What does the bible say about the poor?
 
Deuteronomy 15: 7-:11 reads:

7) If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, 8) but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.  9) Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, 'The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand,' and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry out to the Lord against you, and it become sin among you.  10) You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand.  11) For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, 'You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and you're needy, in your land.'

 

The 10 Top Poorest Countries of the World

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The equity of economy prosperity in countries around the world is has not been evenly distributed among the nations. Many nations are thriving economically while others are living below the poverty level. GDP=Gross Domestic Product (Is defined as the average amount of income that each country produces per citizen), literacy rate and employment rate are several parameters used to determine a country's economic success. A recent study of the United Nations revealed that hunger is the cause of an estimate of 25,000 deaths a day. Unfortunately, the number of children represented in the United Nations is greater than that of adults represented. As we consider several facts which contribute to the income disparity between rich and poor nations our goal is to measure the economic gaps between the haves and the haves not. The combined income of the world's richest individuals far surpasses the income of those that are in poverty. It is estimated that there is a 416 million disparity between the wealthy and the poorest individuals. In addition, 982 million out of 4.8 billion people in developing countries live on $1 a day or less. While another 2.5 billion individuals live on less than $2 a day. As a result, an average of 40% of the poorest population made up 5% of world income while 20% of the richest population made up 75% of the global income in 2005.
 
A country with a GDP per capita of $765 dollars or less is defined as a low-income or poor country. You may wonder why poor countries remain poor. Many interrelated factors such as geography, industrialization, colonialism, education, resources, infrastructure, overpopulation, investment, government and debt causes many poor countries remain under the heavy oppression of poverty.

Republic of Liberia which is located on the west coast of Africa is one of the ten poorest economies in the world. Factors such as a decline in the export of commodities, the flight of many investors from the country, the unjust exploitation of the country's diamond resource, looting and war profiteering during the civil war in 1990 brought the economy of the country to its knees. The external debt of the country is more than its GDP. Liberia's GDP-per capita is $500.00.

 

History
 
Liberia, "land of the free," was founded by free African-Americans and slaves who had been freed from the United States in 1820. An initial group of 86 immigrants, which were called Americo-Liberians, established a settlement in Christopolis (current day Monrovia) on February 6, 1820. This settlement was named after U.S. President James Monroe.

Thousands of freed American slaves and free African-Americans arrived during the years following 1820 this eventually led to the formation of multiple settlements. The new found independence eventually led to a declaration of independence in the Republic of Liberia on July 26, 1847. The drive to return the freed slaves in Africa was prompted by the American Colonization Society (ACS), an organization of white clergymen. The members of the ASC were a group abolitionists and slave owners, which were led by Robert Finley, a Presbyterian minister. The ACS was founded in 1846. During the years between 1821 and 1867 the ACS resettled some 10,000 African-Americans and several thousand Africans from interdicted slave ships; it governed the Commonwealth of Liberia until independence in 1847.
 
 William TUBMAN, president from 1944-1971, helped to promote foreign investment and to bridge the economic, social, and political gaps between the descendents of the original settlers and the inhabitants of the land. In 1980, a military coup led by Samuel DOE ushered in a decade of authoritarian rule. In December 1989, Charles TAYLOR launched a rebellion against DOE's regime which led to a prolonged civil war in which DOE was killed. A period of relative peace in 1997 allowed the citizens to participate in elections that elected TAYLOR as the country's leader. Three years later in 2000 major fighting resumed throughout the country.
 
 On August 2003 a peace agreement ended the war and prompted the resignation of former president Charles TAYLOR.  Currently, he faces war crimes charges in The Hague related to his involvement in Sierra Leone's civil war. After two years of rule by a transitional government, the democratic election in late 2005 elected President Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF. The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) maintains a strong presence throughout the country. At this time the security situation is still quite fragile and the process of rebuilding the social and economic structure of this war-torn country continues.
 
 President JOHNSON SIRLEAF, a USA Harvard-trained banker and administrator, has taken steps to reduce corruption, build support from international donors, and encourage private investment. Embargos on timber and diamond exports have been lifted which has opened new sources of revenue for the government. The reconstruction of infrastructure and the raising of incomes in this ravaged economy will largely depend on generous financial and technical assistance from donor countries and foreign investment. Donors include resources and individuals which work on key sectors of reconstruction such as infrastructure and power generation. Current conditions in Liberia:
  • Economics: We found that 10% of Liberians have money and are middle to upper middle class.
  • We've discovered that 90% of Liberians are very poor and with little to no income.
  • The average income in Liberia  is less than $1.25 a day.
  • Education: is 60-85% illiteracy rate and there is a large literacy gap due to the war which lasted 14-15 years.
  • Medical: There is curtly no basic health care and immunizations available to the citizens. Hospitals and medical facilities are poorly equipped and are not able to provide services.
  • Infant Mortality Rate is at 138.24 deaths/1,000 live births

      country comparison to the world: 3

·         Liberia had 250 qualified licensed doctors in 1989, but now has just 50 serving 3.9 million people.

 

Christian Influence
 
  • Liberia is said to be a Christian nation due to the foundational roots which had been laid by the eleven men that signed its Declaration of Independence in the Providence Baptist Church in 1847. All of the founders were Christians. It is the only African nation that recognizes a National Day of Prayer and Fasting based on 2 Chronicles 7:14.
  • Spiritual: Although studies declare that Liberia is 50% Muslim and 50% Christian, or 60% Muslim and 40% Christian, our local contacts declares that the number is 80% Christians and 20% Muslin.

 

Our challenge as the body of Christ is to help the poor as stated in Deuteronomy 15:7-11.
 
We at New Gate international Church have determined that God has put our brothers and sisters in Liberia, Africa on our hearts and minds. We feel that this is so because the people of Liberia are on God's heart. We believe He has called us to help reach out to the people of Liberia with more than just a handout. We are determined to provide our brothers and sisters with a hand up and a sense of identity. There is no middle class in Liberia. This is due to of a lack of education and the large amount of people in poverty. We believe that if we infuse a person's spirit with the gospel of Jesus Christ,  basic education, proper heath care, and the ability to be employed we can help impact the entire nation.
 
 The members of New Gate International Church have planned on planting several churches in Liberia, Africa within the next five years. The churches will be equipped with training centers to help raise up competent, strong, spirit filled, godly leaders who evangelize their communities. We are currently raising money, 2.0 million dollars, to equip our United States facility. This facility will serve as a Headquarters Church, Distribution Center, Education and Training Center in order to help us reach the people in Liberia. We will send clothing, medical supplies, books, cds, furniture, food, and many more items as needed to help the people of this war torn nation.
 
 We currently have teams doing research to help us create jobs and proper living conditions for the people. The destructive toll of conflict on the lives of Liberia's children has left thousands uprooted from their homes, many without access to education and healthcare, hundreds have been separated from their families and many traumatized having witnessed or participated in the full barbarity of war. Many of the children are orphans because their families died in the war. (UNICEF)
 
 We would like to ask you to help us help Liberia by praying for us and donating your tax deductible gift to New Gate International Church. This gift will go towards our United States facility. Our current plans to help Liberia encompass both long and short term projects. The first phase of this project will begin with supplying some basic needs.

 

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New Gate International Church

P.O. Box 2156

Lilburn, Georgia 30048                                                                      

 

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