When you get face-to-face with those in need, it’s seeing them through Christ’s eyes.
You realize just how much you have in common. We are all poor; we just have different
forms of poverty.
There are wonderful individuals with tremendous economic needs, who have had difficult lives. A handout often leads to co-dependency, not self-sufficiency. By teaching people ‘how to fish, instead of just giving them fish’, we help them make long-term, real life changes with employment skills, sobriety, good family relationships, budgeting and good spending habits.
They need to know how much God loves them; that He finds them acceptable, complete
and fully pleasing to Him. It requires a network of people working together. Amazing life
changes are being witnessed in the many individuals that Stand in the Gap is empowering.
– Buddy Stone, co-founder of Stand in the Gap