Sjogren, Steve and Janie. 101 Ways to Help People in Need. Navpress, Colorado Springs Col. price- 13.50. pp. 117. Available at Leadership Centre- 800-804-0777.
Steve and Janie explain the need for a ministry to needy people. They identify who these people are. They talk about do’s and don’ts of this kind of ministry. They explain some basic principles about working with volunteers that will actually do the ministry.
Meeting people’s needs is approached on four different levels. 101 specific ideas are presented on what to do. Most projects have a "What you’ll need " section that is very practical. Connecting cards, with information about the church, are an important resource to provide to people.
Level One- Relief: Meeting an Immediate Need. (#1-54)
These are activities that actually meet basic needs of people. They are like proverbial band-aid or bandage that, although it does not really heal it meets an immediate need. Matt. 25: 35-36 paraphrased could read, "Find a hurt and heal it, find a need and meet it". 29.
Level Two- Reconciliation: Seeing People Get Right With God and One Another. (#55-76)
These projects focus on relationships. Opportunities are given for commitments to Christ. "How to lead someone to Christ ," 69 is reviewed. It is made so simple that anyone can do it.
Level Three- Reconstruction: Creating New Economic and Life Opportunities.(#77-96)
These are projects that get into practical challenges of helping people get their everyday lives together. e.g. literacy, transportation, special skills.
Level Four- Relocation: Becoming World Changers. (#97-101)
This section is all about "touching people who need our help at the deepest levels possible." e.g. providing opportunities for short term missions, living in community with the needy, doing a house church in a needy apartment. etc.
A very practical list of projects for any church that is serious about servant evangelism. This all about evangelism in shoeleather. As a resource, a good investment. A how to manual.