Robert Egger – DC Central Kitchen

I’m grateful for the opportunity to attend a private dinner with Robert Egger – the founder and president of the DC Central Kitchen. What an amazing opportunity to personally learn from a top leader in the non-profit sector as I’m at the front end of starting a non-profit organization that births a new church that lives God’s irresistible love.

Robert’s opening line captured my attention. “Good non-profits are about freedom”. How True. Good non-profits provide more than charity, they provide freedom. They partner charity with training to set people free to live responsible. To live for the good of others. To contribute to the needs of others. To live lives of love.

This statement isn’t unique to Robert. The New Testament says that “it is for freedom that Jesus has set us free.” In the words of Jesus, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Jesus came to set humanity free. Free from sin. Free to experience the fullness of life. Free to love.

In the American context, many non-profits need to transition from simply meeting people’s needs to resourcing and equipping people to live free. Free from poverty. Free from hunger. Free from destructive choices. Freedom is the key to people experiencing the fullness of life.


One Response

  1. You raise some very good points regarding ministry to the poor. We need to bring them dignity and set them free. Robert Lupton, who has been part of a growing and dynamic ministry to the poor in Atlanta for more than 30 years, presents this exceedingly well, not from an ivory tower, but from the perspective of a Christian businessman, psychologist and minister to the poor. I encourage Christians to read his recent book, Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life – Rethinking Ministry to the Poor (Regal, 2007). This book challenges government and most Christian approaches to the poor, and provides direction on how we should bring dignity and justice to the poor, and to raise them up in our society.

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