Send Cash?

The Poor

“Dangling money in front of desparately poor people is very hazardous. it is generally safer and more effective to send loving workers than cash.”—Missiologist Ralph Winter, Mission Frontiers Magazine, Sept/Oct 2005, pg. 12.

Being the presence in word and deed of Jesus is the most powerful means of transforming lives and society in any cultural setting. While the generous and wise use of information, resources, technology and money cannot be ignored and have their proper place, nothing speaks as potently as the good news of Jesus lived out as a personal, on-the-ground presence among those in need.

Of course the prime example of this is how God himself deals with humanity when he ‘”became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.” (John 1:14)

Unfortunately for those of us in North America, such a reality grates against some of our deeply imbedded biases. We trust technological solutions and too often believe throwing gobs of money at a problem—apart from presence—can solve almost anything. And the time, effort and agony required of incarnation is a sacrifice most of us are unwilling to make.

American Christianity is sadly enamored with a cross-cultural missions ethos dominated by short-term experiences, shallow spirituality and naive missiology, all awash in enormous amounts of cash, the sum of which is a fleeting panacea for the desperation of the human condition

One Response to “Send Cash?”

  1. madetopraisehim Says:

    Missional rant…

    Sam Metcalf writes:

    Being the presence in word and deed of Jesus is the most powerful means of transforming lives and society in any cultural setting. While the generous and wise use of informatio…...

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