Cross- Cultural Engagement: Collectivist or Individualistic

If you travel to another country, you quickly notice things that are different. Often I hear people say the differences are weird or strange, but really the differences are cultural. Culture is not right or wrong it is just different. We are born into a culture and raised to not recognize the influence it has on us […]

A Turning Point for Guatemala?

On Thursday September 3, 2015,  the president of Guatemala, Otto Perez Molina, resigned from office in the midst of fraud and corruption allegations. His vice president, Roxanna Baldetti, resigned from office in May and is currently in jail for her involvement in the scandal. They have been accused of fraud and receiving millions of dollars in bribe money. Unfortunately, corruption […]

No Simple Solutions

“Poverty is extremely complex. Picture the poor caught in a spider-web of interwoven causes that trap them hopelessly while the marauding spiders of hunger, war, disease, ignorance, injustice, natural disasters, and exploitation prey upon them unrestrained. While there are solutions to poverty- ways to free them from the web- there are no simple solutions.” Richard […]

Poverty Alleviation Strategies

There will be as many different strategies to alleviate poverty as there are people who are drawn to the concept. Building on the definition of poverty from a few days ago (read here, Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert define poverty alleviation as “the ministry of reconciliation: moving people closer to glorifying God by living […]

A New Look at an Old Parable

Martin Luther King Jr. challenged the church then and now in his sermon  “A Time to Break the Silence” (Riverside Church, New York, April 4, 1967). We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside… but one day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women […]


It is a blessing to be a part of For the Love’s Ministry, where I can have a decent job and I can supply for my basic needs to be able to keep on going in the midst of difficulties that I can find in life. At this job we read daily devotionals. This is […]


God intended humans to have healthy and active relationships with Him, ourselves, others and the rest of creation. Unfortunately when the fall occurred in the Garden of Eden, all four of these foundational relationships were broken. This is the root of poverty. Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert in When Helping Hurts explain “Poverty is the […]

Guatemala City Garbage Dump

A violent 36 year civil war, which ended in 1996, greatly scarred Guatemala. Many rural areas of the country were destroyed by fighting, and many of these communities lost their young men to both the guerilla and government armies. During and after the civil war, individuals and families migrated to urban areas in the hopes of safety […]