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A Path Appears Coming January 26th to PBS

There’s a lot of money given to charities around the world. I’m not an economist, I’m a youth worker. So I don’t know how much money is given but I’m pretty sure it’s in the bazillions.

Until 2010, I was relatively ignorant of the long-term impact of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world. Sure, I’d heard rumbles here or there from a visiting missionary at my church or a talking head on TV, but I largely assumed that all money and efforts coming from the Western world were somehow good for the Developing world.

That changed five years ago when an earthquake rocked Haiti.

Read the rest of this post, Walking a Path Together, that I wrote for the 30 Hour Famine blog.

The only nonfiction book I pre-ordered and read not related to youth ministry last year? A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It’s an important read for anyone who is involved, in some way, with social justice. And it’s an important read for anyone who asks anyone for money. (To be clear: I think this is a must read for anyone working in a church.)

I’m super excited for the new film series, A Path Appears, that’s coming to PBS later this month. I hope you’ll watch it.

That’s my Friday is For Friends this week. I’m not personally friends with Nicholas and Sheryl, but I wish I was!

By Adam McLane

Adam McLane is a partner at The Youth Cartel, co-author of A Parent's Guide to Understanding Social Media, blogger of 10+ years, and a fan of all things San Diego State University Aztecs.

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