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Giving that worked

Poverty | With "work tests" for the able-bodied and disdain for indiscriminate givers, Christians in the past fought urban poverty with generosity plus discernment
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/14/09, 12:00 am

Christians want to be generous, and that's as it should be. But we can learn from our predecessors who emphasized that generosity is only the first step. If we act without discernment, our generosity may actually be selfishness that gives ourselves a warm glow but hurts others.

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From getting to (thanks)getting

Poverty | Award-winning charities turn aid recipients into grateful benefactors
by Amy L. Sherman
Posted 11/26/05, 12:00 am

Like most kids, Shawn Yinger, 22, grew up watching television. Unlike them, he had a crack-addicted mom who'd pawn the family's set around the middle of every month for food and rent money. "It made me feel lesser to everybody else, because a lot of other people in 'hood, you know, go through struggles. But they had their TV all month," Shawn remembers with a shrug.

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Wins & losses

Poverty | Bob Lupton shows how Christian understanding plus business savvy transforms poor neighbors
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/22/05, 12:00 am

ATLANTA -- Many who whiz by inner-city areas on freeways have only a vague sense of the struggles that go on there. To see poor areas through different eyes, take a ride with Bob Lupton, who at age 61 has seen how hard it is to help some among the poor climb out of dependency and despair, and how rewarding the calling at times can be.

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