In my opinion, the role of the American church should be a complimentary one, rather than a frontline one. There are many different avenues to work with the poor in India, serve through business endeavors, facilitate training in some needy areas, etc. Financial assistance is also good, as long as it is done in a way that does not lead to dependency and control. Above all, I think the best role would be prayer. That's a major role for both sides. We need to be praying for one another.
By Ruth Burgner
American Christians go to India. They see extreme wealth side by side with incredible poverty. They return to the States and come up with a plan to "help India's poor." This happens a lot. But is this serving God's kingdom?