“The world is complicated.”
In a video from PovertyCure, Peter Greer tells the story I mentioned earlier of how in just one summer help from a U.S. church destroyed the egg market in a small Rwandan village.
Second hand clothes sent to Kenya destroyed the textile manufacturing industry and the cotton farms. Sad unintended consequences.
Superb quote from the video:
Christians have a natural commitment to fighting poverty. That comes from the foundation of Christian beliefs. But that motivation must be allied with being smart and the world is complicated. And so the actions we take, we must be confident they they are going to help and not makes things worse.
That is the challenge – how do we make sure our faith driven desire to help others doesn’t cause a problem we didn’t expect.