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Come Read “When Helping Hurts” with us

Join us after Sunday Worship throughout the month of May for Coffee and Conversation time as we will be discussing the book called “When Helping Hurts.”  This conversation time will include a short 15 minute video and time to talk about the material.  There will be copies of the book available for purchase in class, but you can come for the discussion without the book if you like.  Join us for this process of thinking carefully about how we care for our neighbors and what’s in it for us.

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.