The book starts with the principles they use for ministry: social and spiritual needs do not necessarily conflict; changing the structures of society does not meet the needs of the Whole Man; the Gospel does have and must have social effects; money is a dangerous commodity; as missionaries we are guests in the countries in which we work. The remainder of the (short) book gives various accounts of these principles in action, mainly in locations in southeast Asia- a Cambodian refugee camp, a Korean tuberculosis hospital, a hospital in Thailand, a program for recovering alcoholics in Japan, etc. It’s a short read and I thought it provided a reasonable and thoughtful perspective on this issue. Interesting to read, for sure.
Obviously the balance between social and spiritual needs is a massive and multi-faceted issue, one that cannot be adequately addressed in a short book. But like I said, an interesting look at how one organization has done so. This is also an issue that I will surely be increasingly considering as I delve into the world of global public health, so definitely a good read for me to get the wheels spinnin.