this subject. I have seen way too many people try to meet people’s spiritual needs before their physical needs have been meet. This often deters the recipients from want to talk to them and trust them. Yes, I think that meeting one’s spiritual needs is important but first they must be fed, they must have shelter, and they must gain their trust. It is my prayer that those called to reach out to those in Australia can see the needs and develop and plan to meet them.

Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou Adnahsar (1)
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The church does not need to focus on mission just to the global south, but also to the western countries that have the larger gap between those that have and those that have not. In America there are numerous people who go without meals which is why the government began the Feed the Children program. For many of the children that participate in the program, the meals that they receive at school are the only meals that they receive because their parents, for whatever reason do not have the means or ability to provide them with food. It is a problem that the church needs to begin to address in their own community before they will be able to adequtely address it in others.

Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou tgraham (5)
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The reality of poverty on the rise anywhere is alarming.  If churches will respond locally to the presence of poverty, then it could improve the condition of families who suffer.  Food pantries, soup kichens, clothes closets, ongoing contributions to the Salvation Army, and workshops on how to identify and respond favorably to poverty locally can improve conditions around the world. The churches’ response to poverty in its local context can prepare it to expand its efforts globally, although the strategies required to impact the needs of those outside the church’s local context will vary. 

Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou JoanieD (0)
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I thinks it’s great (sad the numbers are soo staggering of course though) that you posted these statistics on here so that we can see this reality. I wish we had these number in front of us, as on billboards daily, for each and every country, especially for our own backyards, to look at daily. Hopefully this would remind us, make us think, of how wasteful we are how our brothers and sisters all over are suffering day by day---minute by minute...

Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou jdb11583 (2)
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Wow. These statistic are staggering. This is a great opportunity for the Church to reach out to those who are in need of Christ’s love. Even though we cannot all contribute financially, churches could easily set up programs that allow those in need come and experience friendship and love during these tough times. Also, there are great programs that provide opportunities for us to share Christ with those in need. There is a great program here in my town that allows adults to be mentors to to spend time with children who are at risk because there parents do not have a job or that live in single parent households that cause stress on the family. It has turned out to be a great way to bring Christ to these children! We are called to reach out to those who are suffering and struggling and today’s economic times have provided us with a great opportunity to reach out!

Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou jdb11583 (2)
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@ jdb11583:

Even though mine response is geared to the need here in the States, I cannot see anything preventing my ideas from being implemented in Australia....

Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou Rapture7 (2)
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I think it does effect some people’s receptivity to the gospel. It may make them think in Christ there is hope for their problems. They may think that the person who is witnessing to them should help them with their problems and not just talk about the gospel. Some may resent God because they are so poor. Some may think no matter what situation they are in they still need Christ. It really depends on the person as well as if the gospel is presented to them from a holistic perspetive or a wholistic perspective.


Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou MzBoom (5)
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@ Rapture7:

God is concerned with the whole person not the number of people that get saved. It’s not a race to see who wins. It’s about how we as a community help each other. People are so dependant on Godthat if He "doesn’t come through" He does not exist and that it clouds their judgment on God’s plan for them. As missionaries, we need to show them the love of God but teach them to walk in Christ in all circumstances.

Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou alearner (0)
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Jesus must have thought that people’s poverty level affected their receptivity to the Gospel.  He demanded that His disciples feed the hungry crowd, instead of sending them home.  He met their physical need, then taught them that He was the bread of life.  We should do no less.  We just need to make sure that we don’t put so much effort on meeting their poverty needs that we neglect to teach them about the bread of life. 


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