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How can an organization facilitate change in different cultures without doing harm to local communities? This week on the Gary Wilkerson Podcast we talk about World Challenge’s intentional, development-based approach to ministry.
Key Points from the Podcast
Gary Wilkerson briefly shares about the missions ministry history of World Challenge..
What is the differences between relief, betterment and development projects?
Relief ministry can be great for short-term and crisis needs but can actually cause harm and an unhealthy dependency in the long run.
Development ministry helps the impoverished see the resources and potential that God has provided, as well as instill them with faith, hope and confidence.
Development ministry is more than a social gospel, as the full gospel is preached, biblical principles are taught, churches are planted, and people are getting saved as they see God’s love for them.
Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast
2 Kings 4:1–7; Exodus 23:10
Resources Mentioned in the Podcast
The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson [book]
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert [book]
About Gary Wilkerson
Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.