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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