Time to ACT

October 17: International Day for Eradication of Poverty

THIS DAY presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty.

WHAT CAN WE DO? Before beginning any community service activity or ministry, do a survey in the community to assess the needs. Use the information gained from the survey to help you and your team choose which ministries or projects you will establish first.

Ministry ideas

  • Small business development
  • Money management seminar
  • Debt counseling
  • Food baskets for needy families
  • Family Hygiene Packs with personal hygiene products
  • Meals for a homeless shelter
  • School supplies for needy children
  • Blankets in winter time
  • Retirement planning seminar
  • Community vegetable garden
  • Community classes: adult literacy, hygiene, and basic sanitation
  • Widow support groups
  • Offer medical/spiritual assistance in partnership with Health Ministries department
  • Develop and implement anti-poverty projects in partnership with other departments in the church and community
  • Enable women in your church and community to meet the needs of those living in poverty
  • Provide information on how to access low-cost legal services, including literacy programs, health care assistance, and educational service especially designed to reach women living in poverty

Source: WM Six issues Brochure

Prayer Corner

  • General Conference Annual Council
  • Women struggling with poverty
  • Women who are ministering to the poor
  • Government decisions that affect women globally


October 1:  Devotional Book Deadline
October 17:  International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
October 31:  Scholarship applications due to GCWM