Poverty is no longer just a foreign mission field issue, but one that's growing in our own backyard. Lancaster newspapers have identified Lancaster as having a higher percentage of poverty than other larger cities in Pennsylvania. The percentage of poverty among children is up to 43% in the city and 16% in the county. The poverty line for a family of three is approximately $20,000 annually.
We have multiple opportunities to come alongside people that are experiencing issues of poverty and homelessness:
- Help serve alongside Water Street Mission, a ministry in Lancaster City
- As a small group, offer a meal and encouragement to people struggling financially
- Use your handyman skills to participate in various service projects
- Strategize with other local churches on how we can better serve our community
Poverty within our community is not going away anytime soon. We, as the body of Christ, have the opportunity and responsibility to be ambassadors of Jesus and his kingdom.