This contribution to the Lenten synchroblog is from Tim Mathis in Factoria Washington. I would heartily recommend the film Affluenza that tim mentions here and for teenagers the World Vision Australia clip Teenage Affluenza is also a great introduction to this issue.
A few months ago, before signing on for the synchroblog, my interns and I had decided to try out a slightly shocking object lesson on poverty and wealth that I learned from another youth minister. In one of those strange synchronicities, the date and lesson lined up perfectly with the suggested Lenten activity for the week – a fast where no more than $2/day is spent on food, in solidarity with the 50% of the world that lives on that much or less.
Each Sunday our youth group has a dinner together – usually high-carb, high-fat teenage fare such as pizza, tacos, nachos, pasta, etc. This week, after an anxious buildup, our group was provided with a more normal meal by world standards – a bowl of white rice – the cheap stuff, cost $6.00 for a meal for 20. read the entire post