Understanding the Culture of Generational Poverty and Dependency

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In many conservative Anabaptist urban and international church plants, effort is made to reach a particular culture that has formed over the course of many generations.

Dependency on outside assistance, dysfunctional homes, drug abuse, and sexual promiscuity are common characteristics of this culture. It is often difficult for conservative Anabaptists to understand this culture and to effectively reach it with the gospel. What needs to be understood before attempting a church plant in communities where this culture is prevalent?