PiN started when my wife and I asked a simple question, “Do we love poor people?” Families helping poor people is central to what PiN is all about. I believe most families want to help homeless people; however, life is busy. Our kids have activities, I have a busy work schedule, and I even need to relax some times. So how can I help the homeless? We often think about the homeles...

 

Part 6: I Don’t Want Your Help

 

I know this blog might ruffle some feathers; mine included. What if the person you’re helping doesn’t want your help? I know you’re a good person and they need help. Why wouldn’t they want your help? The truth is that they may not want your help right now.

 

We all have busy lives and there are tons of things competing for your time, and you ha...

Part 5: Do You Know Where I Came From?

 

 

All of us have a history that affects our perspective on life. Your family and the neighborhood you grew up in makes a difference to how you might live your life. We have had friends and have made decisions that have made an impact on our lives. The mistake we often make when we are helping the homeless (or anyone who is poor) is looking a...

 

Part 3: Can I have my Dignity Back Please?

 

One of the definitions of the word dignity is “the quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed."

 

One of the things I love about Jesus is how he always treated people with dignity. Not just the people who the world says deserve dignity, but even people who from a worldly perspective don’t deserve honor or esteem.

 

One of my f...

Part 2: Bad Charity

 

 

So is all charity created equal? As an executive director of a non-profit I get this question all the time. Here is how it is usually worded: "If I help this person, will I be helping or hurting them?" It is actually an important question to ask before you help anyone, whether they are homeless or not. I think the first thing you need to examine before you h...

 

Part 1: Why Should We Help the Poor?

 

So why should we help the poor? The answer initially seems obvious…Yes, it’s the right thing to do.  However, I would like to spend a little time talking about why we should help the poor. Often we are in a rush to help without a full and complete understanding of why we should help the poor. Helping the poor is extremely important to God; t...