With the exception of the pair of shoes I left behind in the mudroom (and four blocks from the house, turned around to retrieve), my daughter, Audrey, and I made it to the airport without event. Although I don’t exactly know what the days ahead will be like, I do hope to write here as often as I can, sharing with you our experiences in Rwanda with HOPE International. Continue Reading
Several years ago, a couple from our church hosted a study on the book, When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself. This book is a must-read for every North American Christian for several different reasons.
First, as Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert write at the very beginning of the book, North American Christians are not doing enough. “We attend our kids’ soccer games, pursue our careers, and take beach vacations while 40% of the world’s inhabitants struggle just to eat every day.”
This is not easy to hear, especially because so many of us already bear implicit guilt about our wealth. It is also difficult to hear because of the regular overwhelm we experience in the face of global poverty. Can we do anything to make a meaningful difference?Continue Reading
Audrey, my oldest daughter, and I leave for Rwanda in less than one week, and I hope to be writing about that trip on the blog to promote the good work God is doing in Africa (and many other parts of the world) through the microenterprise efforts of Hope International. As we prepare to go (and I write in preparation), it’s also an opportunity for me to consider why I value short-term missions, despite its many hazards.Continue Reading