A Passion for the Poor

Okorie Kalu’s book, Onyekachi: Hope for the Hopeless, is one of the free resources available to those interested in learning how to serve the poor.

Jesus cared deeply about the poor during his time on Earth. Consider His personal calling statement:

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free.
(Luke 4:18, NIV).

How can we as Jesus-followers develop the same passion to care for the poor and distressed?

In an effort to draw us closer to the heart of God, The International Navigators has created an entire website devoted to developing a biblical response toward the poor. 

Some highlights from this site are:

Free Bible study

A team of international Navigator leaders has developed a free, downloadable, six-part study guide (PDF) to help you gain a deeper understanding of God's heart for those impacted by injustice and oppression. This Bible study would be fitting for a Sunday school class, small group, or one-to-one discipleship.

The study offers an online discussion forum.

Free book download

Onyekachi: Hope for the Hopeless (PDF) is the first-person account of Navigator Okorie Kalu. God brought him out of poverty in Nigeria and taught him how to help others who are in dire circumstances. His experiences have helped shape how The Navigators serves among the poor.

This small book is also offered in print from NavPress, and bulk prices are available.

Free videos

These six videos tell stories of transformation among the vulnerable from all walks of life, from people in Phoenix, Arizona, all the way to Ethiopia. These support the content of the Bible study, but stand alone for viewing in churches and small groups.

Jesus still cares about the poor, of course, but now we are His hands and feet. It is up to us to declare God's Good News to the poor and oppressed around us and around the globe.


For more information on how The Navigators is working to seek justice for the world's poor, please write International Communications Specialist Glenn McMahan at info@navigators.org.

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