#SubversiveJesus — Chapter 5

Most of this chapter is about Tom and the way the Alongsiders works in Cambodia. Young Cambodian Christians are mobilised to choose one orphan or vulnerable child from their community and be committed to acting as their big brother or sister, walking alongside them as they grow up alone.

He points out that:

…the word economics comes from the Greek word oikos, which literally means household or extended family. Our finances and our family are closely connected… to be part of that sharing economy (the kingdom of God), we have to leave behind our narrow focus on the nuclear family and widen our embrace to include others, especially the poor, the orphan, and the widow. —Subversive Jesus; Craig Greenfield.

It’s an interesting and practical way to make real impact in the community around us — one that we often overlook because we’re too busy working out big events and projects. It takes a long time to see results, though. I don’t know if we’re patient enough for that.


Greenfield’s description of Tom & Cambodian parents using their chins and pursed lips to point made me laugh. It’s probably an Asian thing…