PEORIA (WEEK) – A group sat down in Peoria today to talk about a need to redefine poverty.
Author and doctor Brian Fikkert spoke at Bradley University; some of his books include “When Helping Hurts” and “Becoming Whole.”
His message is that being better, more compassionate neighbors is the start and that friendliness can go further than a handout.
“The story of change and the story of how we can move from poverty to poverty alleviation is a bigger story than just things,” he said. “And it certainly doesn’t come with handouts or those things.”
“But it really is a relational issue.”
Three ministries in Peoria helped bring Fikkert to the River City – The Southside Mission, Dream Center Peoria and Peoria Rescue Ministries.