Poverty is not part of your culture, character or identity. It’s simply a reality from which most human beings are only one catastrophe away. The challenges of life in southeast Kentucky merely augment the effects of the natural misfortunes we all face. And a person’s misfortune, whether caused by medical bills, a violent partner or a learning disability, should give us no fodder for stereotypes and discriminatory images of despair, or even of “poverty.”
Watch the interview with Scarlette Jasper who reinterprets rural poverty:
Read more in the Southeast Kentucky series:
Living in poverty is hard work
Terrified yet courageous in the face of violence, Mountain Moms survive together
Southeast Kentucky: Enduring images
Photo Gallery: Southeast Kentucky
Video: Scarlette Jasper reflects on the compassion of a family in need
Video: Scarlette Jasper Reinterprets Rural Poverty
Video: What makes Glynda Jackson angry?
Video: Tamara Daffron finds stability through financial health mentorship
Related commentary at baptistnews.com:
Our disaster-relief success hasn’t moved the needle in addressing poverty. We need to ask why | Craig Nash
Reimagining churches as full-time partners with those in poverty | Laura Rector
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Interfaith partnerships, service to those in poverty and an ATM define Louisiana church
The endless work of combatting rural poverty can leave you in the dark, but hope flickers
This series in the “Resilient Rural America” project is part of the BNG Storytelling Projects Initiative. Has the United States forgotten its countryside? What strength and resilience may yet be stirring outside our city limits? In “Resilient Rural America,” we attempt to answer these questions when we visit these unique communities to examine the singular nature of poverty in rural America and tell the stories of development among its courageous and resilient people.
Seed money to launch our Storytelling Projects initiative and our initial series of projects has been provided through generous grants from the Christ Is Our Salvation Foundation and the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation. For information about underwriting opportunities for Storytelling Projects, contact David Wilkinson, BNG’s executive director and publisher, at [email protected] or 336.865.2688.