Bridging the Gap: Integral Mission with the Poor

By Tim Costello

I would like to consider this topic by reflecting on probably the most famous story Jesus told, colloquially called The Good Samaritan (Luke 10). This story was precipitated by two questions that highlight the gap between engagement with the poor and my evangelical upbringing. At first sight, the two questions seem so different and almost unrelated that one wonders if the Good Samaritan story is indeed a response to both.