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

ISBN-10: 0802457061
ISBN-13: 9780802457066
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Description: Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and themselves. Don't let this happen to you, your ministry or ministries  More...

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List price: $14.99
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 4/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and themselves. Don't let this happen to you, your ministry or ministries you help fund! A must read for anyone who works with the poor or in missions, When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications. The result is an effective and holistic ministry to the poor, not a truncated gospel."Initial thoughts" at the beginning of chapters and "reflection questions and excercises" at the end of chapters assist greatly in learning and applying the material. A situation is assessed for whether relief, rehabilitation, or development is the best response to a situation. Efforts are characterized by an "asset based" approach rather than a "needs based" approach. Short term mission efforts are addressed and economic development strategies appropriate for North American and international contexts are presented, including microenterprise development. Now with a new preface, a new foreword, and a new chapter to assist in the next steps of applying the book's principles to your situation, When Helping Hurts is a new classic!

John Perkins was born on January 28, 1945 in Hanover, New Hampshire. He attended Brown University, and Boston University School of Management during the 1960s. His best-known book is Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2004), an insider's account of the exploitation or neo-colonization of Third World countries by what Perkins describes as a cabal of corporations, banks, and the United States government. His 2007 book, The Secret History of the American Empire, provides more evidence of the negative impact of global corporations on the economies and ecologies of poor countries, as well as offering suggestions for making corporations behave more like good citizens. Since the late 1980's he has been heavily involved with non-profit organizations in Ecuador and around the world.

David Platt was born in 1979 and is an American pastor. He is currently the head pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, and he is also the author of the New York Times Best Seller Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Platt released his follow-up book, Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God in April, 2011. Platt graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in journalism. From there he attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. There he received the degrees of M.Div, Th.M, and also a Ph.D. After he finished his doctorate, Platt served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics. He also served at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans. At the age of 26, Platt was hired to lead the congregation of The Church at Brook Hills. In 2013 his title Follow Me: A Call to Die. a Call to Live made The New York Times Best Seller List.

Foreword-2009
Foreword-2012
Preface
Opening Exercise
Introduction
Foundational Concepts for Helping Without Hurting
Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?
What's the Problem?
Are We There Yet?
General Principles for Helping Without Hurting
Not All Poverty Is Created Equal
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, and Their Assets
McDevelopment: Over 2.5 Billion People Not Served
Practical Strategies for Helping Without Hurting
Doing Short-Term Missions Without Doing Long-Term Harm
Yes, in Your Backyard
And to the Ends of the Earth
Getting Started on Helping Without Hurting
Excuse Me, Can You Spare Some Change?
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
A Final Word: The Most Important Step
Appendix: The Community Organizing Process in North America
Concluding Remarks
Notes
Acknowledgments

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