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Biblical hope and international poverty, Part 1

Poverty | Avoiding the pitfalls of 20th-century materialistic thinking
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/10/19, 11:24 am

For more than 30 years I’ve read about and reported on the relation of worldviews to questions of international relief and development. American newspapers, hard hit by their loss of advertising to the internet, almost never do what The Milwaukee Journal did in the 1980s. It sent two reporters to Asia and Latin America to investigate problems of poverty. Working independently, each reporter came up with evidence pointing to five similar conclusions—and since we don’t see that kind of enterprise these days, I’ll report their findings.

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Krieg Barrie

From micro to macro

Poverty | Why conservatives and liberals see so differently the results of welfare reform
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/01/19, 01:43 pm

In our last issue, we profiled five Hope Awards finalists that help people leave poverty. Please go to wng.org/compassion and vote for whichever of those local ministries moves you the most. But I regularly get letters asking about the big, national picture: Do we need to reform the U.S. welfare system, and if so, how?

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Border revelations

Faith & Inspiration | What I learned sitting in a Tijuana traffic jam
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/11/19, 11:51 am

Many years ago, I watched a TV show episode in which the main character, a weed-dealing widow, is trying to cross the border from Tijuana, Mexico, back to her Southern California town. She’s stuck in her car behind hundreds of other cars waiting to pass the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the largest land border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. It’s a sweltering hot afternoon, so she calls out to one of the street vendors and buys an iced latte. Bad idea.

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