Proverbs 31:8-9 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (NIV)
I remember a few years ago when a Facebook friend unfriended me because I posted something about Compassion International and how we financially support a child from Compassion and are correspondence sponsors for five other children. He lambasted me for sending my money overseas when there are so many poor in our own country. I tried to explain that our ministry at home was to low income families and that much of our money and time goes to Good News Ministries, our ministry.
I understand completely (more than you know) that the poor of our own country are often overlooked, I also am wholly aware of the poverty in other countries as well. Sarah and I fully believe and teach to our kids that anyone can be a missionary and that we should start at home and then advance outward.
Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (NIV)
1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (NIV)