Laura and Clark discuss the founding of A Simple House. After Clark left graduate school, he felt called to be a missionary and work with and befriend the poor. He eventually decided to found a Catholic ministry that would serve the poor through friendship evangelization. In this episode, Clark and Laura talk about what poverty was like in DC when they started the ministry 20 years ago, and about wanting to take the Bible story of the rich young man seriously, trusting in Divine Providence, and solidarity. The first few years of A Simple House’s ministry was experimental, as they figured out how to evangelize well and serve inner-city families meaningfully. In this episode, they discuss many of the ups and downs of those early years.
Clark and Laura discuss how the rising inflation in the US has an impact on people in poverty, based on their experience serving the poor through our ministry, as well as Clark’s background in economics.