For the past three years, I have had the pleasure of serving on the local Nashville Board of HOPE International. And Isaac Ezell, HOPE Associate Director of Development, recently informed me about an exciting new initiative HOPE is about to undertake—a way to help people understand and experience the daily struggles of those in poverty. I immediately wanted to know more about this initiative.

Growing up, I would have been considered lower to middle class, but I never understood or experienced abject poverty. Now that I have children, I realize the importance of teaching them that everyone made in the image of God is important and valuable and that one way for us to truly love our neighbors as ourselves is to gain better understanding of their lives.

That’s one of many reasons I look forward to taking part in the HOPE Poverty Simulation in Brentwood, Tennessee on January 8. I would love for you to join me.

Here’s a little more information from the HOPE Poverty Simulation Team:

In the face of overwhelming global need, it’s easy to feel paralyzed. As believers, we know we’re called to act—but what do we do? You are invited to take a first step by symbolically slipping into the shoes of men and women living in poverty, to gain a greater understanding of what it’s like from the inside.

The HOPE Poverty Simulation is a 2 1/2-hour, immersive, experiential learning opportunity designed to help participants catch a glimpse into the realities of a lifetime living in poverty. Over the course of the simulation, you will be confronted with a series of challenges that mimic the complex, everyday realities that men and women living in poverty are forced to grapple with. This experience will bene t anyone interested in learning more about engaging in global poverty.

Please wear clothing suitable for sitting on the ground and closed-toe shoes. The simulation is appropriate for ages 14+.

The Details:

  • WHEN: Monday, January 8, 2018 from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: Fellowship Bible Church- Brentwood Campus (1210 Franklin Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027)

There are limited spots for this simulation, so please take the time to sign up now to secure your spot.

I hope to see you there!

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