Peering Into the Urban Slums

by on October 23, 2008

This is incredible. I saw this on the Culture Making blog today. Here’s how they describe the site: “Norwegian photojournalist Jonas Bendiksen has spent a good deal of time in Indian, Kenyan, Indonesian, and Venezuelan slums, and his website, The Places We Live, features dazzling 360-degree photos of homes and shanties, navigable and altogether immersive, along with audio recordings made by the inhabitants. Prepare yourself to gape, gasp, laugh, cry, and experience every emotion in between.”

If you’re not able to travel to a developing country and witness the urban slums firsthand, you can’t do much better than this. The tug on your heart is powerful, and it gives renewed meaning both to the call of Jesus to serve those who are sick, in need of food and clothing (Matt. 25:31-46), and to James’ definition of religion (James 1:27). 1,000,000,000 (yes, that’s billion) of your neighbors on this earth live in urban slums. Be sure to check out the places they live.

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