This is Our World

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This is our neighborhood where over 40% of people live at or below the poverty level (compared to 17% statewide and 15% across the country)

This is a world where more than 90% of families are single parent  families.

The median annual income is $22,000.

Medical care and school systems are very poor, and the crime rate is one of the worst in the entire southeast.

There are some nice houses in this area.  Back in the day it was a nicer area.  Drugs have ravished this community.

If it were possible to take a nice house here and place it in a neighborhood just five miles from here where there are better school, retail within walking distance, better medical care, and more safety, the value would increase by 3-4 times.

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There are impoverished neighborhoods much like this all across the country. The needs are so deep and so extensive. They aren’t the most beautiful, clean, or safe places to live; but they are full of people who are created in the image of God, children who need an advocate, adults who need someone to help them find their way–all people who need Jesus.

There’s this catchphrase that I’ve heard quite a lot in the blogging world.

Do for one what you wish you could do for the world.

For a long while it was just that to me–a nice inspirational line.  As I began to feel my complete inadequacy here–especially in times when I couldn’t do anything at all–it gave me a bit of courage.  We can all be a part of life giving change if we offer the little we have to give. God can take that small investment of love or money or time and use it exponentially for His glory.

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Do for one what you wish you could do for the world.

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4 thoughts on “This is Our World”

  1. Bless you. Your heart is so wide, so big, so deep. That is a side of Atlanta that isn’t often shown, but it’s so real. I love that catchphrase – it’s new to me, and wow, it’s powerful. xoo

  2. I love seeing pictures of where you live! Your eye catches ‘moments’ and feeling. You’re so talented.
    Those statistics are so depressing and it’s overwhelming to even think of change. Love the quite- a call to not take on the world but one small soul. Maybe that’s how it’s done. One soul at a time?

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