How do we begin to help?

January 3, 2013

The beginning of things are exciting. They are full of opportunity, fresh with possibility. We have ideas of what is to come and we begin to evaluate what we’re doing, because if we’re honest, we want it to work. We want the dreams of who we want to be to come true. Seasons and defined time help us to make space to reflect on what we find important, what choices we want to make. And, often they come along with ambitious goals on the wings of hope.

It’s important how we start. As we enter 2013, here is a picture of how we’re starting. You heard a little bit of where we’re going in our last post. Now it’s time to ask about motivation.

At the end of this year I finished a book called When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert. I had heard wonderful things about the book, but did not think I would be as challenged as I was by its content. As a newcomer to CARE for AIDS, I’m still learning what makes it tick, and this book was both helpful and hurtful.

It helped me see need in a whole new light.

And, it hurt my pride.

Because, at the end of the day, I like to think of myself as helpful. This book questioned that. It questioned my motivation. It questioned how fast I hope to fix what I consider problems.

Because poverty is not a quick fix.

“Poverty is the result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable. Poverty is the absence of shalom in all its meanings.” (Bryant L. Myers)

So what do we do?

This life is meant to be shared in relationship with one another, and the brokenness we share can only be healed with time and built trust. Each day we have the opportunity to do that with the ways we have life, including through our resources, and by also recognizing the life in others. We can look them in them in the eyes and and say “peace” and receive “peace”.

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CARE for AIDS: to provide opportunity for relationship and health for people whom so many have refused to offer peace. They don’t deserve pity or to “be fixed”, but the love of a friend, who sees their invaluable and infinite worth.

Will you join us this year in the slow, steady process of love?

Here’s the first book I recommend
you read this new year.

May the Lord’s peace be with you.

What hurts your helping?