A Strategy for Giving

A Strategy for Giving

We never want the problem of inequality to become so overwhelming that we are paralysed. Desmond Tutu once said,

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality”.

We do not want to be neutral about the suffering that image bearers of our God experience – we want to be compassionate and motivated by grace to extend ourselves and offer comfort.

The reality is, sometimes – maybe even a lot of the time – we are just too busy or distracted to deal with the requests for help that present themselves to us. This can lead to a few different outcomes;

  • We give because we want the uncomfortable situation to be ‘over’ or because we feel guilt. This compromises the dignity of the person before you and can also lead you into unwise habits.
  • We don’t give at all. This could mean that you miss an opportunity to hear from God about what he requires of you in the moment.
  • We don’t give because we feel unprepared to do so. We don’t carry cash or know the area well enough to refer a person in the right direction.

We suggest that you spend some time considering the following questions to help you develop a kind of strategy or action plan. That way, even when life is busy or you’re having a difficult day, you can be sure that you won’t miss the opportunity to meet the moment that is before you.

PART ONE: BEFORE YOU ARE APPROACHED WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE 

We suggest you start by listening to this podcast. It’s a few people chatting about their experiences and theories when it comes to giving.

Then answer these questions:

PRAYERFULLY SIT WITH YOUR RESPONSES TO THESE PROVOKING QUESTIONS. READ SCRIPTURE. ASK GOD TO SPEAK

Suggested Scriptures for this are Micah 6:8, Zech 7:9-10, Amos 5 and Psalm 82:3.

PART TWO: WHEN YOU ARE APPROACHED FOR HELP OR WITH A OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE

Pretend you’re walking into PnP to buy groceries for your household, or crossing the parking lot or road. Someone approaches you and asks for help.

Begin by taking a deep breath. You may be feeling really inconvenienced right now – it’s ok to feel that way, but you don’t have to be rude. Answer the following

If you stick to a referral method, WHY NOT MAKE A DONATION TO THAT ORG? Their existence has helped you to serve another person so it is only right to support the work they do. If you don’t know a place to refer them, have a google or ask your community if they know of a place. Write on Facebook groups for the area you live in and find out what operates in the area. Ask people via Instagram Stories, maybe they can point out a good place. Next time, you will be equipped!

STEP THREE: FACING SYSTEMIC ISSUES

Finally, there may be a situation where you are asked to help in a certain way, but when you consider it, you determine that the reason this situation exists is something deeper – something systemic needs to change in order for this person to be helped in the best possible way. These are questions for you to ponder in that instance.

We’re so glad you’re on this journey to understand how you can best give in different circumstances.
If you have a perspective you’d like to share, or maybe a situation that you’re facing that you’d like to discuss further, please feel free to reach out to us and if we can, we’d love to help you navigate those waters.

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