That’s tricky business when you’re
dealing with need and limited resources.
Jesus seemed to manage it okay. In my
own experience, like the Journey where
we take women away and just love them,
it has had more transformative experience than years of talking to women on
the street and giving them roses and
buying them lunch. That one weekend of
actual relationship building has so much
F T: Do you think we doubt our power to change
DS: I think cynicism has really hurt the
Church. The first time I read a book about
how we could end extreme poverty on the
earth, I thought, I’ve never thought about
this before. The author wasn’t even a
Christian. I started to believe it was actually possible.
How ironic it was that I was part of a
Church whose job it is to bring hope.
How did I never hear this growing up in
What a tragedy that we are the keepers
of that prophetic hope and we haven’t
done a good job of believing that. We suffer from the oldest disease in the Church,
gnosticism, where we separate our spirituality out of our life. It’s a belief system
divorced from actual incarnation. Paul
just rails against this in the Early Church.
We need people to rail against it again.
We need a combination of this joyful,
optimistic, hope-filled word – that God
intends to redeem the world – mixed with
realistic, incarnated, strategic understand-
The way we construct churches and missions is to make
programs the heart. Programs don’t transform people,
relationships do. Relationship should be the heart of
everything we do, and program should be the outcome.”
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ing of oppression and how it happens.
It’s not a “pie in the sky, all will be well,
Hallmark transformation” story. It will be
in the grit and everyday understanding of
how oppression works, mixed with prophetic hope of a better world coming.
In my own church history, William
Booth understood redemption would look
like poverty demolished and people getting
back to work. It was going to look real.
It was a radical hope mixed with “roll
your sleeves up and get to work.” And
those postures are so important to hold
F T: Thank you, Danielle. /FT