Reading Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help

I started Toxic Charity a few days ago. Though I’m only less than 40 pages into the book I’m willing to say it is a must-read for anyone who will serve in ministry, go on a short-term volunteer/mission trip or participate in aid-based activities. Lupton not only points out the glaring damage that is done to individuals and to communities when aid response does not transition into a rebuilding/development phase, but also attempts to provide case study examples and suggestions for how to give help to the needy without taking their dignity. Toxic Charity and When Helping Hurts will serve as the springboard for discussion during one of our round-table discussions on dependency and subsidy at North Greenville University. More info will be provided once the calendar of events is available.