Poverty Resolutions

Summary

This message is an interview with Matt Jones, co-founder of Poverty Resolutions, a ministry based in Haiti. Northshore Church has partnered with them to do several medical mission trips as well as other ministry work. This gives an overview of the various segments of their ministry. There are several powerful videos included as well as still pictures. Please take the time to watch the video podcast of this message.

Community Group Discussion Guide

1. What was the most memorable part of Sunday's message for you and why?

2. Some people feel that as long as there are people in need in our own community or country that we have no business spending resources in other countries. Read Jesus' words to his disciples (which also apply to His disciples today) and discuss how they apply to this debate.

Acts 1:8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
Acts 1:9  After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

3. Matt talked about the struggles the people of Haiti face on a daily basis. Such things as the struggle to take care of the basic needs of their children and the lack of any kind of health care for over half of the people of Haiti. Sometimes their desperation leads them to such things a voodoo. Most of us do not face the same kind of extreme difficulties, and even though we may sometimes face serious health issues, we do have very good medical help. However, the problems we face can still be overwhelming and knowing that others have worse problems does not always change our perspective or our fear. What are some of the things you turn to in times like that and what should we do as Christians?

1 Peter 5:7-9 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

4. We know that we are not saved by our good deeds, but by the amazing life and ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. However, once we accept His grace and mercy He calls us to live a life of doing good deeds out of gratitude. Matt talked about four different ministries they are doing in Haiti: Medical, Spiritual, Youth Development, and Child Development. What are some ways you could help make their dreams a reality even if you can't physically go to Haiti?

James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Matthew 25:37-40 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Full Sermon Notes

"Everything I have means nothing Jesus if you're not my one thing."

We have so many things! It's not wrong to own things, but if things own you then you're never going to be satisfied, happy, or fulfilled! I have some material possessions that I really enjoy, but if Jesus weren't my one thing, I wouldn't enjoy anything! Way too many people try to find joy in things without first finding their joy in Jesus. Well I've met some people in a place called Haiti who don't have much in the way of material possessions, but they have allowed their faith in Jesus to carry them through hardships, many of us could never imagine. And when you meet these people and see them worship, the desire to share with them some of the blessings you've received is overwhelming. And then when you see their gratitude, you begin to understand that it is truly more blessed to give than to receive! Matt Jones, one of the founders of Poverty Resolutions has discovered this in a big way and after we pray, he's going to share with us some amazing stories of what God is doing to change lives in Haiti. Let's pray!

Father God, I'm so blessed! I don't deserve it Lord, but I've been blessed! I've been given all that I need, more than I need. Lord help me find someway to share my blessings and to realize what a difference even just a little of my extra means to people in a place like Haiti. Speak to our hearts today as we hear a topic that is more than relevant, it is extremely important to our mission to transform worship, people and the world! Speak powerfully through your servant, Matt, as he shares with us today. In Jesus Name I pray and believe! Amen!!

Matt, welcome to Northshore Church!! We've been in a sermon series called Relevant. It's a study on the Lord's Sermon on the Mount. I want to just read a couple of verses from that sermon because they are relevant to what we are going to do today.

Matthew 5:1-9 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Poverty Resolutions is working hard to live this message! We all know about the recent hurricane that hit Haiti and many of us have been praying for the the relief efforts. Fortunately, the areas poverty resolutions works in were spared the brunt of the storm. However, you guys are working with the ongoing humanitarian crisis that is nation wide in Haiti. Matt, tell us what you're doing!

Medical
Sorry no notes for this!

Spiritual Development

Religion In Haiti
Official religion: Roman Catholicism
2nd leading religion: Protestantism
Most Haitians consider themselves Christian
Missions and churches hold a lot of power in Haiti, in many areas a pastor or mission is held in high esteem, sometimes filling the role of a mayor or a small government
Voodoo in Haiti
Haitians see and experience death and difficulty regularly.
They lack food, medicine, and other basic necessities
Many lack hope and turn to Voodoo
Very prevalent, especially in rural areas
In Haiti, many are gripped with life-altering fear related to Voodoo, even Christians
Many attend church, consider themselves committed Christians, and also practice Voodoo or fear Voodoo

God Offers Freedom from Fear

1 Peter 5:7-9 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Our Church

Eglise Glorieuse de la Nouvelle Jerusalem
Glorious Church of the New Jerusalem
Started as a weekly Bible study (fall 2015)
In 2016, the church started with approximately 70 people each week
Now, over 100 people regularly attend
What it Looks Like:
A tent with wooden benches
1 full-time pastor & an assistant
Bible Study Mon, Wed, Friday
3 Sunday School classes plus worship
Over 15 Baptisms since its inception
Discipleship

Youth
Development
Sorry, no notes on this!

Child
Development

59% of the population lives on less than $2 per day (World Bank 2012)
24.7% of the population lives on less than $1.25 per day (UNDP 2013)
33.39% of the population is between 0-14 years of age
In the U.S., only 18.84% of the population is between 0-14 (CIA World Factbook 2016)
Ages 0-5 mortality rate: 88 per 1,000 live births (Ministry of Health 2012)
Economic orphans

James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Matthew 25:37-40 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Childcare

Education
50% of children do not attend school (World Bank 2013)
Spiritual development
Food
More than 50% of the population is undernourished (World Food Program 2015)
Access to basic medical care
Monthly home visits