Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sustainability at home

If you know much about fair trade, you have heard about sustainability. It is the idea that we can't simply give money to those in poverty. We need to provide them with a way to make money consistently in order to release them from poverty. Some of my favorite web companies do that.  FashionABLE, Freeset, and Imagine Goods are a few examples off the top of my head. I love being able to support and highlight these companies that are providing skills and jobs for these people. Those are things that will have the world.

So sustainability is a bit of a buzz word, but it is an important one. 

At our church we have a food pantry and we have served many people. However most often the feeling we are left with is that we haven't done enough. We hurt for these people that have lost their job and fallen on hard times. They just don't have enough money to go around and can't find outlet for their skills, at least not one that pays. 

While we were praying about one of these families at Bible study on Sunday night, God dropped a thought in my head. What if we created sustainability here at home? What if we had a place where people could come and use their skills to earn money? What if we had a place where those with skills could teach those who didn't have skills? 

We know we need more jobs here in the US and there has been all kinds of money spent researching and creating new jobs. What if our focus has been too big? What if the churches in these neighborhoods could open their doors and use their funds to create some kind of school/business where these people can make things and sell them? 

And maybe the scariest question that has come to me, what if God wants me to do something about it?

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