Welcome the poor

23 Feb

“..the first responsibility of the church towards the poor is to offer them a place of welcome. That does not necessarily mean inviting them to a Sunday meeting. It means including them in the network of believing relationships. In this way we offer them dignity, belonging and inclusion. We empower them by valuing their contribution and their role within the community. They are no longer isolated, but people with connections and people with a contribution to make.

So you don’t need to start big projects with government funding. You need to welcome the poor, eat with them, drink tea with them, live among them, make them part of your community, become part of their community.”

Tim Chester

HT: GCM Collective

One Response to “Welcome the poor”

  1. masimdumisene February 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Love this theme in Chester’s writing on ministry to the poor!

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