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New York Times states global extreme poverty has fallen!

In a March 6 New York Times article, Annie Lowrey reports a World Bank report shows a broad reduction in extreme poverty - and indicates that the global recession, contrary to economists' expectations, did not increase poverty in the developing world.

The report shows that for the first time the proportion of people living in extreme poverty - on less than $1.25 a day - fell in every developing region from 2005 to 2008. The biggest recession since the Great Depression seems not to have thrown that trend off course, preliminary data fromj2010 indicate.

Life of a LIFEgroup

Almost 8 years ago my wife and I got married, became members at Calvary and joined a LIFEgroup.  All of the above have been incredible blessings in my life...in fact it is very difficult to think of my life outside any of those parameters.  In the past month I have had the opportunity to give some new leadership to LIFEgroups at Calvary and get a pulse for the overall health and trajectory of our small group communities.  In that process I have bumped into LIFEgroups in many different situations and wondered if there was a way to map out what I was discovering and learning.  For what its wo

LOVE these numbers!

I wanted to share this with as many people as possible because its so exciting! This is part of a 3 month report I received from Pastor Bilda who is the Director of the Bible League in Haiti. God continues to do great things through this organization.

Remember this is only for 3 months!

September-November,2011

1,633 adults completed training to be evangelists.

16,816 adults completed bible studies

9,364 adults completed discipleship studies

50 Jobs Created

50 jobs have been created through Calvary's Global Missions. Calvary emphasizes education as well as job creation in the regions of the world we are working because, Education without Employment doesn't improve people's lives!

Here is the breakdown:

Haiti,Art Dealer,1FT job

Haiti,Construction Supply Store,2 FT jobs,2 PT jobs

Haiti,Feed Distributor, 1 FT

Haiti, Plaintains, 20 PT

Zambia,Sewing Factory 15 FT

Zambia,Poultry, 3 FT

How will a coffee processing center help farmers in Honduras?

 

Calvary funded a coffee processing center in LaUnion,Honduras which will allow the small-scale farmers to process their coffee. This has previously been unavailable to them because of their lack of capital to build their own processing equipment. The center will allow them access to international coffee markets as well and the center will provide training on quality improvement, processing, environmental protection and the making and use of organic fertilizers.