When Helping Hurts

When Helping Hurts: Part 8

“Many North American churches and ministries are reconsidering the approaches they have been taking toward the materially poor.  Many are realizing they have been applying “relief” inappropriately and want to shift toward “development” in their work at home and abroad.” – When Helping Hurts The way people approach the materially Read more…

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When Helping Hurts: Part 7

“Broken economic systems contribute to material poverty, and nowhere is this more true than in the Majority World, where unemployment is rampant and an estimated 2.6 billion people live on less than two dollars per day.” – When Helping Hurts When someone writes a book, I will sometimes try to Read more…

By Brian, ago
The Oak House

When Helping Hurts: Part 6

“Poor people in North America could benefit rom all of the following: (1) the ability to work at jobs with living wages, (2) the capacity to manage their money, (3) the opportunity to accumulate wealth, and (4) a greater supply of quality education, housing, and health care at affordable rates.” Read more…

By Brian, ago
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When Helping Hurts: Part 5

“Forty-five years after President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the War on Poverty, the poverty rate in America stubbornly hovers around 12%, decade after decade, year after year.” – When Helping Hurts. Why?  Why can’t we find a blueprint for poverty alleviation?  There has to be a secret recipe floating around Read more…

By Brian, ago
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When Helping Hurts: Part 4

“What is wrong will come out soon enough…” Chapter 5 of “When Helping Hurts” was a short chapter.  The focus was on trying to find that assets those in poverty bring to the table.  Poor doesn’t mean “no money”. Most of the time, money isn’t the real solution to their Read more…

By Brian, ago
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When Helping Hurts: Part 3

“One of the biggest mistakes that North American churches make – by far – is applying relief in situations in which rehabilitation or development is the appropriate intervention.” Talk about blowing your hair back; this chapter in “When Helping Hurts” really put some of my long-held beliefs about poverty into Read more…

By Brian, ago
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When Helping Hurts: Part 2

Just as I anticipated, this book “When Helping Hurts” has challenged me in many of my assumptions about the materially poor.  As I get in to the 3rd chapter of the book, I found many of my long-help assumptions about the poor were based on my own worldview and not Read more…

By Brian, ago
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When Helping Hurts: Part 1

I have started my 21st book for the year.  It is called “When Helping Hurts: How to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor…and yourself.”  The title of the book gives a perfect summary of what you can expect to find when you read it.  I am in Chapter 2: What’s Read more…

By Brian, ago
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Can You Be You?

People have expectations on what they think a person should look like in relation to their job.  CEO’s should be in suits and ties.  Janitors should be in coveralls.  Pirates should be in puffy shirts and eye patches.  🙂 I have a personal uniform.  It stems from living my life Read more…

By Brian, ago
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Coffee Grind Conundrum

One of the things I have struggled with over the past few months is building community partnerships with existing entities.  Most of those organizations tend to be government-led in the city.  Having to partner with a faith-based organization tends to be something most governments shy away from so to say Read more…

By Brian, ago