So you want to get involved, to give back, to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
Perhaps you’ve donated to Helping Up Mission and other organizations, and maybe you’ve volunteered with us. These are all wonderful things — but you want to go deeper. You want to move beyond transactional interactions to real, mutual relationships with people who are materially poor.
Where do you start?
You might consider working through the course Are You A Good Neighbor?with a friend.
Are You a Good Neighbor? is a self-paced online course from the authors of When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor… And Yourself. Here’s how they describe it:
Through the course, you’ll learn how to:
- Discover why healthy, two-way relationships are an important key to effectively helping people in poverty.
- Transform your heart, change your everyday habits, and improve your ministry with the poor.
- Learn from poverty experts, and apply that knowledge in your life, church, and community.
The course is designed to help you take an honest look at your beliefs, habits, and practices as they relate to poverty. You’ll develop some simple next steps you can take. And you’ll gain an expanded vision of how God is at work in the world.
– Chaplain Vic