Missions Misunderstood » Social Action

Posted December 11th, 2009 by E. Goodman

Dear Pastor, I’ve always been perplexed by your lack of direct involvement in international missions. It’s not that you shy away from preaching about international issues. You often encourage social action- you’ve led your church’s campaign to help local public schools. You support a child in a poverty-stricken village in Malaysia. You’ve raised money to […]

Filed under:Church, Missions, Social Action, Uncategorized Posted January 21st, 2009 by E. Goodman

Immediate. You can find and fund a small business in a developing nation in under five minutes on Kiva.org. Buy a pair of Tom’s Shoes, and a second pair is sent to a needy child in a developing nation (you can actually go on a “Shoe Drop” trip and deliver the shoes yourself). The action […]

Tags: extreme missions, Humanitarian trips, Social Action

Filed under:Communication, Missions, Social Action, Trends Posted April 8th, 2008 by E. Goodman

All around you there are groups of people who are influencing and being influenced. You can (and should) be part of the discussion, but you’re too busy doing something that nobody else cares about. In your little “Christian” subculture bubble, you have no influence and few friends. Here are some tips to help you become […]

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Posted March 26th, 2008 by E. Goodman

You may not be aware of this, but even the “working class” in the United States is richer than most of the people in the world. This economic discrepancy is known in even the most isolated of places, and certainly everywhere missionaries go. The image on the upper right is a cartogram (a map deliberately […]

Filed under:Finances, Politics, Social Action, Trends, Uncategorized Posted February 25th, 2008 by E. Goodman

So there’s a homeless guy that you see around town pretty often. One day, he approaches you on the street, asking for money. You compassionately give him a couple bucks. You know, the “least of these” and all that. The very next day, you see that same homeless guy sitting on a park bench, obviously […]

Filed under:Ministry, Relationships, Social Action