If you are like many Christians, you are so busy with day-to-day living that you may by unaware of the needs around you. In fact, you might be puzzled about how to help those who lack. Yet it's not nearly as hard as you might think. Just take a glance at your own community. There are people in need all around you, if you only stop to look. These needs cry out to be met, and God's Word says that to meet them is "pure and faultless" religion. In 101 Ways to Help People in Need
, Steve and Janie Sjogren show you:
- how to recognize need in the lives of people around you
- practical ideas for busy Christian families who want to help meet needs but have time constraints
- group-oriented ideas that show churches how to rally members to meet community needs
- real-life stories to demonstrate how to launch larger ministry efforts that affect communities, cities, and foreign countries
As the book progresses, the ideas become more challenging, gradually giving you the courage to try involved and interactive ministries that reach a broader range of people.
Reaching out to others
If youre like many Christians, you are so busy with day-to-day living that you may be unaware of the needs around you. In fact, you might be puzzled about how to help those who lack. Yet its not nearly as hard as you might think. Just take a glance at your own community. Mother Teresa once said, It isnt necessary to move to Calcutta to do something significant. There are people in need all around you, if you only stop to look. Is there a single parent where you work? A disabled child in your neighborhood? Perhaps a family in your church who cannot afford medical insurance? These needs cry out to be met, and Gods Word says that to meet them is pure and faultless religion. In 101 Ways to Help People in Need, Steve and Janie Sjogren present practical and creative ways for you and your church to reach out to people with physical, emotional, and relational needsin your neighborhood, your community, your country, and your world.
Middle-class Christians who wonder how to appropriately respond to poverty may
enjoy the practical, specific suggestions in 101 Ways to Help People in Need,
a guide by Steve and Janie Sjogren. For an evangelical book, it has a
refreshing emphasis on social justice and is chock-full of concrete ideas. The
Sjogrens begin with tips for immediate relief, such as providing backpacks to
the homeless and used computers to low-income families. The next steps are a
bit more demanding: helping needy persons to reconcile with God and each
other, creating economic opportunities for them and, finally, "relocating" to
serve them better (e.g., by using vacation time to assist with
house-building). Down-to-earth and compassionate, this is a valuable guide to
getting started. ( May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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