Poverty Is Not the Main Problem

All over the world there are those in need of help. We can view this as something to despair about, or we can look at it as an opportunity to bring hope and love to others. Here at Jesus’ Economy, we believe that hope and love is the answer.

Many people in the developing world simply need someone to believe in them and invest in them. They need someone to mentor them; someone to provide them with the means to succeed. This is precisely why microloans with ecommerce in mind are a game changer. When you provide someone with not just a loan—which empowers them to take control of their own future—but also with connections to buyers from around the world, you can change entire economies. You can provide jobs. You can bring hope through sustainability.

Similarly, all over the world there are incredible church planters just waiting for funding, so that they can make even more amazing things happen. Grants provide a way for that to occur. These people can bring spiritual and moral change to communities. They can introduce Jesus into people’s lives.

When entrepreneurs then enter into accountability relationships with church planters in their community, ethical standards become the norm. When fair trade becomes a way of doing business, people are provided with sustainable livelihoods. When basic needs are then also met, entire communities are transformed.

Our focus must be more than alleviating poverty; it must be changing the reason why people become impoverished. We must find what leads people to poverty and change that. And the reasons why people become impoverised are known: a lack of jobs, a lack of basic needs being met, corrupt and unstable societies, and others. The model of Jesus' Economy addresses each of these components.

We have an opportunity to bring hope to people in desperate situations. Now is the time. If not our generation, then who? Act today.

John Barry
John Barry


CEO and Founder of Jesus' Economy. John is the General Editor of the highly acclaimed Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary. His new book is Jesus' Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Love, and a Pattern for Lasting Change. It is widely endorsed by Christian leaders from around the world.