When Not Helping Hurts

A recent Christianity Today article helps the reader process his/her thinking relative to needed aid as well as sustainable business – especially now in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  These quotes hopefully will stimulate you to read the full article. To read it, click here.

  • The coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating economic impact on people living in global poverty. We are in a moment that requires immediate, full-scale relief.
  • I’ve seen firsthand how charity efforts have not only failed to help but have caused lasting damage in communities around the globe.
  • In his book Toxic Charity, Bob Lupton writes, “When relief does not transition to development in a timely way, compassion becomes toxic.
  • As we rally and dispense desperately needed relief, the challenge is to respond to immediate needs while simultaneously preparing for the recovery and rebuilding.
  • As Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett share in When Helping Hurts, effective relief is immediate and temporary, but rebuilding is sustainable. 
  • When economies reopen, entrepreneurs will need capital to restart their businesses and rebuild what has been lost. After a disaster, there is an inescapable need for recovery lending; businesses and economies are unable to start up again without it.

Larry Sharp, Director of Training, IBEC Ventures

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