In informal settlements in Africa poverty is rampant and often despair reigns. A terrible lack of food, sanitation, infra-structure and jobs is present. Can the church in any way be instrumental in changing the situation of the people and if so how? In research in informal settlements near Bloemfontein South Africa it was established that the church can play a definite role in inspiring people to be proud of themselves and engage in activities to better their situations. New ways of how the church can inspire people and what kind of activities can and should be developed were researched. Suggestions are made on how the church should enhance positive family life, give people hope and help the poor to start with their own activities to obtain a better livelihood. When absolute poverty reigns the church can be the first to enter into the lives of the people and supply them with basic needs. This is however only a part time solution as the church must inspire people to get out of the circle of poverty by getting involved in their own future.
|Keywords:||Christian Church, Poverty, Informal Settlements, Hope|
Head Department of Missiology, Department of Missiology, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa
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