58: Global Impact Tour Targets End of Extreme Poverty by 2035

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Alliance of 10 leading poverty-fighting organizations announces innovative online experience that invites Christians to live and think differently to eradicate extreme global poverty

The question now is not, ‘Can we end extreme poverty?’ The question is, ‘How fast?’ We are halfway there.

Though 93% of Americans think that extreme global poverty has stayed the same or worsened in the last few decades*, it has in fact been cut in half in the last 30 years, from 52% to 26% of the world’s population**. To help finish the job, 58: has launched the 58: Global Impact Tour at http://www.live58.org/tour.

Over the next 12 months, the 58: Global Impact Tour will deliver an interactive online experience featuring 12 countries, 12 issues, and 12 poverty-fighting projects. It invites Christians to live out Isaiah 58. In that chapter, the prophet Isaiah chastises God’s people for empty displays of religion and calls for a “true fast” – to remove the chains of injustice, to set the oppressed free, to feed the hungry, to shelter the homeless, and to clothe the naked.

Created to inspire and equip Christians to respond to Isaiah 58, the online “tour” invites Christians to fast, pray, and give together to fight extreme poverty:

  •     Educating people about different poverty issues and solutions each month
  •     Encouraging people to pray for specific needs, issues, and countries
  •     Asking people to make some kind of personal sacrifice (or “fast”) to help the poor
  •     Inviting people to donate to a proven poverty-fighting project from an Alliance member

“It’s clear from Scripture that God has a heart for the poor and calls us to help the hurting and oppressed,” said Steve Grey, Executive Director of 58:. “Imagine what could happen if every Christian in the U.S. were to fast, pray, and give to help the global poor. At even $10 or $20 per month, fasting a meal, or skipping a new purchase is a small sacrifice for us, but could change or even save a person’s life. That's what it means to ‘live 58’.”

Dr. Scott Todd, Senior Advisor at Compassion International and one of the architects of 58:, is seeing the momentum: “The question now is not, ‘Can we end extreme poverty?’ The question is, ‘How fast?’ We are halfway there. Generosity and new engagement by Christians can propel us to the finish line.”

58: is a global alliance of Christians, churches and 10 of the world’s leading poverty-fighting organizations working together with one goal – end extreme poverty by 2035. 58: takes its name from Isaiah 58’s mandate to care for the poor and oppressed. The 58: Alliance consists of Compassion International, CRWRC, ECHO, Food for the Hungry, HOPE International, International Justice Mission, Living Water International, Micah Challenge, Plant With Purpose, and World Relief. Each was selected for the alliance because of their Christian identity, solidarity with the principles of Isaiah 58, and their reputation for excellence in fighting poverty.

To learn more about the 58: Global Impact Tour, go to http://www.live58.org/tour.

For media inquiries, contact press(at)live58(dot)org or Rich at 719-377-2358.

  • September 2011 Barna Study

** 2009 World Development Indicators, World Bank

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