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Category: Poverty

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African Pentecostalism, Poverty and Worldview: Part 2

In part 1, we introduced Bryant Myers’ paper, “Progressive Pentecostalism, Development, and Christian Development NGOs: A Challenge and an Opportunity“, noting especially the contrast he draws between the perspective of Western poverty fighters and African Pentecostals living in poverty. Myers accurately points out this contrast, but we suggest his analysis

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Work and Poverty: Lessons from Ruth, part 3

The book of Ruth contains wonderful lessons about work, personal responsibility and poverty. In parts 1 and 2 we started examining the relative responses of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz to economic realities which are very relevant today. This final post picks up where we left off. ~ What did Ruth

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Work and Poverty: Lessons from Ruth, part 2

Our first installment ended by noting Naomi’s bitterness of soul upon returning to Israel, a widow bereft of her children. But what did Ruth do? And what about Boaz? Naomi heard that the famine had lifted in Israel, so she and Ruth returned to her village. Hebrew law required the

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Work and Poverty: Labor Day Lessons from Ruth

Poverty is rooted in lies at the level of culture. One of the greatest causes of poverty in the world is the lie that “Work is a curse!” This lie is manifest globally in the lives of individuals, communities and nations. Yes, you read that correctly. The economic poverty of

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Why This Blog?

This Frank and Ernest cartoon captures my aspiration for the Darrow Miller and Friends blog. The chick escapes the confines of its shell to experience the broader world for the first time: “Oh Wow! Paradigm Shift!” I want my readers to experience reality like this chick did. Years ago, after

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Want to Help the Poor? Ask the Right Question

For several generations the “social service” model defined the nature of helping the poor in the Global South and elsewhere. In this model the development industry provides relief and development “services” to aid the poor. Development workers go into poor communities and ask, “What do you need?” Then they provide

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COMPASSION: The Noun That Used to Be a Verb

Three years ago we started a series of blog posts on the subject of social justice. The term was (and still is) popular among many younger Christ followers, but not everyone has a good grasp on its biblical roots. Our posts on the subject attracted considerable attention, for which we are

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Vision and Technology Turned Desolation Into Abundance

Abundance can come from the most unlikely places. In the 27 years I worked for a relief and development organization, I heard two clear messages too often: From impoverished indigenous peoples the message was, “We have no resources, we are poor and there’s nothing we can do about it.” I heard

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Haiti’s Poverty: Not Enough Money?

Is Haiti’s poverty about insufficient funds? When it comes to fighting poverty, we tend to rely too much on money. We equate poverty with the lack of money, so naturally we want to give money. This is especially the case with government anti-poverty programs. Governments have access to lots of

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What is Poverty, Really?

“A lack of money.” That’s probably how most people would define poverty. But those who actually live in poverty may be more qualified to answer. If so, what might they say? A few years ago, someone from HOPE International interviewed 20 people, most of whom lived on less than $2

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