Some points for being effective in working with those in poverty:

  1. It should be a passion, driven by love for those for whom you want to minister.
  2. If you don't have firsthand knowledge of their burdens, then research everything you can in order to have a feeling of what their journey entails. Learn the culture and language of the people—you must be able to communicate in a language they understand and accept.
  3. Make friends and build bridges—Jesus had the reputation of being a friend of tax collectors and sinners—be Jesus to them.
  4. Help them to learn to live in the moment. You can't change the past, you have no control over the future; today, this moment is where we can learn, to see, to change. Always accept their limits.
  5. Only once you have provided the physical needs and established the trust, as a friend, will they listen to God's word, then give the bread of life, and walk the journey with them.


Women who are willing to give you input in working with those in poverty:

Carol Owen

Carol is the program director for Friendship House
friendshiphouse@bellsouth.ca // (519) 753-8511

Donna Forster

Donna is the Founder of Mary Magdalene ministries
donna.forster7@gmail.com // (250) 727-0921