Honoring International Human Solidarity Day

By Kristen Johnson

Today we celebrate International Human Solidarity Day, a day when we recognize that we must work together to provide lives of dignity for all. The day was adopted after the United Nations committed to its Sustainable Development Goals:

  • No poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health and Well-being
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Climate Action
  • Life Below Water
  • Life on Land
  • Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  • Partnerships for the Goals (UN.org)

These goals were adopted in September, 2015 and each one of these goals has a specific target to be achieved over the next 15 years.

For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you. (UN.org).

The list above is a truly amazing list that, if we actually achieved the goals it sets, would change the world. There is so, so much we can do to help alleviate poverty, relieve climate change, build peace, etc. Following are a few of my favorite organizations working on some of these issues that you might wish to also support:

Compassion International: This fabulous faith-based organization works on long-term child poverty alleviation. You can sponsor a child through adolescence and help them to become responsible, Christian adults. I have read a lot over the years about this wonderful organization and the truly amazing work they do around the world. To find out more, see here: http://www.compassion.com.

World Help: Another Christian organization working to serve the physical and spiritual needs of impoverished communities around the world. To date, they have served 76 million people in over 70 countries around the world. They work on aid and relief, sustainability and education, community development, and child sponsorship. They are are wonderful organization worthy of your contributions. To find out more, see here: https://worldhelp.net.

Stop Hunger Now: I am blessed to be part of a church community that works every Martin Luther King, Jr. service weekend to pack 22,000+ meals for this absolutely fabulous organization. They distribute the meals to partner organizations around the world that promote education and encourage children to attend school. It’s impossible to say enough good about this organization. To find out more, see here: http://www.stophungernow.org.

These are but a few of the many worthy organizations working on some of the UN’s sustainability goals, as well as Christianity’s commission to serve the poor.

Matthew 19:21 (NRSV): Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money[a] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

Serve all with love.

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2 thoughts on “Honoring International Human Solidarity Day

  1. Hi Kristin
    Thank you for your work to keep your blog active – treasured by me.
    Your daily Bible references usually prompt me to read more, so I type the reference into Google, and that then keeps me reading for 10 minutes or sometimes an hour, so I can get a better context.

    Today I ended up going from Matthew 19:21 … backwards to Matthew 18: 21 – 35.
    Couldn’t stop reading.
    There I learned that I was harbouring unforgiveness towards a few people who had hurt me when I was very young, and since then too of course. That was more than 50 years ago now, and it had affected my entire life, particularly my joy of living. I lost that before I was even a teenager.

    Today I am resolving to work at forgiving – truly forgiving – these people.
    The anger and bitterness, mild though it is today, still needs to be dealt with, and I will do that.

    I am telling you this (without other details) because I want you to know just how far-reaching your little ministry really is, and huge positive effect it is having in my life. Your blog is the biggest single prompt I have to turn to the Bible and just read the things God wants me to apply in my life.

    Thank you for your persistence and your thoughtful daily posts.
    You may never know how far the ripples of your ministry are reaching, but occasionally there is a big ripple that washes over me and I am really blessed.

    I hope that God richly blesses you too, for your caring (and I am certain, obedient) spirit.


    1. Hello Ivan! Reading your words about my “ministry” absolutely made my day and touched my heart. I can’t thank you enough……I’m stunned to think about God using me in this way.

      I’m so glad that you mentioned struggling with forgiveness, because I have the same problem and I think it’s likely that we are not alone. I have been struggling to forgive some people who hurt me very deeply 20+ years ago. I agree with you that it does lessen over time, but really the only way I’ve been able to get past it is with constant help from God. It seems silly, but to be betrayed by someone who isn’t sorry for what they’ve done is the worst hurt of all. (Isn’t it easier to forgive someone who begs for forgiveness?)

      I wonder if you’ve ever read the book “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom. It’s my favorite book and I reread it every so often – I’ve likely read it 20+ times now. Whenever I struggle with forgiveness, I only think of this book. You’ve inspired me to reread it again and write about it on my blog! More soon….

      Thank you, as always, for your encouraging words. Sometimes I get discouraged when I notice that not very many people read what I write on a daily basis…..so it’s nice to know that someone out there likes it and is encouraged to read the Bible more because of it!


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