Fresh Friday Quote: Brian Fikkert & Steve Corbett

Each Friday I will share a quote I appreciate. It might be long or short. It might be funny or thought provoking.

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Poverty alleviation is the ministry of reconciliation: moving people closer to glorifying God by living in right relationship with God, with self, with others, and with the rest of creation.

The goal is not to make the materially poor all over the world into middle-to-upper-class North Americans, a group characterized by high rates of divorce, sexual addiction, substance abuse, and mental illness. Nor is the goal to make sure that the materially poor have enough money . . . Rather the goal is to restore people to a full expression of humanness, to being what God created us all to be, people who glorify God by right living in right relationship with God, with self, with others, and with the rest of creation.”

– Brian Fikkert & Steve Corbett, When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself