Poverty's Paradox

I believe there's Biblical truth within this mathematical construct
that will enable us to increase the efficiency of our benevolency.

Fundamental Truths

Always exist

No matter the lengths of our efforts, poverty will always exist. (Matt. 26:11, Mark 14:7, Deut 15:11)

Local First

These relatively subjective Biblical limits can be expressed in an objective mathematical construct.

Negative Poverty

People like you and I who want to help the communities around them, but within the convenience of our schedules (a valid concern)

Only Five

All physical needs can be categorized into one of five different groups, and 5 is a lot less than near infinite...


If we're going to make a deeper impact, we have to look into the depths of...

Positive Poverty

This is the state of being that a person is lacking the resources in order to provide for themselves or those under their care.

What can we do?

I believe we can imagine in a future where more men, women, and everything in between can secure themselves within the footholds of those who came before them, and through being better equipped for the near vertical climb everyone faces when traversing the chasm between privilege and poverty. 

My purpose for this project is to leave footholds and ropes in place for those who want to climb. Not everyone can, and not everyone wants to, but I believe that in partnership with bigger benevolent communities–communities of people who have either experienced poverty, and crawled out themselves, or never have felt the backhanded blessing of poverty and were born with a compassionate heart. Regardless of worldview, this is responsive of Jesus’ cry to His believers to take care of the widows and orphans, the least of creation. 

Jesus was the Word made flesh, and if the Word of God spoke the universe in motion, is it such a stretch to believe that every compassionate heart is responsive of God’s purpose
for His believers, whether or not their intentions are to be so?

interpreting the #data

Approaching zero

Biblically speaking, I don’t think poverty can ever be completely removed. Because of this fundamental truth, I believe then that there is a space between our efforts and zero, one of which we had no definition for. I hope the elemental breakdown of the formula helps you understand the value in storing the following information as simply as possible; bypassing our diminished attention spans. 

Those with a negative poverty coefficient do not have poverty, and those with a positive poverty coefficient experience an impoverished state of existence.

The major idea I’m trying to convey is this: if we, as benevolent people (-P) need someone to help (+P), and our goals are to bring their “need coefficient” as close to zero as possible, then we should be able to view this transaction the same way we do gravity. While we can’t see it, we can see the effect it has on the world around it (i.e. falling apples).

Just like in any other form of mathematics, we have to add together like terms. If we’re focused on someone’s element of poverty (E)–for example if they’re homeless–doesn’t it make the most sense to find them some shelter?

In that same line of thinking, wouldn’t it make the most sense to get someone food if they’re hungry? These examples might sound like common sense (because they are).  Just like math class back in school, you can’t add apples and oranges.

A person’s need velocity (sub V) is simply their subjective judgement of past, present and future positions of their plight. Where have they been, and how have they ended up where they are now?

If they continue down this path, where do they believe they’ll end up? Where would they prefer to be, and what resources do they immediately need in order to continue that journey across the precipice between privilege and poverty?

Location… location… location… (L) As the physical distance between the benevolent action and the person burdened with a positive poverty coefficient increases, the effectiveness of said blessing decreases due to diminishing returns.

The more resources that are devoted to the transportation to bringing the burden and blessing together the less there are available for the intended recipient.

Four parts of the ecosystem of poverty

There are three major parts to the Ecosystem of Poverty: those who have, those who have not, and those who want to help.

(Disclaimer: I’m using those words as empirically as possible. I am not, nor have I ever, supported socialism)

The problem within the Ecosystem of Poverty isn’t the parts themselves, but the channels of communication across the major parts of this ecosystem. Due to their very nature, the Local Lighthouses currently cause extreme bottlenecks of both finacial burdens and during intake of the recipients of these blessings. From food pantries to food stamps, each and every benevolent organization, we’ve concluded we don’t have enough “good people to #help”.

The space inbetween

As seen from the previous graphic, and looking around in the communities around us, we can see the impoverished conditions around us.

I believe if we really want to improve the living conditions of those around us, we would learn how to better communicate with and to those in need in and around our communities.

Consider the Digital Missionary Reporting System a translator of our heart’s concerns and a person’s genuine need. This project is my attempt as planting preverbial beacons of hope in the virtual community around me–to shine my light through the tubes of the internet–and encourage those around me with the gifts God’s purposes my life’s experience on. (More about me here)

Your Neighborhood Need List

United States + Canada


Want to #help?