I wrote this as a response to an excellent article about ministry to the poor, here:
Befriending The Poor
I feel sorry for the people who have been hurt in attempting to help
the hurting and so reject the whole business. When my wife and I started
working with the needy, inviting them into our home for meals, we had our
checkbook stolen from us and someone wrote checks upwards of a thousand dollars,
which we never got back. From this, we learned that it was foolish of us to
leave our checkbook in a place where it could be stolen. Sometimes, having the
needy around is like having a toddler in the house-- our lives have to be
restructured for their safety. But it is worth it to participate in Jesus'
ministry. Praise God for His grace in allowing us to be with the people of
struggle and faith.