Global Impact Tour
The Global Church sharing the good news of Jesus locally and globally in both word and deed
Working together is a must
Written by HOPE’s staff, partners, and friends from around the world, 100 Days of Hope offers meaningful exploration of our calling to hope, justice and prayer as well as thoughtful reflections on suffering and healing. Stunning photography throughout the devotional provides a beautiful reminder to pray as many around the world journey their way out of poverty.
Are we more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing the world? We all seem to want to change the world, but as Eugene Cho found out, it takes more than just desire. It takes action. Eugene encourages us all to discover a practical discipleship that begins with the recognition that changing the world starts with changing ourselves.
Live58 is a coalition of diverse partners committed to working together to mobilize the church, promote the gospel, and alleviate the root causes of poverty worldwide. This month, Mike Lenda of Blood:Water shares the challenges and opportunities organizations face as they seek to work together. Can diverse partners work together for multiplied, collective impact? We believe not only that they can – they must. We celebrate the work of Blood:Water as they serve as an equipping agency that partners with African grassroots organizations to address the HIV/AIDS and water crises.
What impact have Live58 resources made on you, your small group, or church? Share your story. Jan Middel, our new friend from Netherlands shares how they held “Live58 Evenings” and how they are inspiring transformation in their lives and the lives of those around them. What a beautiful example of how each of us can live Isaiah 58 in our world today. How will you “Live 58” this week?
Abounding grace to you. With gratitude,
P.S. Be sure do check out these upcoming events:
- Live58 Leadership Summit in Spring, Texas
- Christian Community Development Association – Marketplace Transformation Conference
- Compassion’s Pastor Vision Trip
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The True Fast
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
1 “Cry out loudly, don’t hold back!
Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Tell My people their transgression
and the house of Jacob their sins.
2 They seek Me day after day
and delight to know My ways,
like a nation that does what is right
and does not abandon the justice of their God.
They ask Me for righteous judgments;
they delight in the nearness of God.”
3 “Why have we fasted, but You have not seen?
We have denied ourselves, but You haven’t noticed!”
“Look, you do as you please on the day of your fast,
and oppress all your workers.
4 You fast with contention and strife
to strike viciously with your fist.
You cannot fast as you do today,
hoping to make your voice heard on high.
5 Will the fast I choose be like this:
A day for a person to deny himself,
to bow his head like a reed,
and to spread out sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast
and a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 Isn’t the fast I choose:
To break the chains of wickedness,
to untie the ropes of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free,
and to tear off every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
to bring the poor and homeless into your house,
to clothe the naked when you see him,
and not to ignore your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will appear like the dawn,
and your recovery will come quickly.
Your righteousness will go before you,
and the Lord’s glory will be your rear guard.
9 At that time, when you call, the Lord will answer;
when you cry out, He will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you get rid of the yoke among you,
the finger-pointing and malicious speaking,
10 and if you offer yourself to the hungry,
and satisfy the afflicted one,
then your light will shine in the darkness,
and your night will be like noonday.
11 The Lord will always lead you,
satisfy you in a parched land,
and strengthen your bones.
You will be like a watered garden
and like a spring whose waters never run dry.
12 Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins;
you will restore the foundations laid long ago;
you will be called the repairer of broken walls,
the restorer of streets where people live.