7 Marks of Effective Charity Series

Mark #2: Bonding

The first step in practicing true charity is to seek to reconnect people to their affiliations (Mark #1). But what happens when there are no connections left?  What do we do when a person is truly alone?
In this lesson you will:

  • Explore the importance of relationships for those who find themselves in chronic poverty, as well as the history of relationship-building in past charity work.

  • Meet and get to know Stephen who, addicted, alone, and with nowhere else to turn, came to Watered Gardens in Joplin, Missouri, to enter a 15-month recovery program for men with a focus on character development and work skills.

  • Learn how to practically create an environment that fosters sincere, caring relationships, as well as explore the difficulties of relationship building.
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VP of Education ('20-'23)
True Charity Initiative
Executive Director
True Charity Initiative


Jeff Lofting, M.Ed.

Jeff first heard the concepts of "true charity" during the launch of the True Charity Initiative in 2012 at the inaugural Leadership Forum, after which he and his wife joined the TCI Education Committee. He and his wife relocated to Tokyo, Japan, the following year to work for the Department of Defense Education Activity but continued serving at a distance through designing multimedia to promote the philosophy of TCI and its events.

In 2020, Jeff and his family returned to the U.S., where he is now Director of Education for TCI. He earned his Master of Education in Information Science and Learning Technologies with the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2013.
Patrick Jones - Course author
Patrick Jones - Course author

Dr. James Whitford

James Whitford, CEO and founder of True Charity is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the first certified True Charity model in Joplin, Missouri, Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission. James earned his doctorate from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Physical Therapy after which he worked in the specialty field of wound care before his transition to full-time ministry work.
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