poverty

Avoiding Mission Drift

by Chris Lautsbaugh on October 29, 2014

medium_12592430574

We’ve seen Christian organizations publicly wrestle with change in recent times. InterVarsity is facing this pressure to allow non-Christians to be a part of their leadership. This is resulting in them being banned from certain campuses. Will they change some of their core values? World Vision battled with adopting new policies, leading to a back […]

{ 1 comment }

The Sign That Matters

by Kelley Nikondeha on July 21, 2014

signMatara

  Five years ago we landed in Burundi. Around the small capital I noticed signs everywhere – signs of other NGOs present in the city with logos plastered on their large Land Cruisers, big placards at their local offices and signs out in the countryside wherever they had a project. The rampant self-promotion turned my […]

{ 2 comments }

Dangerous Riches

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 14, 2014

dangerous riches

I wrote last month about the troubling ways we sometimes talk about the poor – assigning the simplistic emotion of happiness while not allowing them a fuller, more complex array of human emotion. And about the way the poor are presented as inherently holy, simply because of their poverty. Today I want to talk about […]

{ 20 comments }

Giving Good Gifts

by Kelley Nikondeha on March 27, 2014

Day One family

The Batwa people live on the edges of Burundian society, marginalized in their own country. Local humanitarian workers tell tales of these people who thwart good gifts and show little gratitude, making them notoriously difficult to work with. One organization generously gave corrugated metal roofs for the thatch-constructed homes. But soon after the installation, the […]

{ 14 comments }

Please Don’t Say, “They Are Poor But They’re Happy.”

by Rachel Pieh Jones on March 21, 2014

noble poor

Katherine Boo talks about the western ‘conceit that poverty is ennobling.’ Tracy Kidder, in his book Mountains Beyond Mountains, quotes Paul Farmer, “There’s a WL (white liberal) line – the ‘They’re poor but they’re happy’ line.’ They do have nice smiles and good senses of humor, but that’s entirely different.” I am of the opinion […]

{ 65 comments }

O Holy Night

by Tara Livesay on December 13, 2013

beautiful-christmas-holiday

Every direction you turn, images of Christmas are evident.You need not look far to find beautiful and thoughtful displays, tastefully decorated homes with glowing trees, and rows and rows of symmetrical twinkling lights. Step into one of these homes and the warm fire will greet you as you breathe in fresh scents of pine and […]

{ 5 comments }

A Philosophical (Running) Life Overseas

by Rachel Pieh Jones on December 6, 2013

running wealth

Other posts in the series: A Practical (Running) Life Overseas (tips for starting to run as an expat) A Communal (Running) Life Overseas (building community while doing what you love) A Philosophical (Running) Life Overseas  I run with my iPhone. In an armband. With earphones. In Djibouti this makes me feel excessively wealthy, especially when I consider […]

{ 10 comments }

Afflicted

by Tara Livesay on October 8, 2013

277885311_76b87c6f2a_o

Over the years we have tried with patchy success to create a habit of frequently asking ourselves whether the things we are doing make sense and if it seems like ‘God is in it?‘   We hope to avoid getting trapped into routines or habits without truly examining what we’re doing. We desire to be purposeful about […]

{ 1 comment }

The Story Behind the Statistics

by Chris Lautsbaugh on September 23, 2013

By: DFID - UK Department for International Development

As missionaries, we often report statistics as a way of conveying the impact we are having. Numbers of salvations, people taught, clinics opened, or people rescued from the evils of society. Behind these numbers are people, stories, and often difficulties. One the people we’ve been training, recently had an interesting situation which drove this reality […]

{ 9 comments }

Can Nations Change?

by Chris Lautsbaugh on August 5, 2013

By: SuSanA Secretariat

Many negatives characteristics describe the nations we serve in. Some of these issues may even be the reasons we are serving overseas. Issues of crime, corruption and poverty are common to most nations where we as missionaries reside. Although, the irony is, these issues are no longer limited to the developing world, but are rampant […]

{ 7 comments }

Missions and Money: A Never Ending Tension

by Chris Lautsbaugh on June 12, 2013

Some rights reserved by epSos.de

The Bible is full of truth. Sometimes, the challenge lies in which blend of truth to apply. Many of these tensions surround missions and money. Let me present three areas missionaries deal with. 1. Raising support as a missionary or minister. 2. Being generous to the poor and needy. 3. Saving money for your future, […]

{ 28 comments }

The Joy of Giving

by Dustin on May 27, 2013

37ab

In 1 Chronicles 29, David prays a prayer over the new temple in Jerusalem. In verse 14 he says, “Who am I, and who are my people that we should be able to give like this?” He was mystified that the creator of everything would deem him and his people worthy of giving anything. He […]

{ 9 comments }