from the Editors

Former President George Bush encouraged citizens of the United States to "give 5 percent"—that is, to donate 5 percent of their time to a worthy cause. If you're going to try to help others, though, how can you be sure you're going try to help others, though, how can you be sure you're making a truly useful contribution? Giving aid to people when it's not utilized properly, or even not wanted, can prove worse than doing nothing at all. The question, then, isn't just, What can you do to help the world, but how best can you contribute?

Not that there isn't often a need for almost any kind of sincere help. Yet, in the light of the continuing necessity for large-scale relief efforts and the daily individual needs within our own neighborhoods, it's vital that people pray for guidance about what exactly are the best practical steps to take, whether as individuals or as nations.

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