When it Comes to Peace and Poverty So Much Depends Upon the Determination of the Leadership

A few small changes in the environment could do so much to alleviate a lot of the suffering in nations like Uganda and Kenya and the principles could be applied in other parts of the world where there is such appalling poverty. Take a moment to consider the vital role which leadership plays in this whole area. Many are desperately looking for powerful practical leadership when it comes to their environment and circumstances.

I am writing as a Christian, as a believer in Jesus Christ, and I rely upon the anointing and presence of the Holy Spirit to guide me and direct me when I go to speak to those who Pastor the poor and who have given their lives to caring for the poor with such genuine and sincere compassion.

These men are leaders I admire, and I seek to encourage them in all they attempt to achieve, as they work for righteousness and justice.

Some of these men and women spell faith, ‘RISK’. They risk their lives day by day as they reach out to those have nothing and who have to scavenge on the tips for something to eat.

I may go for three or four weeks but these local leaders are giving leadership of such high quality and when I see the work they are involved in and what they are seeking to do to rescue those is serious need it can and does bring tears to my eyes.

How can men in the United Kingdom and America accept such absurd sums as ‘bonuses’ when half the world is living on a pound a day or around a dollar a day.

When I see men and women following Jesus Christ and serving in the slums and orphanages, day after day, setting such an example, why do the government agencies not come alongside and give some extra help, instead of running around in expensive cars? There are leaders and there are ‘leaders’. You know what I mean.

I am not against expensive cars but I am against poverty and suffering.

Very often promotion to position of power and authority can introduce men to corruption. This is nothing other than sin.

Prophets seldom get promoted. Prophets get pelted!

We hear from the United Nations declarations concerning peace and poverty, when you consider these two words, we come to realise that peace and poverty can never co-exist.

Conflict brings poverty. War brings poverty. Fighting results in poverty as resources are squandered.

This is where the quality of governmental leadership and the leadership within the true Church of Jesus Christ is so crucially important.

Anger and hatred destroy so many lives not just in Kenya and Uganda but we see it in the United Kingdom too. There is a solution, but how many really want to know how these issues can be resolved, so that suffering may be alleviated and poverty positively confronted.

We have had so many words but words do not soothe aching bellies.

Again, so much depends upon the determination of the leadership.

Sandy Shaw

Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

The Elements That Make the Key Difference Between Success and Poverty

What makes the difference between success and poverty? This is an issue that I have been mulling over in my mind for a very long time. Poverty is a state that has been with mankind since the beginning of the ages. Even in the time of Jesus thousands of years ago, there was already the poor among them.

Everywhere in the world in every country, global efforts are being held for poverty eradication. Most often, I see organizations and kindhearted individuals handing out money and food items to the poor, and where possible provide homes and shelter. While these efforts are noble, I do wonder about the effectiveness of it.

Personally, I find that the only way for a person to climb out of poverty, is an intense personal desire to succeed! Some people can be rather contented living on welfare and receiving handouts. In fact, some may consider it their right as the poor to receive gifts from people they deem richer than them. Poverty is a state of mind that continues to enslave people. For as long as they think that the world owes them a living, they would continue to stay in that same old sad state of life.

They do not break out of the chains of poverty because they deem themselves incapable, handicapped (whether real or imaginary), so they do not even try to make an effort. Any failed attempt that they make only reinforces their belief that they are not able to do it, not able to become successful and subscribe to the powerful withholding belief that success belongs only to others who are more talented, more intelligent and more capable.

The only way to break out of poverty is to change the mindset of the people and empower them with powerful beliefs that they are not helpless and that they can create value and contribute to the society regardless of their condition. They can make a success out of themselves.

The only real way to help the poor is to give them a real education and the opportunity for a job or a trade. All academic, skill and technical programs must include personal development programs which develop the human attitudes and radically change their mindset and implant a belief system for success.

Positive people with a burning desire to succeed never stay poor for long. Failed attempts only serve to spur them on and steel their resolve. Poverty is only a temporary state before they achieve success.

Religious Education And The Tradition Of Sunday School

Religion is largely based upon personal experiences of the metaphysical realm. One originally becomes concerned with a Higher Power because of some sort of phenomenon or occurrence which simply cannot be explained by logic or reason. When one begins asking questions about the Higher Power or the spirit realm, one immediately begins seeking the answers to those questions.

Thus, although religion may be based on the individual and his or her personal experiences, it is largely propagated through knowledge and instruction. One of the key methods of religious education, especially within the Christian religion, is through Sunday school.

The concept began in England in the 1700s and was the result of religious revivals taking place all throughout the world. Some say it was Roman Catholicism that started the first school while others claim Protestantism began the tradition. While the origins of the institution may be somewhat unclear, it is universally accepted that the tradition began with Christianity.

Before the days of public schooling when education was for the wealthy upper class, crime and poverty permeated the poorer districts of society. A journalist named Robert Raikes observed this desperate situation and opened a public school that operated on Sundays, which was the only day that many children had off of work from the factories and other such employers. Their textbook was the Bible, but it was used to teach secular subjects as well as religious ones. Over the next century, similar schools began to spring up all over Europe and throughout America, with millions of children in weekly attendance worldwide.

Today such schools are almost exclusively for the purpose of teaching religious doctrine. Other religions, such as Judaism, have come to use the term Sunday school to refer to their religious education, while Catholicism mostly refers to it as Catechism class. Religion has remained a powerful force in the world largely because of the institution.

As the dynamics of society continue to change and evolve all over the world, religion will change and evolve, as will its methods of instructing and handing down tradition and doctrine to future generations. Presently, Sunday school remains a firm pillar of religion; it remains a long-standing tradition and a beacon of hope for many, offering a safe haven in a world of crime, poverty, negativity, and violence. Like the world in which the institution began, Sunday remains for many people the only day to devote to religious study and fellowship with like-minded believers. For these reasons and more, the institution will more than likely be around for years to come.