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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Live 58: and Compassion evening at church

Every Tuesday evening a group of people in their 20s and 30s from my church get together. Sometimes we study books of the Bible, we just finished a DVD Christian listening course, othertimes we just meet up for a social.

This week I get chance to share the Live 58: DVD I got sent through Compassion:
This is the inspiring true story of the global Church in action. Witness bravery and determined faith in a journey from the slums of Kenya to the streets of New York. Confront the brutality of extreme poverty and meet those who live out the True Fast of Isaiah 58 and create stunning new possibilities for the future.
Travel from the sun-scorched plains of rural Ethiopia to British shopping centres, from Brazilian ganglands and the enslaving quarries of India to western churches, businesses and conferences.
58: invites audiences to discover the incredible work of God through his people in our hurting world. Meet ordinary people, hear their stories, and see their struggles and their victories as 58: shows the relentlessly loving God at work through his Church bringing hope to the darkest challenges of our day. Experience eye-opening reasons to lift our expectations of the future.
Woven with Biblical truth, this film draws audiences into life-changing examples of the True Fast of Isaiah 58 - a young British woman overcoming the pressures of consumer society, Ethiopian Christians working to restore their environment, an American business owner promoting Fair Trade coffee and connecting his local community with the work of ending poverty, a local pastor in India working to be a Good Samaritan to those enslaved by bonded labor, and the sacrificial generosity of New York youth giving up their own food for the sake of those with even less. These impatient revolutionaries and ordinary prophets present viewers with an empowering vision of the Church rising up to its remarkable potential to end extreme poverty, by bringing God's words through Isaiah to life in our time, in our day.
At the end of the film during the discussion time I had chance to show my Compassion folder with my sponsored kids photos, details and letters in it. It gave me an opportunity to introduce others to Compassion. No-one immediately rushed off to sponsor a child I don't think, but a couple of people did say they want to think about it and talk to me at a later date.

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