In looking for inspiration for the When Out of Poverty is Born, I found a thread of story that linked the great call of John the Baptist to ‘prepare the way of the Lord’ with the experience of people living in poverty through the centuries. As they struggled against landlessness and oppression, often having to flee their homes and become refugees, it was the story of a hope that continued to shine against all the odds. It was the dream that would not die, a simple but profound dream of safety and shelter, of dignity and peace, and the ability to provide for your children. It was Mary’s song, ‘he has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things’. (Lk 1,52-3).
That thread led all the way to the stories shared by Christian Aid today. Now the climate crisis is making already desperately hard lives even harder. From flooding to droughts, the chaos of changing climates pollutes water, kills crops and animals. People’s livelihoods are destroyed, and often their homes as well.