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University Friends Discover When Helping Hurts

University Friends Meeting in Wichita, Kansas, is undergoing a six-session class, led by Pastor Cliff Loesch, to discuss the book, When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor … and Yourself, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. When Helping Hurts considers the Christian response to poverty and the Christian’s efforts to help anyone in need (at home or abroad). The authors point out, “We are not bringing Christ to poor communities. He has been active in these communities since the creation of the world. … Hence, a significant part of working in poor communities involves discovering and appreciating what God has been doing there for a long time!” The authors also talk about our mutual brokenness; the problem of broken systems; the differences between relief, rehabilitation and development; the poison of paternalism; and they advocate a participatory approach.

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