Discussion #3 – WHH Ch 3
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Think about the following story:
You turn on the evening news and see that a tsunami has devastated Indonesia, leaving millions without food, adequate clothing, or shelter. Following a commercial break, the news returns and features a story about a low-income community in your city where many people are also without adequate food, clothing, or shelter. At first glance, the appropriate responses to each of these crises might seem to be very similar. The people in both situations need food, clothing, and housing, and providing these things to both groups seems to be the obvious solution. But there is something nagging at the back of our minds as we reflect on these stories. Without a doubt, we are called to do something. But what? Deep down, do these people require different types of help? Recognizing that poverty is about more than just a lack of material resources, how can we engage in effective poverty alleviation in each of these contexts?
An effort to “stop the bleeding.” It is the urgent and temporary provision of emergency aid to reduce immediate suffering from a natural or man-made crisis, and it primarily utilizes a provider-receiver dynamic.
An effort to restore people back to their pre-crisis state after the initial bleeding has stopped. In rehabilitation, people begin to contribute to improving their situation. •
Walking with people across time in ways that move all the people involved—both the “helpers” and the “helped”—closer to being in right relationship with God, self, others, and the rest of creation than they were before. It avoids “doing for” and focuses on “doing with.”