Questions on how to serve the poor and vulnerable

http://fcsministries.org/blog/asking-the-right-questions-about-serving/

 

Asking the right questions from Bob Lupton and his new book, Toxic Charity.

1. Who’s needs are you serving?

2. Is the proposed activity meeting a real need?

3. Is the proposed mission a top priority?

4. Are the poor capable of doing this themselves?

5. How will you measure success?

6. Is it cost effective?

7. A few Suggestions to avoid mission toxicity

Never do for others what they can do for themselves (teach a man to fish).

•  Limit one-way giving to emergencies (most needs are chronic, not crisis).

•  Employment, lending, investing are best (use grants sparingly as incentives).

•  Subordinate self-interests to the interests of the poor (is this for our good or theirs?).

•  Listen to what is not being said (many needs are not immediately voiced).

•  Above all, do no harm.

 

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Called to serve the poor of our world through self-sacrificing love, compassion and justice in the model of Jesus Christ.
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