As Christians, we are called to help and serve others, especially those with the greatest need. As we do so, not all efforts achieve the results that we would hope. To fulfill our calling, it’s essential to evaluate (and re-evaluate) how our mercy ministries function, and then change our approach accordingly.
To assist in this process, consider this article by Christianity Today that rates the impact of various mercy ministries: Cost-Effective Compassion: The 10 Most Popular Strategies for Helping the Poor
By evaluating the effectiveness of a ministry, we can ensure that we doing what is most helpful, not merely what is cool, cheap, or convenient. May God help us.