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Want to Fight Poverty?

Jan. 23, 2013By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

In the book Creating an Opportunity Society, Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill took Census Bureau data and found that a person only has a 2% chance of ending up in poverty if they graduate high school, get a full-time job and wait to get married and have children until after their 21st birthday.

According to the Cato Institute, the government spends $20,000 per poor person and more than $60,000 on a family of three. Yet, the poverty rate is almost identical to what it was 40 years. 

With gospel proclamation do you fight poverty by helping students succeed in school, teach them responsibility to help them keep a job, and promote sexual purity? 

I think it should be obvious that the issue of graduating school and sexual purity is not that simple. Broken families have a lot to do with this. Still, with these stats in mind, should this impact your vision of ministering to the poor?

 

Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International.  As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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