The Invisible: What the Church Can Do to Find and Serve the Least of These

The Invisible: What the Church Can Do to Find and Serve the Least of These

by Arloa Sutter


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The poor are always with us; yet there are times we just can't see them. They are the hungry. They are the thirsty. They are even those within our own churches who would never acknowledge their need. How can we begin to practically seek and serve the invisible in our midst?

In this powerful book, Arloa Sutter will open your eyes. Through her own compelling stories and those of many others, she sensitively examines the hard issues of poverty, offering real-life examples, theological and philosophical models, and practical direction. With wisdom and firsthand knowledge from her own established ministry to the poor, Sutter will help you see afresh and take action to meet the needs of those not only around the world, but also in your own neighborhood.

Look and see the invisible like you've never seen them before. Then, capture God's heart to become a part of helping those whom the world considers "the least of these," but whom Jesus called his "brothers" (Matt. 25:40).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780898274561
Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Arloa Sutter is the founder of Breakthrough Urban Ministries, which serves homeless adults, youth, and their families in downtown Chicago. She holds a D.Min. and master's degree in Urban Mission. Additionally, she serves as pastor of community life at the River City Community Church in Chicago and as an adjunct professor at Wheaton College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 13

Foreword Bob Lupton 17

Foreword Jo Anne Lyon 21

Introduction 25

1 My Journey to the City 31

2 Eat Your Vegetables-Children Are Starving 53

3 You Will Always Have the Poor with You 67

4 Three Kinds of Churches 85

5 We All Need a Breakthrough 99

6 The Breakthrough of Shalom 113

7 The Breakthrough of Presence 129

8 The Breakthrough of Being Spirit Led 141

9 The Breakthrough of Stewardship 155

10 The Breakthrough of Discipline 173

11 The Breakthrough of Joining a Movement 185

12 The Breakthrough of Racial Understanding 197

13 Do Something 209

Notes 217

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