Thought for the Week 26 January 2020

Anglican Mothers Union Australia

Poverty and homelessness

Why is it that we who live in one of the wealthiest and peaceful nations on earth, can feel such intense NEED. Surely there is irony in the fact that NEED and GREED rhyme. At the root of Poverty and Homelessness is the tragedy of cultural breakdown, war, competing interests for the world’s resources. Our Lord Jesus was born into such a world – on the wrong side of wealth and luxury. Mothers’ Union is commissioned to seek justice for all, out of love for the poor and needy.

How does Gods love abide in anyone who has the worlds goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 1 John 3:1718

Refugees are by definition homeless and in poverty. One MU branch in the USA, was working with African refugees. Rather than give them gifts at Christmas, members asked them what they needed. Now the members host a market-style giveaway event which meets a more urgent need.