Tearfund are giving global initiative 58: a big plug today, so I thought I’d join them.
This is what 58: says about itself on its website:
’58: is an unprecedented, action-based, global alliance of Christians, churches and international poverty-fighting organizations working together to end extreme poverty in our lifetime by living the True Fast of Isaiah. To achieve this ambitious goal, 58: aspires to become the largest, most unified effort ever by the global church to help the 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty. 58: answers Isaiah’s call to ‘shout it aloud and do not hold back’ through astonishing communications and honors the True Fast by providing engagement in strategic, poverty-eradicating action.’
The partners in the 58: alliance are Tearfund, International Justice Mission and Compassion. Their website has endorsements from Joel Edwards, Scott Todd and Andy Hawthorne. There’s also a film that churches are being encouraged to screen. This is what they say the film is about:
‘Woven with Biblical truth, this film draws audiences into life-changing examples of the True Fast of Isaiah 58 – a young British woman overcoming the pressures of consumer society, Ethiopian Christians working to restore their environment, an American business owner promoting Fair Trade coffee and connecting his local community with the work of ending poverty, a local pastor in India working to be a Good Samaritan to those enslaved by bonded labor, and the sacrificial generosity of New York youth giving up their own food for the sake of those with even less. These impatient revolutionaries and ordinary prophets present viewers with an empowering vision of the Church rising up to its remarkable potential to end extreme poverty, by bringing God’s words through Isaiah to life in our time, in our day.’
Those in the 58: alliance believe that this could be something huge that could change the world. Let’s hope and pray they’re right.