How do we solve the problem of poverty?

For decades, Canadians have been asking this question and courageously committing themselves to living out the answer as best as we can.

But as solutions to the problem multiply, we often end up with the unintended results of duplication, overlapping, working in isolation, reinventing the wheel, or leaving unfilled gaps. Some of us have been so overwhelmed by the problem, we haven’t known where to begin. Understandably, we do nothing.

What if we had one place where we could all take a step back, pause, and redefine the question? What if we collaborate and share information and experiences to educate and equip one another? That’s why we created Ending Poverty Together.

And we’re changing the question.

What if, instead of asking how do we solve the problem of poverty, we ask, “What is poverty?” How we define the problem ultimately determines how we define the solution.

At Ending Poverty Together, we see poverty emerging when the four relationships you see on the Home page – God, Self, Others, Creation – were broken. So where does this understanding come from?

1. People with God

– Genesis tells us that God walked with Adam and Eve on a daily basis and talked with them to the extent that they recognized His voice. He had a relationship with them in the Garden of Eden.

2. People with Self

– The book of Genesis states that humans were created in God’s image. As image-bearers of God, we all were created with inherent dignity and worth. Having the image of our Creator allows us to live with a healthy self-image and sense of purpose.

3. People with Others

– A social relationship existed in the marriage bond between Adam and Eve. Social relationships were part of God’s plan from the beginning, and they were good, harmonious, and just.

4. People with Creation

– Humans were also given a relationship with creation, what can be referred to as the physical relationship. God positioned Adam and Eve to be caretakers of the earth, establishing a relationship between humanity and His physical creation.

In Genesis chapter 3, Adam and Eve sinned. This affected all that God created and called good. All of their relationships were broken and ever since this event in history our relationships have needed to be reconciled.

Paul, in Colossians, says that through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection God provided the way to be reconciled to Himself, but He also was reconciling “all things” to Himself through Christ. All of our relationships are part of that reconciliation.

On this website, you will find a wide variety of resources made available from incredibly diverse partners. These resources can help you discover spiritual, personal, relational, and environmental healing in your own life and in the lives of those you seek to serve. Whether you’ve been “in the business” of ending poverty for years, or you’ve just started noticing that there might be a problem, you will find support here.

It is our sincere hope that as we transform our understanding of the problem, we will be freed to better participate in living out the solutions.