A Different Take on Charity

A Different Take on Charity

1800 1800 Rachel Rose Nelson


Pearl of Wisdom:

“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the LORD your God.”

– Leviticus 23:22


GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD A HEART for those facing poverty, perhaps especially women. One must simply remember the Old Testament story of Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi to see this is true. Living in a foreign land, Naomi’s husband had died. Her sons, including Ruth’s husband had passed away as well. Without provision, Naomi encouraged her daughters-in-law to go back to their families of origin. But Ruth stayed loyal to her mother-in-law as well as Naomi’s God in following her back to her homeland in hopes of survival.

Here the women encountered a system of social justice that gave them a new life. Israelite landowners were commanded by God’s law to leave the edges of their fields for the poor to harvest. This was not a system of handouts, but a system of opportunity which when met with the willingness to work, would provide the needy with a dignified living.

What if God’s solution to poverty isn’t just a handout, but opportunity created through generosity?

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While we are certainly called to provide food and shelter to those in need, it is worth pondering the way Ruth’s diligence met Boaz’ law-inspired generosity to create beauty from ashes. What might such a system look like today?



Insight to Action

You and I don’t all have land. But we do have money. What could our generosity accomplish if we invested it in creating an opportunity for women in need to work? This was the guiding thought behind the business model we developed for ONE DRESS UNITED.




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Has this post got you thinking? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.










  • James and Margaret Beck . . . at 5:07 pm

    This is the way life should work. Those of us more fortunate need to help create opportunities for those in need.

  • I love the idea of empowerment! To raise self esteem and to show a person that when in hard times there is a solution. Not to just count on handouts but to conquer a means to an end on their own. God gives us a body , a mind, and a will to make it. I know because I did just that! It is never easy but our God is Good!! He will provide the tools we need.

    • Rachel Rose . . . at 10:11 pm

      Thanks for the powerful testimony Linda. I echo your statement that God provides the tools we need in times of struggle. But it seems He often calls those with access to the tools to provide on His behalf. Inspired by the example of Boaz being called to share access to his land so the poor could glean, we can ask: What am I being called to share in order to equip others in need? It’s sometimes a more complex matter than giving money, food or shelter, but as you said, so important for the empowerment of the person in need. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jesus Christ came to give life and life in abundance BUT the devil came to steal, kill, and destroy.The life in abundance has got sharing( all the fruits of the spirit). I can share my strength(You remember a good Samaritan!), money, love, knowledge(innovative ideas).

    Some times it’s also good to identify your gift. Every one has got a gift.This helps you to reach to your destiny. some times we identify our gifts through people or friends( you remember a window who had a debt in the bible and the prophet asked him what she had.It was through what she had that saved her from the debt.So identifying someone’s gift is enough for someone’s break through. Be blessed.

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