Fast Forwarding the End of Poverty: 58 The Film

Here’s the trailer for 58: THE FILM from Live 58, a Christ-centered global initiative to end extreme poverty in our generation:

The film releases in October. Here’s the synopsis:

WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED. WILL WE DO EVERYTHING IT TAKES?
Premiering this October, 58: is the inspiring true story of the global Church in action. Witness bravery and determined faith in a journey from the slums of Kenya to the streets of New York. Confront the brutality of extreme poverty and meet those who live out the True Fast of Isaiah 58 and create stunning new possibilities for the future.

Travel from the sun-scorched plains of rural Ethiopia to British shopping centers, from Brazilian ganglands and the enslaving quarries of India to western churches, businesses and conferences.

58: invites audiences to discover the incredible work of God through His people in our hurting world. Meet ordinary people, hear their stories, and see their struggles and their victories as 58: shows the relentlessly loving God at work through His Church bringing hope to the darkest challenges of our day. Experience eye-opening reasons to lift our expectations of the future.

Woven with Biblical truth, this film draws audiences into life-changing examples of the True Fast of Isaiah 58 — a young British woman prevailing over the pressures of consumer society, Ethiopian Christians working to restore their environment, an American business owner promoting Fair Trade coffee and connecting his local community with the work of ending poverty, a local pastor in India working to be a Good Samaritan to those enslaved by bonded labor, and the sacrificial generosity of New York youth giving up their own food for the sake of those with even less. These impatient revolutionaries and ordinary prophets present viewers with an empowering vision of the Church rising up to its remarkable potential to end extreme poverty, by bringing God’s words through Isaiah to life in our time, in our day.

Experience 58: this October on television, online, on DVD, and at screening events throughout the U.S.

July 20, 2011 | Filed Under Social Good | 3 Comments 

Comments

  • Steve

    It is always good to encourage Christians to seek being as merciful as our Father, but – after serving in a Christian relief organization – I can say that statements like, “the Church rising up to its remarkable potential to end extreme poverty” are unnecessarily hyperbolic, misleading, and ultimately discouraging. They make the unattainable the goal – ending human poverty.

    We will never end poverty – John 12:28. Biblically, because it is woven into the curse that will only be lifted in the glorification. And practically, because it is rooted in socio-political realities that the Church cannot “rise up” to address unless we plan on colonizing the third world. Anyone who speaks of “ending poverty” has not even begun to come to grips with the real causes and perpetuation of human poverty – including the profound depths of human sin.

    Why can’t we stick to showing mercy and doing good the sons of God are revealed (Rom 8:19)? Let’s leave the triumphalism to our Lord.

  • Matt

    Steven,

    The key word is “extreme.” They aren’t claiming that we can end all poverty, but they are claiming we can end _extreme_ poverty.

    And they make a good case that this indeed can be done in our generation. See Scott Todd’s video here: http://notalways.live58.org/.

    Matt

  • http://live58.org Keri

    Steve, I’m not sure what John 12:28 has to do this topic. Doesn’t helping the poor glorify God? didn’t Jesus say when we help the least of these in his name, we’re helping him? And Matt is right, this film is not about eliminating all evil or even all human poverty, but about ending extreme poverty (where even basic needs are not met).
    I highly recommend you read Dr. Todd’s excellent book, Fast Living: How the Church will End Extreme Poverty. It goes deeper into the theology behind this film and the movement. You can read an excerpt of the book at http://dld.bz/atP2w