When Charity Destroys Dignity

by Glenn J. Schwartz

Dependency on Westerners is fueled by two common attitudes among the Westerners:  1) More money fixes everything, and 2) We are able to give, and it feels good to give.  Therefore we should give.

Don’t read this book if you want to feel all warm and fuzzy.  However, if you want to truly learn from the mistakes of the past to do a better job in foreign missions then examine this book.  Glenn has decades of on-the-ground mission work to give validity to his opinions.  I dare you to read through my notes on the book.

Missionary work is like scaffolding to a building:  1) at some time it should be moved to another building under construction, and 2) the building should not collapse when the scaffolding  is moved.  If I live in a “round house” and go as a missionary to a people who live in “square houses”, it is I, not the people, who must change house types.  Job creation without stewardship training only makes wealthy followers who don’t tithe.  Jesus called us to make disciples, not followers.  Disciples tithe and support the local work.  The two most important questions to ask when helping the poor…

My notes on this book can be downloaded in MS Word format from the blue “FILES box” located in the left side-bar of this blog.

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