We serve in some of the poorest communities in the world where people live on less than $2 US per day. When we partner with local leaders and leverage economic and human capital, we do this with a long-term outlook in mind.
The project must be sustainable, empower locals, and be holistic. And it must be done with dignity. What do we mean by holistic? Well, we’re glad you asked.
- Meet physical needs of food, water, etc.
- Meet spiritual needs of local church involvement.
- Meet social needs of job creation and education.
Overall, these communities are not projects – they are people. We care for them deeply, and we want them to understand how much we love and respect them. It’s an honor to serve alongside these leaders and to see the redemptive work of the gospel being lived out when the global church partners together.
BREAKING THE CYCLE
Breaking the cycle of extreme poverty simply means that we have to start with something, usually with aid. As the project progresses, we want it to be led, sustained and run long-term by the local communities in the countries where we serve.
- When we sponsor a child, we work as hard as possible to ensure that our sponsored kids today don’t need for their own children to be sponsored in the next decade. That is what we believe breaking the cycle of extreme poverty looks like.
- If we start a medical clinic, that clinic must have a long-term plan that will be sustained through local efforts. This means we will create a business plan and budget, ensuring that the clinic can last without outside economic support within a certain timeframe.
Of course we understand that extreme poverty is complex, with new issues that will always arise such as war, natural disasters and government instability. It would be foolish for us to assume that one day every situation will be 100% ideal.
STRIVING FOR CHANGE
We strive for every person to have food, clean water, proper shelter, education, access to healthcare and some sort of economic opportunity so that they can provide for their families and serve their communities with joy, hope and dignity. If we can do this, then we know that we have done something beautiful. Together – through friendship, partnership, hard work and sacrifice – we will be able to walk through these communities and see children attending school, clean water flowing through pipes and wells, parents going to work and providing for their own families, churches filled with people who care for each other and their communities, including vulnerable kids and orphans.
The world will never be perfect, but it can be better. And each day we are committed to living out that hope.