Good News for the Poor

By Kurt Selles

June 29, 2022

How does the gospel affect your life? Many of us could easily come up with a list of regular activities: involvement in a local church, an active devotional life, and a commitment to daily times of prayer.

Another way we show new life in Christ is through compassion and care for those in need.

One of the world’s greatest challenges is poverty and its consequences of suffering. About 780 million people live in extreme poverty today. This is a challenge for Christians, and the Bible often reminds us that God cares for the poor and acts on their behalf with love and compassion. God calls us to do the same. In these devotions, Roy Berkenbosch draws from the Bible’s message and his experiences with World Renew (see to remind us of God’s heart for the poor.

Our author for July, Roy Berkenbosch, is a minister who served with World Renew in several capacities and served as a pastor in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also the founding director of the Micah Centre at The King’s University, Edmonton, Alberta. Now retired, he and his wife enjoy their small hobby farm.

As you read the Today devotions this month, may you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s Word!

Begin with day one of Good News for the Poor here or download the full PDF.

About the author — Kurt Selles

Kurt Selles is the director of ReFrame Ministries and serves as the Executive Editor of Today. He is a graduate of Calvin College and Seminary, and received his PhD from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to ReFrame, he served 19 years in Taiwan and China with CRC World Missions. Kurt later taught missions at Beeson Divinity School, where he also acted as the director of the school’s Global Center. Kurt and his wife, Vicki, reside in Grand Rapids and have three adult children.

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