What Newspapers Could Report about Poverty, Everyday

“Every morning our newspapers could report, ‘More than 20,000 people perished yesterday of extreme poverty.’ The stories would put the stark numbers in context—up to 8,000 children dead of malaria, 5,000 mothers and fathers dead of tuberculosis, 7,500 young adults dead of AIDS, and thousands more dead of diarrhea, respiratory infection, and other killer diseases that prey on bodies weakened by chronic hunger.”

This remark from the introduction of Jeffrey Sachs’ book, The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, is shocking, yet incredibly true. To those of us with much, it’s difficult to comprehend what life is like for those with little. Their lives seem so different than ours—so sad and so tragic. But there is hope. There is power of will. There is a want to not just survive, but thrive. There are dreamers. And there is much we can do for them.

For all of the arguments that have been presented against Sachs’ solutions to poverty, there is a great truth he presents that often gets missed: In Sachs, we have someone audacious enough to present not just the problems, but possible solutions. Poverty is complex. It involves layers upon layers of problems. Yet, Sachs believes he has a proposal that will work. His willingness to commit to a solution is bold and noble.

We at Jesus’ Economy are making a similar commitment, although our primary solution to poverty is different than Sachs’ (not opposed, just different). We boldly are proclaiming that God has chosen this time to free people from poverty. God is ready to act and we merely have to respond.

I believe the world is ready to change. I believe we are on the brink of a great revolution regarding the poverty on our planet. I am hopeful, even against the dire circumstances and statistics.

I am ready to act. Are you? Donate today.

(This post is part of the “What Jeffrey Sachs Taught Me” series.)

John Barry
John Barry


CEO, President, and Founder of Jesus' Economy. John is the author/coauthor of 12 books and General Editor of Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary.