For its fourth semester since inception, Pivot classes resumed in person in August with four passionate and motivated women and COVID protocols in place. Ranging in ages from 19 to 72, each of the participants is eagerly seeking new direction and next steps for her life. They are bonding to form community, laughing, crying, growing, and sharing with each other their challenges, celebrations, and progress, while already serving as accountability partners for each other. Incredible volunteer instructors are pouring into participants life-changing tools, knowledge, and growth opportunities. Mentors and participants are now matched and are beginning to develop trusting relationships. Pray for 100% graduation rate, so that all four women overcome barriers and follow through. Pray for participants, instructors, mentors, meal providers, and staff that this semester will be successful and life-changing so that each will flourish to be all God created them to be in relationships with themselves, with God, with others, and with their respective resources. Also pray for protection from COVID and other illness so that the classes will continue safely in person.
Some Key Points About Poverty
1. Poverty and wealth are relative. We basically know our own poverty or wealth only in relationship to others.
2. Poverty occurs in all races and countries.
3. Generational and situational poverty are different. When a family has been in poverty two generations or more, there are certain patterns and habits. In situational poverty, resources are temporarily reduced, but the mindset remains largely with the middle-class norms and values.
4. There are hidden rules in each of us related to the economic group in which we were raised.
5. Most schools, businesses, and many churches use the hidden rules of middle class. For churches to be effective across classes, members must understand the hidden rules of generational poverty, as well as middle class.
6. The fundamental reasons for poverty are lack of educational attainment and the disconnection of family and/or community.
7. Four reasons one leaves poverty: It’s too painful to stay, a vision or goal, a key relationship, or a special talent or skill.
Source: What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty (2012) R.K. Payne & B. Ehlig.
Reprinted with permission. aha! Process, Inc.