I have heard over and over that one of the highlights of the 2007 Every Nation World Conference
experience was our “compassion ministry” focus.

During the conference we featured 5 different Every Nation ministries that serve the poor. Each  compassion segment included a video and an interview. All 5 were inspirational and emotional. Hopefully, the video images and the interviews will make it easier to remember the poor.

When the Apostle Paul was explaining and defending his ministry to the Gentiles, he concluded with these words:

Galatians 2:10 – All they
(Jewish bigwigs in Jerusalem) asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. 

Paul was called to the Gentiles. That was perfectly OK with the Jewish church leaders, as long as he was willing to remember the poor.

As an apostle, Paul was supposed to reach the Gentiles. As a follower of Christ, he was supposed to remember the poor.

As a ministry, Every Nation is called to do church planting, campus ministry and world missions. As Christians, we are all called to remember the poor.

So, how does this apply to us today?
As we plant churches, we must remember the poor.
As we do campus ministry, we must remember the poor.
As we go the the ends of the earth, we must remember the poor.

We can’t read too many pages in the Bible without coming face to face with our responsibility toward the poor and needy.

Proverbs 14:31 – He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

Proverbs 21:13 – If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.

Proverbs 28:27 – He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.

Proverbs 31:9 – Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

To help us remember the poor, here are links to the 5 EN compassion ministries featured at EN.0 7:

Thembalitsha – holistic community development in South Africa
Youth Life Learning Center – after school program for inner-city kids in the USA
Baby Haven – serving abandoned and orphaned children in South Africa
House of Hope – caring for orphans and refugees in a restricted Asian nation
Real Life Foundation – educational assistance for underprivileged Filipino youth

Please keep these compassion ministries in your prayers and in your budget.

(Podcast of my Thursday conference message to pastors & staff is posted HERE.)