Five years ago When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself hit the shelves. For many of us, it was a game changer. Most Christ-followers have a desire to help those in poverty, but perhaps the biggest barrier is that we simply don’t know how. Authors Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert establish two main truths that help us navigate this tumultuous issue: systems are broken… and so are people.
Not only do Steve & Brian use solid and reliable research, but they also stepped out of the classroom and applied what they’ve learned in real life situations. The book is only filled with insightful concepts about helping the poor, but hopeful stories about those who have actually made it out of debilitating poverty. All of this is presented from the viewpoint of a Christ-follower.
Author of WHH, Brian Fikkert joins me to talk about the concepts he laid out in the book along with co-author Steve Corbett. Brian is a Professor of Economics & Community Development, and the
Executive Director of The Chalmers Center in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
On the show we discuss…
-some things we do that might actually hurt the poor.
-what kind of help is actually needed & when.
-what YOU can do.