19,000 children die every day due to poverty-related causes.
That's a difficult number to grasp, isn't it? 19,000? Every day? We had trouble wrapping our minds around it when we first heard it. How do you visualize 19,000 dying children? How loud is the sound of 19,000 heartbeats and how silent is it when those heartbeats stop?
We believe that one child dying of a poverty-related cause is too many, and that 19,000, repeating every day, is an atrocity. We believe that this is the defining issue of justice that faces us today--our slavery, our Holocaust. We are a group of Christians, and we believe that our God commands us to care for those who are in poverty. We believe that, as Christians, poverty is an area we can find common ground with those who don't believe in our God, but share our desire to see this world made better. We believe that poverty is unacceptable.