God’s People Uniting, Seeking the Face of God for Spiritual Awakening
There need be no poor people among you.
Poverty is undoubtedly one of Philadelphia’s most troublesome problems. Our City has long been identified as the poorest of our nation’s 10 largest cities. Our poverty rate has exceeded 25% every year since 2008, and nearly half of our poor residents are in deep poverty, defined as 50% below the federal poverty line. The efforts of politicians, employers, educators, social service organizations, and others don’t seem to have made a measurable dent in the problem!
The Bible speaks often about God’s concern for the poor. Regardless of where we are on the political spectrum, and what our opinions about the ways to address poverty might be, we know that the roots of the problem are spiritual. We invite you as a leader of God’s church in the Philadelphia region to join us for prayer about poverty and its impact throughout the region. Join us as we pray for God to move and to provide for the spiritual and economic flourishing of our city and region.
We have often prayed at locations which are significant to the subjects about which we are praying. Our June 20th Prayer Gathering will be held at Leon H. Sullivan Human Services Building. Dr. Sullivan was a Philadelphia pastor who played a critical role in addressing issues of economic justice both here and around the world beginning in the early 1960’s. Progress Plaza, one of his first achievements and adjacent to the building where we will meet, is the nation’s first black-owned and developed shopping center. Please join us as we pray for God to bless our city and region economically.