How do you find worthwhile things and people to help?
I can't figure out how to answer this question. I hear about major, well known charities landing on the beach when a crisis happens, raising lots of money, helping some, and then heading out to the next high profile tragedy. And, I've heard some stories recently of well known charities that really are just fund raising engines and perhaps are not doing the good that people think they are doing.
The Philippines typhoon is the latest example where you know nobody there and whatever dollars you give can never be followed up on to see if they really helped. One depends on a network of people who vouch for the good use of the dollars. The network might be several layers deep full of people you've never met and never will meet.
I can't figure out how to get the right help to the right people at the right time.
I wrote long ago about Making a Difference and that It Is Hard Out There and I've written about Community and recently I wrote about the struggle to figure out How do you decide where to give? But I don't have this problem figured out.
I do think you invest with people you know. Perhaps that is the answer. But then it likely means you help those who are close by. Not sure.
Maybe it is through local faith groups like churches. Some do a good job at finding those in need, validating their need and then quietly helping them. I think that is likely the right model. No publicity, but helping widows, orphans, the sick, the jobless, etc. The Christian message get so confused by those trying to manipulate the message but at its core, Jesus was deeply concerned and helped those who were broken, sick, lost and wounded. This is just so important, but it is hard to figure out how do this. And there are many who are just in turmoil, broken or have no hope and they need help too. Jesus touching the leper comes to mind.
I just pray for eyes to see the needs and then known what to do.
This is a confused post because I feel confused about it.