I’ve had the pleasure of reading this book for our team and will be reporting on it at an upcoming team meeting. There are some very hot topics in this book and to some extent it has made me reexamine every mission trip I’ve ever been on, every time I’ve given away charity to an organization or even every mcdonald’s i’ve bought for a homeless person. If you want to take the next step in knowing how to design an effective, gospel centered relief, rehab, or development missions trip, read it. Or if you want to know why 40% of the world still lives on 2.00$ per day (that’s 2.5 billion people) even though for the last 70 years the US, the EU and the UN have pumped 2.3 trillion US dollars into the third world, read it. I actually don’t buy into all of these theories in whole sale way, because there are times where development is appropriate for the ex-pat / developed-nation-christian ; many people may assume this book argues that we shouldn’t give money or develop projects for the developing nations in any way. That’s not exactly what the book says, but you should read it to find out if you ever go on an STM (short term mission trip.)
While the debate can be hot, everyone who reads this book can agree on this fundamental: Jesus’s ministry was not just words, nor was it just deeds. It was both. How did the blind people come to believe that he had the authority he spoke about? Because he cared about their eyes and healed them. How did he prevent people from thinking he was only a good-samaritan / good-humanitarian? Because he preached wherever he went. Our ministries must be deeds and they must be words. There should be no emphasis either way.