Over the last few weeks I have been reading When Helping Hurts: How To Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting The Poor…And Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.
We live in a time when poverty is getting our attention. People are becoming more aware of poverty around the world and in their own backyards. Churches are remembering the call to care for the poor revealed in the Old Testament law and prophets and the ministry of Jesus and his apostles in the early church. People are responding to that awareness. Churches are responding to that call.
And if you are concerned and you are responding; if your church is concerned, and your church is answering the call — you need to read this book!
When Helping Hurts will tell you what not to do and make sound suggestions of what you can do to apply the gospel to a broken world. The truth is — many of our efforts to help do more harm than good. As a result, many will quickly tire of such efforts and they could end up setting back church ministry interest for years.
I have been involved in ministry to the poor and homeless for 25 years. Had this book been available 25 years ago I might have made far fewer mistakes.