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Jonny Kabiswa Kyazze and Anthony Sytsma with Dr Brian Fikkert

Helping Without Hurting in Africa

Based on the principles of the best-selling US book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor. . . and Yourself, Helping Without Hurting in Africa changes the mindset of leaders, training them to proclaim the gospel in both word and deed.

As you read, you will learn to apply biblical principles to care wisely and compassionately for people who are poor without unintentionally doing harm.

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Bestseller When Helping Hurts has changed the way thousands of church and ministry leaders approach poverty. Articulating a biblical framework for poverty alleviation, When Helping Hurts teaches you to walk with the materially poor in humble relationships instead of just providing them temporary handouts.

Now, this groundbreaking resource has been adapted specifically for African contexts. Helping without Hurting in Africa both provides readers with the foundational concepts and tools in Christ-centered poverty alleviation and doubles as a ready-to-use facilitator manual. As you read, you will:

  • Grow in your relationships with God, others, self, and the rest of creation
  • Gain a new focus on the kingdom of God in your ministry
  • Renew your love and compassion for the materially poor
  • Obtain knowledge about how to help low-income individuals and communities more wisely
  • Learn how to empower churches and ministries to bring lasting change, starting with their own resources

Helping without Hurting in Africa teaches a holistic approach to poverty. It seeks to change people’s mindset, helping them to care wisely and compassionately for poor people without unintentionally hurting them.

Most Christians have a heart for poor people, but Helping without Hurting in Africa will help Christians have a mind for poor people as well.

Jonny Kabiswa Kyazze is a Ugandan and the holder of a Master's in Management and Organizational Development, Bachelor of Science in Community-Based Development, and a Diploma in Business Management. He has worked for various international development organizations at different management levels and has over 16 years of experience in community-based development. Jonny is also a consultant in management and organizational development and author of Influence of Organizational Culture on Employee Performance.

Anthony Sytsma and his wife, Sara, work for Resonate Global Mission in Uganda, where Anthony mentors and teaches pastors. He is passionate about encouraging Christians in America to listen and learn from Christians in Africa so that they can work collaboratively to reform mission and development efforts in Africa. Anthony is originally from Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Theology from Calvin University and a Master of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Minister of the Word in the Christian Reformed Church of North America and has served as a pastor in the USA. Anthony has also worked for World Renew in Uganda and Kenya.

Dr Brian Fikkert is Founder and President of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, where he also serves as a Professor of Economics and Community Development. He is coauthor of 8 books, including the best-selling When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor. . .and Yourself. Dr Fikkert earned a PhD in economics from Yale University, specializing in international economics and economic development.

Learning about the four types of poverty has helped me understand what it means to help other people. —Pastor Rogers Mumba, Zambia

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