After seven years of involvement in ministry to the poor, I’ve experienced a lot through trial, error, pain and victory. In many ways I have learned the hard way, by making passionate and well-intentioned mistakes and seeing God work in ways that only he can. I’m often asked about ministry to the poor, and unfortunately I’m often frustrated in communicating what I’ve learned and experienced. Sometimes I don’t feel the person asking is really serious about ministry to the poor. Sometimes I can’t find the words to communicate it all in the time allotted. The issues can’t be accurately communicated in sound bytes. The issues of poverty and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are intimately connected. The issues of poverty go beyond social and moral good, they go to the very heart of the Gospel.
“Poverty is about relationships that don’t work.”
We desperately need to wrestle more with these issues and not simply take the clichéd and conditioned answers we are accustomed to. We need less guilt and fear and more Gospel. Education is crucial.
I’m so glad to have finally found a one stop site for those who want to learn about ministry to the poor. Wendy McMahan communicates the foundational issues of poverty and speaks the truths of God’s Word and the Gospel in wonderful easy to follow podcasts. If you’re serious about gospel-centered ministry to the poor, I highly recommend these podcasts and this theology of poverty.