He said, “We need a hand up, not a handout.”
Charity can help in a crisis, but generally …
- reduces personal initiative,
- undermines local businesses,
- hinders long-term growth, and
- are unsustainable.
- cultivate personal initiative,
- generate income for house church leaders and their coaches, and
- sustainably reduce the local cost of goods.
CPMs are flourishing among the poor, and the relational discipling of CPMs creates an ideal environment for the propagation of literacy, hygiene education, and business development, as they pursue their main mission of leading people to Christ!
(for more, see Peter Greer, A Hand Up Not a HandoutWhy Enterprise and Business Are Changing Our Approach to Poverty Alleviation, and Robby Butler, Steve Downey, and Nick Noll, Turning Wine into Clean Water?An invitation to Explore the Possibilities, Mission Frontiers, July-August 2011)
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