11,000 Pledges to End Poverty

Parliament has received over eleven thousand personal pledges from Christians to do their part in ending world poverty.  Working parallel to the Millennium Development Goals for 2015, these pledges signify the active effort to half extreme poverty around the world.

According to Christian Today, MP Andrew George, who received the pledges said that the promises had given him a “clearer picture of the work that needs to be done if the Government is to meet the Millennium Development Goals in the next four years.”

“The Christian maxim that ‘charity begins at home’ means what it says. Charity begins at home, it doesn’t end there.”

Christians Against Poverty Teach Valuable Budgeting Skills

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) are once again teaching their money-managing course which emphasizes the importance of old-fashioned budgeting.  More than 7,000 people attended last year’s course, and with rising VAT (tax) rates, gas prices and a job market that is still pretty bleak, the attendance numbers for this years course are set to increase.

Nearly 800 churches across the UK are set to participate in this course, offering classes beginning this month.  In this “age of austerity,” CAP feels it important to acknowledge our own financial realities.  Founder John Kirby urges, “So many of us are guessing at our finances. We’re hoping for the best while continuing to spend, really without knowing what we have available […] The Bible says the truth will set you free and certainly when you know what your situation is – even if it’s a mess – you can start to tackle the issue.”

For more information, visit www.capmoney.org

Christmas savings tips!

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) released helpful hints for those in a bit of a budget crunch this Christmas season.  Their suggestions include making homemade gifts, offering services instead of material goods (for example: free babysitting voucher), and avoiding buying out of obligation.

The biggest mistake to avoid however is taking out a loan to help with Christmas costs.  CAP claims that those who took out loans around the holiday season often feel more worried or depressed afterwards.  And of course, having the loans to pay back, along with the interest, doesn’t make saving money and investing for the future any easier.

CAP’s hesitance over holiday-borrowing and encouragement to be fiscally conservative stems from the conspicuous fact that as of now, the economy, the job market, and various factors affecting standard of living (benefits, utilities, etc) are all very unstable.

CAP Chief Executive Matt Barlow explains,  “We’re not party poopers. We just want people to enjoy Christmas and not be anxious about whether they will be able to pay it all back.”

He continues, “These are difficult times for a lot of us and the temptation is to say ‘at least we’ll have a great Christmas’ and use that as an excuse to spend what we haven’t got.”

Mycatholicblog took a lot of CAP’s great hints to heart, and especially likes tip #7: Remember – you can’t buy love. Don’t feel guilty if you can’t afford the latest present for your children. Your love and affectionwill last longer in the memory than any toy can.