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Giving well

Consider the dignity of the other

Today Americans tend to be suspicious of large organizations. We want to be sure our hard-earned money is wisely spent. The trend is to focus on specific projects. In Kenya and Uganda last summer on a Lutheran World Relief study trip, I saw evidence of this: plaques on newly built houses and banners on vehicles proclaiming the donor's generosity. Does that promote dignity? Or is it a sign of clumsiness in gift giving?


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