Presentation on theme: "When Helping Hurts How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor and Yourself By Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert 1.What is Poverty? 2.Four Foundational."— Presentation transcript:
When Helping Hurts How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor and Yourself By Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert 1.What is Poverty? 2.Four Foundational Relationships and States of Poverty 3.Relief, Rehabilitation, Development and Paternalism 4.Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)
Introduction to Pastor: 1.Establish the local church / pastor as the decision maker 2.Demonstrates your deferral to pastor’s leadership / doesn’t usurp his authority 3.Initiates a relationship where the person can be discipled by the local church 4.Avoids paternalism and making assumptions
Poverty Causes and Strategies If we believe the Primary Cause of Poverty is…Then We Will Primarily Try to… A lack of KnowledgeEducate the Poor Oppression by Powerful PeopleWork for Social Justice The Personal Sins of the PoorEvangelize and Disciple the Poor A Lack of Material ResourcesGive Material Resources to the Poor
Four Foundational Relationships and States of Poverty Briefly describe the Trinity
Four Foundational Relationships 1.God 2.Self 3.Others 4.Rest of Creation People are able to fulfill their calling of glorifying God by working and supporting themselves and their families with the fruit of that work.
Four Foundational Relationships Discuss and Describe the Meaning of each of the 4 Relationships: 1.God 2.Self 3.Others 4.Rest of Creation
States of Poverty Foundational Relationship…State of Poverty… Relationship with GodPoverty of Spiritual Intimacy Denying God’s existence & authority Materialism Worshipping false gods & spirits Relationship with SelfPoverty of Being God-complexes Low self-esteem Relationship with OthersPoverty of Community Self-centeredness Exploitation & abuse of others Relationship with the Rest of Creation Poverty of Stewardship Loss of sense of purpose Laziness / workaholics Exploitation / wastefulness of the earth / animals
Efforts can hurt Both Material Definition of Poverty God- complexes of Materially Non-Poor Feelings of Inferiority of Materially- Poor Harm to Both Materially-Poor and Non-poor ++ =
3 Types of Poverty Alleviation 1.Relief : Urgent and temporary provision of emergency aid to reduce immediate suffering from a natural or man- made crisis 2.Rehabilitation : Seeks to restore people and their communities to the positive elements of their pre-crisis conditions. 3.Development : A process of on-going change that moves all the people involved – both the “helpers” and the “helped” – closer to being in right relationships with God, Self, Others, and the Rest of Creation.
Paternalism Paternalism is the interference of a state or an individual with another person, against their will, and defended or motivated by a claim that the person interfered with will be better off or protected from harm – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy a system under which an authority undertakes to supply needs or regulate conduct of those under its control in matters affecting them as individuals as well as in their relations to authority and to each other – Merriam-Webster Dictionary Doing things for people that they can do for themselves - WHH AVOID PATERNALISM!
Types of Paternalism R esource Paternalism Spiritual Paternalism Knowledge Paternalism Labor Paternalism Managerial Paternalism
Poverty Alleviation Poverty alleviation is working to Reconcile the Four Foundational Relationships of God, Self, Others, and the Rest of Creation, so that people can Fulfill their Calling to Glorify God by Working & Supporting Themselves and their Families with the Fruit of that Work
ABCD: Asset Based Community Development Focuses on what Materially-poor already have. Consistent with perspective that God has blessed every individual and community with a host of gifts. Helps reconcile the relationship of Self for “helpers” and “helped”. Does not deny needs of low-income people.
Ending Quotes from WHH: A difficult dynamic in missions is that even the belief that outside resources may be forthcoming can mask people’s true motivations for their behaviors. Participation is not just the means to an end, but rather, a legitimate end in its own right.