“What is poverty? Because how we diagnose the problem determines the solutions that we use to alleviate the problem. This is the issue. Most North Americans think of poverty as a lack of material things.” – Brian Fikkert
What is poverty? How we answer this question will determine how we try to solve it. A materialistic definition of poverty leads to money being the solution. A relational understanding of poverty causes us to realize that the root cause of poverty is from broken relationship with God, self, others, and the rest of creation. This type of poverty cannot be solved in a week and affects “us” just as much as it affects “them”. Within this framework, the role of short-term trips will be to learn and to partner with the indigenous church. Our role will then be less visible or even invisible.