Poverty and prayer in Asia BY Brendan H. and Tyler Green

Poverty is a major issue in the Asian countries today. Poverty is about not having enough money to meet basic needs including food, clothing and shelter. However, poverty is more, much more than just not having enough money. “Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to read. Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time." (World Bank Organisation). Despite wide-ranging diversities in the region, many poor rural people in Asia share a number of economic, demographic and social characteristics, the most common of which is landlessness or limited access to land. Poor rural households tend to have larger families, less education and higher unemployment. They also lack basic amenities such as a safe water supply, sanitation and electricity.

Children living in a slum in the Philippines

Prayer is a way to keep up hope that there will be a better time. Hope is what enables them to keep them living through their hardships. It gives them something to believe in. Prayer is a type of action that can contribute to change. It is a physical activity that can be done anytime.

By praying for change, these people can actually change their future. Through devotion, prayer becomes part of their life. Then as they pray, that prayer for change will become part of their life and therefore will promote change. Praying as a community will help promote change throughout the society.

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