Open Your Hand Wide: American Poverty, Welfare, and the Power of Christian Compassion

Open Your Hand Wide: American Poverty, Welfare, and the Power of Christian Compassion

by W. J. Daubney


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Open Your Hand Wide: American Poverty, Welfare, and the Power of Christian Compassion by W. J. Daubney

The United States – viewed by the world as the land of plenty, yet every day many American families suffer from poverty. How can this be? How does it affect those in its grip? And, what is the responsibility of the believer in this area of need? In Open Your Hand Wide W.J. Daubney addresses the spiritual roots of poverty explaining why money and programs will never resolve the issue. Sharing stories from those who live in it each day, Daubney explains why those who are chronically poor can't just “get a job” to solve their problems, how government has supplanted the church as the major caregiver for the poor, and what the average Christian can do to become engaged in caring for these families today. Daubney, the Executive Director of Hope Initiatives in Rochester, New York, addresses poverty issues that he sees each day. Open Your Hand Wide reflects his own passion and desire for others to understand more about the issue in this compelling message. Providing fresh approaches to ministering to the impoverished, it gives you a sense of urgency to do something that will help others! The book breaks down the six premises of poverty: -Poverty at its deepest root is a spiritual problem -Money and programs will never adequately address it -God does not create poverty but allows it to see our hearts toward the needy -Poverty will always be a part of our landscape according to Scriptures -Governments will no longer have the political will or the financial ability to sustain the current social safety net -The non-believer cannot understand that truths since the darkness cannot comprehend light By understanding these premises and allowing God soften and change your heart, you can open your hand wide toward your neighbors in need.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935265870
Publisher: Deep River Books
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

MA Social Policy Studies; Executive Director of Hope Initiatives Community Development Corporation

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Part I The Command of the Lord

Chapter 1 God's Voice, Our Heart 15

Part II Understanding Poverty

Chapter 2 A View into American Poverty 29

Chapter 3 Poverty's Symptoms 47

Chapter 4 Poverty's Causes 59

Chapter 5 Barriers to Employment 67

Part III The Welfare Solution

Chapter 6 The Roots of American Welfare 77

Chapter 7 The Economics of Welfare 85

Chapter 8 The Impact of Welfare Reform 91

Part IV Making Hope Possible

Chapter 9 Preparing to Serve: Using our Spiritual Weapons 97

Chapter 10 The Hope Initiatives Story 109

Chapter 11 God-Inspired Entrepreneurial Ministry 117

Chapter 12 Making Hope Possible 129

Chapter 13 Magnifying Compassion 139

Chapter 14 A Deep Stream of Blessing 149

Chapter 15 Build a Bridge Where Once There Was a Wall 157

Chapter 16 The Broader Perspective 169

Epilogue Critic or Champion 177

Endnotes 183

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“Open Your Hand Wide provides the historical context and spiritual mentality which will make the church a light to lead the rest of the world.” - Pastor Matthew Barnett, co-founder of the Dream Center “How thought-provoking, yet quite refreshing, was it for me to read through Open Your Hand Wide by Bill Daubney—for a number of reasons. It was not just another essay or the newest version of a theorist’s research on the ills and responsibilities of the Church. No, it came from the heart of one who, by revelation and personal experience, has come to recognize the connection between the Spiritual and the Natural realm in regards to compassion and reaching the poor.” -Doug Stringer, founder and president of Somebody Cares America, Somebody Cares International Houston, Texas

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