All posts by Nathan Hollenbeck

About Nathan Hollenbeck

Nathan joined Coptic Orphans in 2006. It was his response to a call to help return Egypt’s hospitality to the Holy Family on behalf of Christ Emmanuel and the Theotokos, after they changed his own life as a youth. He has a passion to fulfill God’s command to “bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” (Isaiah 1:17, ESV)

Three Approaches to Poverty, Part II: The Rights-Based Approach

We saw in the last post that the charity approach starts with needs. A rights-based approach, unlike a needs-based approach, sees deprivation and the inability to pursue ones’ potential not just as tragedy, but an injustice. Therefore, a development, or rights-based approach, starts with injustices and potentials.

Poverty and everything that comes along with it are injustices because every human being has rights by the pure virtue of carrying the dignity of being a human being.

But what is a right? Continue reading

Three Approaches to Poverty, Part I: The Charity Approach

The Bible gives us many straightforward commands to care for the poor. But when we go out to put those words into action and actually tackle poverty, we run into all sorts of questions: how do we do this without doing more harm than good? What’s the best way to actually help the poor? How do we do this without getting overwhelmed?

At Coptic Orphans, we’ve seen three approaches to eradicating poverty among.In this three-part blog series, we’ll explore the virtues and shortcomings of each one. My hope is that this will be useful for discerning donors who want to make the greatest impact for the Kingdom of God with their contributions, and for other Christian organizations working to advance the Kingdom – especially Coptic organizations like Coptic Orphans. Continue reading