spokenonlyonce (spokenonlyonce) wrote in xtianfarleft,

The Hole in our Gospel

I recently heard about this book, The Hole in our Gospel by Richard Stearns. On the face of it, it looks very interesting and quite positive--basically saying that the hole in our gospel is a lack of service to the poor.

But Stearns is the CEO of World Vision, an organization which I have had my doubts about. For one thing, they seem to have a very high overhead... I've known people who sent them small donations and received videos, t-shirts, junk mail, etc. in the mail as a result. For another thing, I seem to remember hearing that their "sponsor a child" program is a bit of a sham (that you get a picture but you're not really sponsoring THAT child) although I can't remember where I saw this. They also kind of go "in and out" of a community, building this or that and dropping off some Bibles and then taking off, rather than staying and working in partnership with the community. Anyway, I certainly don't give my donations for world missions to World Vision (I go with UNICEF and UMCOR).

So, has anyone read this book? The 20 reviews on Amazon are all good (4 or 5 out of 5 stars). And it seems like a really interesting and hopeful idea, but I'm concerned that it comes from the CEO of a company that may not be quite as progressive as I'd like to support. I was just curious if any of you had read it or had comments about Stearns or World Vision in general.
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