Slumdog Tourism

Kara Powell | Jul 21, 2011

I’m a fan of the Center for Transforming Mission. We at FYI consider them a partner, and I have especially enjoyed getting to know Kris Rocke (no, not that Chris Rock) when he has taught in our FYI Urban Youth Ministry Certificate.

I appreciate their weekly “Word from Below” because they stretch me/remind me to see things differently. In fact, last week’s was on just that: seeing things differently.

If you are involved, or know someone (especially a teenager) involved in short-term missions this summer, I encourage you to discuss this great blog post with them. In what ways do we unknowingly engage in slumdog tourism? How can we make sure we show the utmost dignity, the type of dignity God intends for all people created in His image (which means all people), to those with whom we interact?

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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