With more than 300,000 copies in print, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation. Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good. But it looks ahead. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy—and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts provides proven strategies for effective poverty alleviation, catalyzing the idea that sustainable change comes not from the outside in, but from the inside out.
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Enjoy these SAMPLE pages from When Helping Hurts- 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!
|Book Title||: Quicklet on Brian Fikkert Steve Corbett and John Perkins s When Helping Hurts Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself|
|Author||: Anne Lund|
|Publisher||: Hyperink Inc|
|Release Date||: 2012-07-30|
|Available Language||: English, Spanish, And French|
ABOUT THE BOOK As we root around in our pockets or purses for change and crumpled dollars to buy a pack of gum, a paper, or cup of coffee, it is hard to fathom that 3-billion of the world’s population lives on less than $2 per day. In the US poverty has also increased dramatically with the economic downturn with 1 in 7 Americans now on food stamps, and nearly half live from paycheck to paycheck, one financial disaster away from insolvency. There is a growing rift between the comfortable and the struggling, and extreme poverty in the US is increasing. And there is no question that many are trying to address this issue. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley have recently finished a national poverty tour, the Occupy Wall Street movement has called attention to income disparity and the struggling, the UN is working on it’s End Poverty 2015 initiative, and countless think tanks and organizations are concentrating on the issue with varying degrees of success. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Soon, however, he heard the sound of voices raised in a familiar hymn and he was drawn into a humble open-air church. While there he listened to the parishioners pray directly to God for immediate needs, cures for ailments, help with hunger and shelter. He realized that these people in their prayers had a deeper relationship with God than he did with all of his advantages. The poor are also often caught in situations beyond their control. War, famine, hopeless economic conditions, and political oppression can trap them in situations. The authors believe these feelings of hopelessness cannot be overcome without a strong spiritual base. Chapter 3: Are We There Yet? The chapter begins with the case of Alisa Collins, a single mother with 5 children living in a Chicago housing project. Alis felt trapped, she wanted a job but she was a high school drop out. When she did find a job her benefits were cut and she had to worry about the expenses of childcare. She felt trapped and hopeless. How can a Church help someone like Alisa? Fikkert and Cobertt write that in order help a person like Alisa first fix relationships with God: Poverty is rooted in broken relationships, so the solution to poverty is rooted in the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to put all things into right relationship again... Buy the book to continue reading! Follow @hyperink on Twitter! Visit us at www.facebook.com/hyperink! Go to www.hyperink.com to join our newsletter and get awesome freebies! CHAPTER OUTLINE Brian Fikkert, Steve Corbett and John Perkins's When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor. . .and Yourself + About the Book + About the Authors + Overview + Appendix + ...and much more
Good intentions are not enough. When Helping Hurts offers a different framework for thinking about poverty and its alleviation. Rather than simply defining it as a lack of material things, the book addresses the roots of the issue: broken relationships with God, self, others, and the rest of creation. Online videos included. Join together as a class or small group to explore how to help the poor without hurting them. The Small Group Experience, an ideal training resource for small groups, Sunday school classes, and parachurch and nonprofit ministries, utilizes free online video lessons to unpack the basic principles of poverty alleviation in an accessible way. Filmed in the U.S. and abroad, each of the six lessons includes discussion questions, application exercises, and materials for further learning. Join the many ministries and churches that are already implementing these ideas, transforming their culture of poverty alleviation, and moving toward helping the poor without hurting them.
Co-dependency—of which enabling is a major element—can and does exist in families where there is no chemical dependency. Angelyn Miller’s own experience is a dramatic example: neither she nor her husband drank, yet her family was floundering in that same dynamic. In spite of her best efforts to fix everything (and everyone), the turmoil continued until she discovered that helping wasn’t helping. Miller recounts how she learned to alter the way she responded to family crises and general neediness, forever breaking the cycle of co-dependency. Offering insights, practical techniques, and hope, she shows us how we can transform enabling relationships into healthy ones.
When a low-income person asks your church for help, what do you do next? God is extraordinarily generous, and our churches should be, too. Because poverty is complex, however, helping low-income people often requires going beyond meeting their material needs to holistically addressing the roots of their poverty. But on a practical level, how do you move forward in walking with someone who approaches your church for financial help? From the authors of When Helping Hurts comes Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence, a guidebook for church staff, deacons, or volunteers who work with low-income people. Short and to the point, this tool provides foundational principles for poverty alleviation and then addresses practical matters, like: How to structure and focus your benevolence work How to respond to immediate needs while pursuing long-term solutions How to mobilize your church to walk with low-income people With practical stories, forms, and tools for churches to use, Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence is an all-in-one guide for church leaders and laypeople who want to help the poor in ways that lead to lasting change.
Co-dependency -- of which enabling is a major element -- can and does exist in families where there is no chemical dependency. Angelyn MillerÃ‚'s own experience is a dramatic example: neither she nor her husband drank, yet her family was floundering in that same dynamic. In spite of her best efforts to fix everything (and everyone), the turmoil continued until she discovered that helping wasnÃ‚'t helping. Miller recounts how she learned to alter the way she responded to family crises and general neediness, forever breaking the cycle of co-dependency. Offering insights, practical techniques, and hope, she shows us how we can transform enabling relationships into healthy ones.
With over 300,000 copies in print, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation. This stand-alone resource applies the principles of that book specifically to short term missions. Helping Without Hurting: Short Term MissionsLeader’s Guide is aimed at the preparation and debriefing of short-term missionaries. Accompanying Helping Without Hurting: Short Term Missions Participants’ Guide, it is an ideal resource for church leaders, missions pastors, and youth pastors who make short-term missions planning decisions and desire to prevent inadvertent harm as they enter materially poor communities. With direction for designing STMs well in light of the principles of When Helping Hurt, practical examples from short-term trips to illustrate those principles, and suggested resources for further learning and implimentatin, this guide is an all-in-one manual for leaders. Plus, it shows the content of the participant’s guide with annotation and teaching notes to guide leaders as they facilitate sessions with participants.
This DVD addresses the subject of trauma-induced distress in therapists, highlights the need for self-care and introduces systematic guidelines for resolution. It is suitable for staff instruction, workshops and classroom and will benefit psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, emergency personnel and other trauma workers.