Presentation Title

E-1 Open Your Hands: Poverty and Cross-Cultural Youth Missions

Presenter Information

Glenn Russell, Andrews University

Presenter Status

Department of Religion & Biblical Languages

Location

Buller Room 251

Start Date

31-10-2014 3:00 PM

End Date

31-10-2014 3:15 PM

Presentation Abstract

Responding to poverty is an issue of proximity and attention. The poor get our attention when we are so close we can’t avoid them. Cross-cultural mission trips expose youth to the harsh realities of poverty for the first time. Over 50% of the world’s population lives on less than $2.50 a day. Most mission participants come from middle class backgrounds. Research documents how mission trip participants wrestle with practical and existential questions: What does the Bible say about the poor? How can we help without hurting? This presentation addresses the challenges and growth opportunities when mission trip participants minister to the poverty. The presentation also presents essential biblical and missiological principles to assist cross-cultural teams encountering poverty.

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Oct 31st, 3:00 PM Oct 31st, 3:15 PM

E-1 Open Your Hands: Poverty and Cross-Cultural Youth Missions

Buller Room 251

Responding to poverty is an issue of proximity and attention. The poor get our attention when we are so close we can’t avoid them. Cross-cultural mission trips expose youth to the harsh realities of poverty for the first time. Over 50% of the world’s population lives on less than $2.50 a day. Most mission participants come from middle class backgrounds. Research documents how mission trip participants wrestle with practical and existential questions: What does the Bible say about the poor? How can we help without hurting? This presentation addresses the challenges and growth opportunities when mission trip participants minister to the poverty. The presentation also presents essential biblical and missiological principles to assist cross-cultural teams encountering poverty.