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So you want to change the world? Can you make this one sacrifice?

Most people’s desire to do good comes from a place of pure intentions, but—please take this gently—our intentions don’t matter. Outcomes matter. This post below was written for would-be Christian missionaries, but everyone who considers themselves an advocate or activist should read it. Excerpt:

“But what if our determination to DO stuff, actually undermines the efforts of local people to serve and transform their own communities?

What if using your nursing training to bandage up the wounds of sick people in a cross-cultural setting is hurting more than helping – because you’re doing work a local nurse should be trained up to do?

What if solving people’s problems as a social worker in a cross-cultural setting is hurting more than helping – because you’re doing work a local social worker could be trained up to do?”

Read Craig Greenfield’s full post here: So you want to change the world? Can you make this one sacrifice? —

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