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Poverty Unlocked explores God's heart for the poor and His mandate for Christians. Subscribe to this free series for an in-depth look at Christian relief and development.

Poverty Unlocked Wendy McMahan

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.5, 8 Ratings

Poverty Unlocked explores God's heart for the poor and His mandate for Christians. Subscribe to this free series for an in-depth look at Christian relief and development.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

1Mish ,

Game changer!

This FREE resource is a game changer for anyone involved in any type of ministry that interacts with the poor or marginalized. Easy to listen to, insightful, and fairly short episodes… perf!

staffaction ,

eye-opening and informative

Of all the podcasts I download (about 7) this one tops my priority list to listen to when there's a new episode. This podcast has profoundly impacted my worldview in terms of how I view poverty - it's essence, causes, and solutions. I'm a trained economist and often see the number one cause and and solution for poverty in terms of economics and institutions. And no doubt, institutions are significant…Perhaps more significant than Christian advocates and those working in "social justice" realize or confess. That said, a more full-orbed view of poverty includes a multi-faceted understanding of what poverty is, and how it can be solved. If you're newly subscribing to this podcast, I recommending downloading all the episodes and working through all of them as you have the time.

Wendy McMahan of Food for the Hungry is the host and she does brilliantly. While I recommend listening to all of the shows in order, she is a teacher who does not assume one has listened to previous segments. i.e. if you listen to #51 first, you will not be lost. She has a great radio voice and personality, and sounds as if she is talking in live conversation (as opposed to reading a script). The podcast has an accompanying blog for further resources.

Even for those not working in the nonprofit sector or ministry I recommend this podcast. The episodes are short and composed for laypersons. It will likely give a much better understanding of the world.

My one recommendation: interview folks from outside Food for the Hungry for their insight. There are many great organizations out there doing good work and it could be a significant value-add in terms of reducing poverty by informing listeners of their insights and work. I would also recommend interviewing experts and scholars who come from a secular standpoint. Though not Christian, we have much to learn from them. Some names that come to mind: Tom G. Palmer, William Easterly, and Lawrence W. Reed.

bcmotaylor ,

Awesome podcast!!!

I started listening to this podcast in early 2010 and have now listened to every podcast. I have passed several recent episodes along to friends and other leaders. What has most impacted me is gaining a much broader understanding of poverty and the root causes. In response to this new understanding I am re-evaluating how my family approaches giving to and serving the poor so that the real issues are addressed and long term restoration can occur (including with myself). Thanks!
-- Bart

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