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When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself

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Publisher Comments:

Good Intentions Are Not Enough

Unleashing and equipping people to effectively help the poor requires repentance and the realization of our own brokenness. When Helping Hurts articulates a biblically based framework concerning the root causes of poverty and its alleviation.

A path forward is found, not through providing resources to the poor, but by walking with them in humble relationships.

Whether you're involved in short-term missions or the long-term empowerment of the poor, this book helps teach you three key areas:

�        Foundational Concepts Who are the poor?

�        Principles Should we do relief, rehabilitation, or development?

�        Strategies How can we help people effectively here and abroad?

Synopsis:

With more than 300,000 copies in print, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand that poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources and that it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty.

While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they're trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out. 

 

About the Author

STEVE CORBETT is the Community Development Specialist for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College. Previously, Steve worked for Food for the Hungry International as the Regional Director for Central And South America and as Director of Staff Training. Steve has a B.A. from covenant College and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia.

DR. BRIAN FIKKERT is a Professor of Economics and the founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. Dr. Fikkert earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, specializing in international economics and economic development. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and is the author of numerous articles in both academic and popular journals. Prior to coming to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland--College Park and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector.

Table of Contents

Preface

Opening Excercise

Introduction

Part 1:  Foundational Concepts for Helping Without Hurting

Chapter 1:  Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?

Chapter 2:  What's the Problem?

Chapter 3:  Are We There Yet?

Part 2:  General Principles for Helping Without Hurting

Chapter 4:  Not All Poverty Is Created Equal

Chapter 5:  Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, and Their Assets

Chapter 6:  McDevelopment:  Over 2.5 Billion People NOT Served

Part 3:  Practical Strategies for Helping Without Hurting

Chapter 7:  Doing Short-Term Missions Without Doing Long-Term Harm

Chapter 8:  Yes, In Your Backyard

Chapter 9:  And to the Ends of the Earth

Chapter 10:  What's Next?

Concluding Remarks

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802409980
Author:
Corbett, Steve
Publisher:
Moody Publishers
Author:
Fikkert, Brian
Author:
Perkins, John
Author:
Platt, David
Subject:
Christianity-Social Issues
Copyright:
Edition Description:
New Edition
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.63 in

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With more than 300,000 copies in print, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand that poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources and that it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty.

While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they're trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out. 

 

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