Helping Without Hurting Brief Summary


Helping Without Hurting, is a follow up to When Helping Hurts, also by Corbett and Fikkert. The book had a weekly schedule for discussion questions and weekly videos to watch. The book seemed a lot like the material that was in my Cultural Anthropology course and my Cross Cultural Christian Outreach course’s mission units.

The content expressed in my classes were to find ways that raise up a community instead of creating dependency and that there is more than one type of poverty. Someone who has everything and someone who has nothing have two different definitions of what they think poverty means. The book and my classes break down poverty into 4 categories: spiritual poverty, emotional poverty, social poverty, and material poverty.

The book walks through the potential downsides of short-term missions, but provides a lot of help to create a better plan for a short-term mission. This book is a lot better at that than the main book. Helping Without Hurting ends the book with the benefits of fundraising, which ITeams also focuses is on: all of their employees are community funded. Fundraising, instead of giving money, creates an environment built on independence and sustainability.


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