“What I have discovered in my travels to more than forty countries with World Vision is that almost all poverty is fundamentally the result of a lack of options. It is not that the poor are lazier, less intelligent, or unwilling to make efforts to change their condition. Rather, it is that they are trapped by circumstances beyond their power to change.” A Hole in the Gospel by Richard Stearns takes the reader through a compelling journey – from the calling of Stearns to head World Vision to the adventures he has taken throughout the world as he brings the Gospel to life.
Stearns’ calling to head World Vision is a fascinating look at how God works out His details in our lives, regardless of our initial reaction to the calling. Stearns then takes the reader through the many words of Jesus telling His followers to help the poor, clothe those who are naked, and being the voice of justice for those who cannot defend themselves. Stearns recounts story after story of how the smallest assistance can have such a huge impact on third world countries and that we are not living out the Gospel if we neglect those who are not within the limited sphere of our daily lives.
Stearns’ book leaves the reader eager to put into action the words of Jesus Christ. He not only informs, but inspires the reader in the realization that the smallest type of assistance on our part can have the greatest impact for the Kingdom of God.