A few months back, I wrote in this blog about a book that our staff was studying called, When Helping Hurts. I am greatly encouraged by the narrative that this book presents to people of faith about the gospel mandate of alleviating poverty.

On Saturday, January 26 one of the book’s authors, Dr. Brian Fikkert, will be leading a full-day seminar at Raleigh’s Providence Baptist Church.  I get excited when I think about Christian leaders from our county getting focused around alleviating poverty in our midst.  Here is the registration information for the event from Providence’s website:

http://www.pray.org/event-sections/community-ministries/helping-without-hurting/

In my 33 years of Christian ministry, I’ve never been more encouraged than I am with this dialogue that is starting to occur within the Church.  May 2013 be the year that we take seriously God’s calling to eliminate material poverty in our affluent community.