Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Go Into Debt For World Missions

I'm not sure how I feel about this. Hmmm. I'd love to read your comments. I saw this story at the Christian Post.
People using their credit cards for purchases can feel better about their spending with the introduction of a new card that supports mission efforts in poor countries.
Announced Monday by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the World Missions Visa Card will take a small percentage of everyday purchases and send the money to support Catholic Church programs in more than 1,150 mission dioceses in the world's most destitute nations.


Sarah said...

My initial reaction is "How bizarre!" What's strange to me here is that only 1% of your consumer transactions will go to mission work. Well, if we want to give - we should just give (instead of as a side-note of our own selfish consumerism).

I don't know, I guess 1% is better than nothing. But when your giving to people in such extreme poverty via your extravagent first-world lifestyle, something just doesn't seem Christlike about that to me. If you really want to make a difference, sponsor a child in a third world country, don't go shopping at the mall! C'mon!

Shane Vander Hart said...

I'm with you. I recently did the 30-Hour Famine with a youth group that I work with. A couple days before I did that I stopped by Starbucks for my fix. I spent just shy of $5 for a Frappucino. During the famine it occured to me that a child could have been fed by World Vision for at least four days with the money I spent on my fix.

I would much rather see people give. Thanks for your comment!