Unity in Utah Brings Rescue and Healing around the World

March 11th, 2014 by Posted in End of Poverty

There are more than 27 million children, women and men who work as slaves in our world today. These 27 million are stuck in brothels, rice mills, brick kilns forced to work against their will. They are victims of human trafficking.  Greg Johnson, president of the Standing Together Network, worked in collaboration with eight churches … Read More

How Violence Plagues the Poor

February 3rd, 2014 by Posted in End of Poverty

“The locusts of everyday violence have been allowed to swarm unabated in the developing world. And they are laying waste to the hope of the poor.” – Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros in their new book, The Locust Effect  As we at Live58 seek to unite with the Church to break the tyranny of … Read More

What has 12 beards, a sense of humor, and the goal of raising money for victims of human trafficking?

January 21st, 2014 by Posted in End of Poverty

 I’m so glad you asked… The Beard Of The Year One day back in 2012, while writing some tongue-in-cheek blog post about the advantages of beards, I had one of those random “light-bulb” moments. The idea was to use my blogging platform and the audience of beard-fans that I had somehow acquired to serve a … Read More

Impacting Poverty Through Food Distribution

November 21st, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty, Food

Food for the Hungry reported to Live58 they received the gift of $25,608 from our donors collaborating on 2 projects: We raised $9397.80 for Vegetable Seeds and $16,210.32 for the African relief program. Food was provided to malnourished children and pregnant mothers in the Horn of Africa who needed immediate, life-saving assistance. An estimated 12.2 … Read More

Impacting Poverty Through Microloans

November 21st, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty, Microenterprise

HOPE International and Live58 are partnering to help people around the world work their way out of poverty and hear about the love of Christ. Clients like Samson Ndikumana, the owner of an internet café in Bujumbura, Burundi. To support his family of 10, Samson used a loan from Turame, Hope’s local partner, to expand … Read More

Are We Addicted to Poverty Porn? (Part 4)

August 26th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

For the fourth part of our series (to catch up, read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), we’re featuring another one of our alliance partners. Living Water International is an incredible leader in their field, as well as in implementing good photography strategies. We had the opportunity to interview Mark Retzloff, creative director at Living Water … Read More

Are We Addicted to Poverty Porn? (Part 3)

August 13th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

For the third installment of this series, we asked Professor Lucas J. Mather for his perspective as a philosopher and ethicist. Professor Mather earned his MA in Bioethics from Loyola Marymount University in southern California. He teaches philosophy and business ethics at Pepperdine University.   See Part 1 and Part 2 if you are new to … Read More

How to Bring Justice to Your University

August 8th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Being an advocate for social justice issues on your campus is a challenging task, but it can be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have.   I worked with Live58 as a Campus Coordinator Intern in the past. My responsibilities were to be an advocate for issues of extreme poverty and to spread … Read More

4 Tips for Spreading Clean Water Awareness on Your College Campus

August 8th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Have you ever thought of doing something radical for the sake of others? Like bringing an awareness about the need for clean water to your campus? There are many creative ways in which you can stir up conversations to challenge people to do something about the issue of clean water. Here are a few fun … Read More

Praying for a Disaster

August 8th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

I’ve said in a previous blog post that when surrounded by disasters and aid organizations in need of your help, money is not the only thing you can give. Donating your time is always an option, and the most important thing you can give is your prayers.  I once came across a saying that claimed … Read More

We Know Congress Is Undecided. What do You Think? [VIDEO]

August 8th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

As debates continue in Congress, headlines seem to say the same thing every day:  “How Immigration Reform Would Help the Economy” (NY Times)  “Immigration Reform in the House?” (Washington Post) “Immigration Reform Stalled in Washington” (KUTV 2News)  “U.S. Plans Foreign Aid Cuts in FY2014 Budget” (The Armenian Reporter) “Given the Current Deficit Crisis, Should Foreign … Read More

5 Reasons You Should Start Eating Insects

August 8th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

This is not a joke. I really do have five reasons for you to considering adding bugs to your diet. If we want to help feed the estimated 9 billion people in the world by 2050, we are going to have to change our lifestyles, right? If changing our lifestyles means starting to eat insects, … Read More

Why You Should Start Your Own Microenterprise Movement

August 8th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Have you heard of the new movement of locavores? They’re storming the nation, and for good reason.   What is a “locavore?” Also known as a “localvore,” locavores are people who only eat local foods. Get it? The definition of local foods is hard to pinpoint though. It can range from food produced within 50 … Read More

The Truth About Oil Spills

August 6th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

You might have read or heard about last week’s oil spill near Thailand. As of now, authorities’ main concern is that it will hurt the tourism industry, since it occurred at a tourist beach. But as more information is gathered, the environmental damages will be assessed in the coming days or weeks. When I’ve heard … Read More

What Is Appropriate Technology?

August 6th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

In ECHO’s July newsletter, I found a story about the organization’s use of appropriate technology (AT). Last fall, ECHO welcomed Craig Bielema as the AT Specialist, and since then he has traveled the world to learn and teach about AT. I wanted to learn more about this method, so I asked Craig a few questions. … Read More

Fighting Local Hunger With the Care and Share Food Bank

August 6th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

When I think of a food bank, I think of a small room with shelves of cans. It seems like people are always doing canned food drives at school or at church, so I figured all food banks would be full of cans of corn, green beans and soups. This week, I was given the … Read More

Letter to Disease, From Dirty Water

August 6th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Disclaimer: This letter is inspired by C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. My hope is that this letter conveys both the urgency and hope of providing clean water to poor communities in our fight against extreme poverty. The character Marcus is a member of the forces of Dirty Water. The character Luther represents the forces of Disease. Below depicts … Read More

Imagining a Life Without Credit [VIDEO]

August 6th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Credit. It’s available everywhere in America. Building good credit makes so many opportunities possible such as attending college, buying a new car, renting a house or starting a business. It scares me as a college student to think of what little I can do for myself until I have a credit score. Luckily for me, … Read More

What Can a Teddy Bear Do?

August 6th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

As the Syria crisis continues, more and more refugees are seeking safety in camps in northern Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Cairo and Iraq. According to the UNHCR, as of now there are 1,663,537 registered refugees and 1,876,479 people of concern (internally displaced people, those not registered in a camp, etc.).   Those in the refugee camps didn’t … Read More

… But They Don’t Kill

August 6th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

When I was in college, I used to get mad when a bus didn’t arrive on time. But looking at this photo—children risking their lives by crossing that bridge so they can go to school—I feel ashamed. I’m convicted of my own ignorance complaining all the time for things that don’t really matter. I talked … Read More

Will You Make Your Stand? [VIDEO]

August 6th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

I’ve talked a lot about the foreign aid budget this summer, especially recently. This is simply because it is very important. The contribution to ending AIDS, malaria, infant mortality, and extreme poverty at large has been tremendous. Literally millions of people have been treated, educated and helped out of extreme poverty.  All of that is … Read More

Adopting from the Heart of Ethiopia

August 2nd, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

A few weeks ago at a barbecue I met a couple by the name of Jay and Kimberly Hartwell. They were very kind in opening up their home to a group of hungry interns. As we entered their home, a barricade of safety gates greeted us. My heart leapt and my eyes lit up at … Read More

Don’t You Forget That You’ve Read This

August 2nd, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? —James 2:15-16  I don’t remember when was the first time I became aware about the injustices that are … Read More

Letter to Dirty Water, From Disease

August 2nd, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Disclaimer: This letter is inspired by C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. My hope is that this letter conveys both the urgency and hope of providing clean water to poor communities in our fight against extreme poverty. The character Marcus is a member of the forces of Dirty Water. The character Luther represents the forces of … Read More

10 Reasons You Should Eat Local Foods

August 2nd, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

If you follow our Twitter or Facebook, I’m sure you’ve noticed the high number of times we remind you to support local farmers. But it wouldn’t be fair of us to keep telling you to follow the local movement without providing hard evidence for its benefits. So today, we bring to you a list of … Read More

Exploitation in the Aquarium Trade

August 2nd, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Fish are beautiful and fascinating. Long ago, people noticed this and thought it would be a great idea to keep fish in glass enclosures so that they could admire their beauty up close, even if they were far from any body of water. But, as with many other creatures and resources, our greed in this … Read More

Grains and Groans: The Rice and Beans Fast

August 2nd, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

“Yes, I’m in.” If I had realized how many hardships those three words would bring me, I would not have considered uttering them that afternoon. What was I “in” for, you may ask? A week-long rice and beans fast. As one of nine interns here at Live58, I have participated in many awesome opportunities to … Read More

I’ve Got the Power

August 2nd, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

I lie to people about six times a day. What? Anna, you’re a liar?! Yep. The truth is, whenever someone asks me, sincerely or not, “How are you?” I answer with a nonchalant “good.” That’s a lie. Last week, if I were to truthfully describe how I really was, I should have told you I … Read More

Beginning to Understand Community Development

August 2nd, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Our alliance partner World Renew is an organization that has done a lot for people in extreme poverty. But what we admire the most is their focused effort on community development in these impoverished areas. To get a better grasp on all of what they do for the people in these communities, I contacted the … Read More

Walk Humbly With Your God (Part 3)

August 2nd, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

This is the last post in a series discussing the verse Micah 6:8. This verse is the mission  statement, so to speak, of the organization Micah Challenge and all its branches. The first post discussed what it means to act justly, the second talked about what it means to love mercy and the last here … Read More

4 Things You Should Know About Refugees

August 2nd, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

My coworkers and I have been blessed with an opportunity to volunteer with Lutheran Family Services (LFS), a local nonprofit in Colorad, in their refugee resettlement program. Normally this would be a four-month commitment, but because we only had four weeks left of our internship LFS made an exception and has us volunteering four hours a … Read More

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day—Ending Extreme Poverty Takes Time

July 30th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Coming into this internship I didn’t totally comprehend what I would be writing about exactly. I figured that I had the basics of extreme poverty covered with the “There are starving children in Africa” speech my mom graced me with when I threw away food. But in fact, while interning here at Live58, I’ve come … Read More

Six Christian Environmental Leaders You Should Know About

July 30th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Sometimes, in order to feel as though you are truly part of a missional community, it is helpful to be aware of the efforts of those who have gone before you. Here are some introductions to significant Christian environmentalists throughout the ages, as well as two who are serving today.   St. Patrick (387–460) We … Read More

Is Organic Always More Expensive?

July 30th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Organic produce has an unfortunate stigma. People tend to assume that it is unreasonably more expensive than non-organic. I’ve heard people jokingly refer to Whole Foods as “Whole Paycheck.” But I had a theory that organic wasn’t always more expensive, and in instances that it was, it was worth the extra cents. So I went … Read More

Calories Are Not Enough

July 30th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

I have a confession. I have been severely underestimating a crucial component of food security for quite some time. When I think of someone who is food secure, I think of a person who is overcoming hunger because they have access to plenty of food. This view of food security, however, is missing an extremely … Read More

Providing Clean Water in Jesus’ Name

July 30th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Have you ever thought of sharing the Gospel of Jesus through tangible actions? There are many ways to share the Gospel: street evangelism, Bible studies, proxy stations, etc. But what if you could share the Gospel and provide for the physical needs of the poor? In places like India, persecutions and threats are inevitable when … Read More

What Lemonade Stands Can Teach Us About Microenterprise

July 30th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Did you ever run a lemonade stand when you were young? I remember my first lemonade stand (well, actually it was a Kool-Aid stand). My family was having a garage sale so I figured that was the perfect opportunity to make some money. I made the red Kool-Aid and placed the pitcher on my plastic … Read More

58 Ways to End Extreme Poverty (Part 3)

July 30th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. —Isaiah 58:11 For the past two weeks, you’ve heard about 36 ways (see Part 1 and Part 2) you can help … Read More

Everyone Needs Compassion, Love That’s Never Failing

July 30th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Everyone needs compassion,
love that’s never failing.
Let mercy fall on me.

 Everyone needs forgiveness,
the kindness of a Savior—the Hope of nations.

  Savior, He can move the mountains.
 My God is Mighty to save, 
He is Mighty to save.

 Forever Author of salvation, 
He rose and conquered the grave.
 Jesus conquered the grave.

  So take me as … Read More

It Takes a Local to Rebuild After Disaster [TED TALK]

July 30th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

“On June 1 we weren’t disaster experts, but on June 3 we started faking it.” —Morgan O’Neill  Sisters Caitria and Morgan O’Neill were average citizens of Monson, MA, on June 1, 2011, when their town was hit by a tornado. The next day the historical church in their town became the unofficial headquarters of disaster … Read More

Micah Challenge: Love Mercy (Part 2)

July 30th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” —Micah 6:8  After discussing justice, we move on to the next part of this verse. It was difficult to talk about justice according to … Read More

‘Ru (Water is Life)’ [FILM REVIEW]

July 26th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

“For most of us, fresh water is a tap away. For others, its an arduous daily journey. For every human, water is life.”  Ru (Water is Life) is a film depicting the need for clean water in a rural area of South Sudan. It is a story of strength, perseverance and the joy of the … Read More

What It’s Like Living Through Disaster

July 26th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

While browsing Twitter and Google this week I happened across a blog post written by an Iraqi woman who began blogging about her experience living in a war zone in 2003. She goes by the name Riverbend and most of her posts took place between 2003 and 2007, between the invasion of Iraq and when … Read More

Blend Your Way to Food Security: 5 Summer Smoothie Recipes

July 26th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

It has come to my attention that I waste A LOT of food. After writing a recent blog post on the effects of waste on food security, I have started to notice the enormous amount of fruits and vegetables I throw away. My roommate and I even began a tradition of shouting out “Food waste!” … Read More

The Secret Power of Microenterprise

July 26th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Let’s start by making a list of all that we know microenterprise development can do: 1) Give opportunities to have a steady income 2) Teach useful skills 3) Teach the value of saving and record-keeping 4) Help send children to school 5) Start a small business 6) Invest in future goals 7) Help support entire … Read More

The Church as a Community

July 26th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

“The church is intended to be a beautiful place of community. A place where wealth is shared and when one suffers, everyone suffers. A place where when one rejoices, everyone rejoices. A place where everyone experiences real love and acceptance in the midst of great honesty about our brokenness. Yet most of the time this … Read More

‘Not Today’ [FILM REVIEW]

July 26th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

Not Today is about the reality of modern-day slavery that is happening to the most dehumanized group of people in the world: India’s people group, the Dalits. The movie is centered on the theme of human trafficking and the complexities that entangle the system. The movie was produced by Friends Church, a congregation in California … Read More

Micah Challenge: To Act Justly (Part 1)

July 26th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

The verse on which Micah Challenge and all of its branches is based is one of my favorites. Micah 6:8 says, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”   So for the … Read More

20 Things I Need to Survive

July 26th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

I interviewed a 13-year-old girl from South Carolina, asking her to name the 20 most important things she needs to survive. Here’s what she listed: 1. God/Church 2. Mom/Dad/Guardian 3. Food 4. Car 5. Friends 6. iPhone 7. iPod 8. Clothes 9. Books 10. Mentors 11. Education/Teacher 12. Doctors 13. Internet 14. Money 15. Weapons … Read More

How GMO Crops Are Destroying Agriculture

July 26th, 2013 by Posted in End of Poverty

I hadn’t thought much about Monsanto until recently. It was a hometown company that sponsored the science fairs I participated in when I was in elementary school. Its headquarters was a 10-minute drive from my high school. Its website makes it sound respectable enough: “Producing more, conserving more, improving lives. That’s sustainable agriculture. And that’s … Read More