We hardly consider ourselves experts on poverty - it's a complex issue - and so we don't expect you to be either. But we do think that if you're a part of the work we're doing, it'd be good for you to have some understanding of poverty - its causes and ways of addressing it. Below you'll find a number of ideas that have made us think - and we share them with the hope that they might stimulate your thinking around poverty. Come back for a visit once in a while to check out material we've added. Also, please let us know if any of the links are broken and we'll update them. We'd also love to hear about any particular questions or topics you think would worth exploring, or what your responses were to the things posted here: let us know here.
The Amos Magazine is an annual, 40-page publication packed full of art, poetry and write-ups about different aspects of poverty. Click on the image to get yourself either a free digital version, or to order a hard copy.
Amos Mobile Library
We've come to the realisation that we have a lot of very interesting books that relate to the work that we're doing, and that some of you may be interested in having a read. So we're trailing the Amos mobile library, where you can borrow one of these books for a while before returning it to us. Click on the image to be taken to the Amos mobile library page where you can browse the various books we have on loan, and get them delivered to your home.
For those who want to dig deeper
If you're interested in undertaking some formal studies that wrestle with the practical implications of the gospel for issues of poverty and injustice, we love the Graduate Diploma in Transformational Development (or GDTD) delivered by the AGST Alliance. It's highly accessible and you'll be interacting with other folks who are working in poverty alleviation. This is a course that has its feet firmly on the ground and its head in the Bible. If you'd like a higher level of study, but with that same grounded, gospel-oriented nature, we highly recommend the Masters of Transformational Development (or MTD) through Eastern College of Australia - which the GDTD from AGST Alliance is based on. Our Executive Director Clinton Bergsma has completed the MTD through Eastern College, and now helps to facilitate it - if you'd like some personal insights into the course, pop him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. He'd be more than happy to share his experiences of the MTD with you.