Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Outreach Volunteer Coordinator Clair Paul.
Yesterday, Oct. 17, we recognized the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. We at Unbound, with the support of our sponsors, are working to one day see a world in which nobody is kept from reaching their potential because of poverty.
I recently returned from an Unbound Awareness Trip to El Salvador. Every time I travel to visit families in our programs, I’m reminded of the struggles our sponsored members face daily. Poverty is real, and it’s ugly. Yet these trips also remind me that our Unbound families are a beautiful, shining light of hope within the despair.
For elders, a new pair of shoes that they couldn’t otherwise afford is a step toward the eradication of poverty. For a family, a new roof for their home gives them a greater sense of dignity and the knowledge that others are standing with them. To many these things may seem small and insignificant, but to those who receive them, they symbolize hope, love and a brighter future.
Tomorrow, let us remember our brothers and sisters with insufficient resources. Let us partner with them in prayer and in action so that one day we can all realize our dreams. Through the dedication of our sponsors and supporters, let us continue to work toward a world where no one is debilitated by poverty.
Lord, thank you for giving us hearts that ache for others in need. Help us follow your call to serve so that one day we will live in a world in which no one is limited by poverty. Be with those who do not have the resources they need, and help them to be reminded of our love and support. In your name we pray. Amen.