Overcoming generational poverty at first glance can leave you wondering what difference could you possibly make. Right? I mean, it is called “generational” after all. And that may be why it’s been so hard to overcome. A lot of people like quick fixes and this problem isn’t going to end in a quick fix. Overcoming generational poverty is HARD. Hard often takes time!
I believe part of the solution is to become a student of generational poverty. Reading all we can to learn more and more. Many aren’t willing to invest the time and just want to move on to something that provides a quicker “feel good” solution. Some aren’t willing because it will expose things we thought were helping but were only adding to the problem. I think that’s where most fall after becoming more aware of the origins of generational poverty.
That was my experience recently after reading a book entitled Toxic Charity – How churches and charities hurt those they help, and how to reverse it. It’s worth a read, and will really open your eyes to a different way of thinking.
I recently read an article in the News Star that continues to reinforce some of the ideas I’ve been blogging about:
- The Rev. Marcelle Crow, pastor of Reveille United Methodist Church, works with people struggling with poverty and addiction at the Hope Restored Community Center.The lack of education is the main cause of generational poverty and the reason it continues throughout generations, Crow said.
“If education is not important in the family, they don’t pass that down. Education is always the key to success of getting out of poverty,” Crow said.
Without a high school diploma or GED, chances for employment are greatly reduced. However, many don’t have the desire to pursue an education or better themselves, she said.
- “We have to change the system that rewards people for not working and promotes people to stay dependent. Generational poverty can be broken, but it will happen one person at a time,” Watson said.
You can read the entire article here.
I encourage you to become a student of generational poverty so we can do as Andy Stanley suggests, “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone!” While it’s a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) together, as we collaborate with others, we can make a difference.