World Magazine's issue this week is devoted to covering Christian-based groups who are helping the needy and helpless very effectively, in a personal and spiritually effective way. (Subscription required for full articles. Some political Christian voices believe that Christian compassion should be carried out via the government social programs - that constitutes a compassionate society. Too often those, as I do, believe private means are the biblical way and the most effective means get labeled compassionate. don't disagree on the value, only the means. Very often we don't have visibility of of the tremendous efforts across the country because these are locally-based. World Magazine does a service by bringing these excellent examples to our attention.