Poverty

For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.  He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.  Psalm 72:12-14

The Facts: 

  • 13.77 % of families in Mecklenburg county are living in poverty
  • From 2005-2010 the sheer number of Mecklenburg County residents in poverty increased 58% while overall population rose 18% over the same time frame.
  • As of 2011 national poverty rate was 15.9%, which is more than 48 million people.
  • Dropout rates of 16 to 24-years-old students who come from low income families are seven times more likely to drop out than those from families with higher incomes.
  • 40% of children living in poverty aren’t prepared for primary schooling.
  • 870 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat.
  • Hunger is the number 1 cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
  • Approximately 30-40% of homeless people have mental illness and an even higher percentage suffer from addiction disorders. 10% of homeless suffer from domestic violence.

Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • Tutor and mentor children in poverty, through local organizations supporting families.
  • Support someone seeking a job through coaching, prayer, encouragement, and guidance.
  • Support agencies helping those in poverty by donating food, clothes, other necessities that many families do without.

Prayer Points: 

  • Pray that those needing a job will have an opportunity to work for a living wage and support their family with dignity.
  • Pray for the thousands of people in Charlotte that are homeless, especially those that suffer from mental illness and addictions. Pray that they can access the treatment they need and experience healing.
  • Pray for those that are hungry, here in Charlotte and globally. Pray that they will find food, drink and a way out of poverty.

For additional information, opportunities to serve, or to join a ministry team, contact Angela Schlottman