For you will always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me.
The topic of poverty has been on my mind and heart a lot recently as the group of guys that I am working with all genuinely have needs. Some needs, as a brother in Christ, I can meet, but other needs I cannot realistically meet as much as I want to help them. Wrestling through these issues have caused me to re-read the book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself. This is still one of the most highly recommended books that I know on the topic and recommend that you get a copy if you care for the poor and have not read through it yourself.
The below video has been out for a few months now, but I just came across it this week through a blog of a friend. This helps me see the needs of those that I am in contact with daily even more and helps remind me that whenever I want, I can do good for them as Jesus told his disciples. The reality is that I cannot eradicate the poverty of the world or even those that I am working with closely, but I can help them. As followers of Christ we are all encouraged in this way, so my question for you, are you doing your part?