Recommended Reading: “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself,” by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

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As missionaries who purposefully want to help the people we are called to serve, in what way could our helping them actually cause hurt?  

This book’s authors tell how faulty assumptions about the root causes of poverty result in strategies that, rather than actually helping, often cause considerable harm to poor people and to those aspiring to help them.  It shows how effective helping takes more than just giving assistance, such as through handouts; instead, it takes an approach to empower people and promote positive change from the inside out.

Remember, “good intentions are not enough.” Instead, we should examine: 
 – Who are the poor?  
 – Should we do relief, rehabilitation, or development?
 – How can we effectively help?  

This book is part of the WIM Training Program. It is required reading for those who are involved in ministries that strive to meet the physical needs of the people they serve. It contains principles that each of us can benefit from.

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