Kentucky Winter

 

In Kentucky, there is beauty behind every tree and a drug dealer up every holler.

It is a state which Tim and I frequent frequently.

Why, you ask? Hint: not for the drug abuse.

These are my parents, fellow Coloradans who moved to Kentucky right about the time I moved to Virginia.

We like to visit them when we get a chance, plus we love exchanging the city for the mountains for a bit.  Nice place, this Kentucky.

…in pictures.

In reality? It’s been the War On Poverty’s target for over fifty years. 

I’ve been pondering lately a Biblical model of charity (a good thing to do when one plans to open a non-profit thrift store for charitable purposes).  We all know we should care for the poor and needy.  But how?  From my brief brush with Kentucky culture, I’m more and more convinced that government handouts are not the answer…nor well-meant Christian handouts, neither. 

“Go and make disciples” might be a better motto–as Peter puts it, “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee.”  Life after death, hope amid suffering, the exceeding riches of grace showered on destitute, depraved men…served up with a side of job skills, some money-management training, and maybe a work ethic course or two with a cup of cold water in Christ’s name thrown in to boot.

What do you think?  Should I start carrying bottled water in my car instead of loose change for the woman on the corner of Staples Mill and Glenside?  Should I (gasp) pull over and talk awhile, ask her story?  Tell her mine?  Find out what she’s good at?  Offer her a couple hours work in exchange for a gift card to Kroger?

How do you practice charity?

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  1. #1 by joannamv on January 28, 2011 - 6:51 am

    I think that you should use whatever time and money you decide to use charitably in as efficient and as useful ways as possible.

    When it comes to helping individuals, I think the best way involves getting to know them.

    There are corporate ways to help and individual ways. If there are certain groups of people that you have a heart for then generally the best way to help is corporately: whether getting involved in a charity you believe in or starting your own 😛 But you can also help individuals.

    Government welfare is weird. There’s lots of people on it who shouldn’t be, and then there are lots of people who need it but don’t qualify. The former highlight the problems, and the latter make you aware of the necessity for something.

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