Notes from an interview between LIA Editor-in-Chief Ben
Porter and Christian activist Shane Claiborne
In 1995, Shane Claiborne got involved with homeless
mothers and children in an abandoned church building.
This is what sparked his deep to desire help those less
fortunate. As Shane continued to pursue his heart’s desires,
God continued to lead and guide him to fulfill his calling.
Mother Teresa, the famous and inspirational Kolkata
missionary became a part of Shane’s life when he was 18.
He traveled to India where he began his personal journey.
He took the initiative to personally write her a letter and
call her prior to traveling to where she lived, India. He went
to India to work with her alongside a few of his college
friends. During their time there, they helped Mother Teresa
by working in orphanages in the morning and in the
afternoon, in a home for street kids who were suffering
from leprosy and as a result, were dying. These kids are
ostracized and kicked out of their communities because of
this disease they’re battling. Their society labeled them as
dirty and infected. They proceeded to prohibit their entry
inside public places like stores, but on the contrary, Mother
Teresa took time to express to the children that they were
loved and special to God.
Shane says, “When you look into the faces of the poor, you
see Jesus in his most distressing disguises.” Shane had a
desire to help and show God’s love to the poor. He reminds
us that, “the first shall be last; and the last shall be first”.
We need to take time to be the hands and feet of Jesus
to the poor and the outcasts. In the bible, Jesus says that
the tax collectors, the prostitutes, and the misfits will enter
the kingdom of heaven before you (those in the church),
because you do not help those in need. It’s important to
remember the God we serve. Jesus is present within us all,
including the outcasts, the poor and destitutes.
There are numerous people in our world we label as“heroes”
but; do they resemble the qualities of a true servant?
Shane shows us that the Good Samaritan, although he is
not viewed as a modern day role model in our society, is
By: Benjamin Porter