A book that has had a powerful impact on my life is When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. This book, along with Tim Keller's Generous Justice, helped me realize that one, it's incredibly important for Christians to be involved in poverty alleviation; and two, many of the strategies and even underlying attitudes we bring to the table in this quest are hurtful.
I could write quite a bit about all I learned from the book (and might in a future post), but you'll gain more hearing directly from the authors! If you live in the Charlotte area, you'll have that chance. Dr. Brian Fikkert will be conducting a seminar on March 1st, from 8:30-4:30. You must register here and tickets are $40. If you are interested at all in poverty issues, the seminar will be well worth your time.
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Central African Republic is in the thick of a civil war that is likely to result in a wave of refugees. The problem for this landlocked nation is that several of the nations around it are also plagued by interior turmoil, meaning there are only a limited number of places refugees from the CAR can flee to.
Fighting in the last week has driven an estimated 159,000 people from their homes in Bangui, but the total number displaced by turmoil around the country is put at about half a million, Mr. Edwards said. In other parts of Central African Republic, “there are tens of thousands of people who have been in the bush for many months,” said Marixie Mercado, a spokeswoman for Unicef in Geneva. (Source: New York Times, "Violence in Central African Republic...")[. . .]