The Hole in Our Gospel

The latest edition of The Economist said that the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative revealed a new measure of global poverty. This concluded that eight Indian states account for more poor people than the twenty-six poorest African nations combined. These statistics are difficult to swallow. So many poor people in such a small space. I felt hopeless when I first saw the living conditions of some of the people here. But I was recently challenged by the writings in “The Hole in Our Gospel” by Rich Stearns of World Vision. In this book one of many passages tested me. He asked, “When you look into the eyes of the poor, do you see hopeless cases of poverty, illness, and suffering, or do you see future students, teachers, and leaders?”

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