Have you ever heard of Kiva?
From their website: Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.
Kiva is in the game to alleviate poverty, but I’m wondering how the concept changes the game for churches and missions agencies as they seek to proclaim Christ, establish churches and alleviate poverty. I do think what Kiva is doing is a good way for us to put our money where our mouth is. Micro-financing (when done well) is effective and very helpful to families and communities.
It seems as though Kiva might change the way we think about how churches partner with churches (or communities without a church) in far away places. Maybe we need a similar organization with this vision: (insert name) is the worlds first church to church website empowering churches to invest lives, time, and money in communities and infant churches around the globe.
Maybe the way we impact a community is to lead with micro-financing (or whatever their greatest need) with the goal of developing long term relationships, while be Christ and proclaiming Christ – One church invests in one community.
What do ya think?
Hat Tip: Z
Tim Neufeld writes about his Father’s Day in Togo and an Imam who preaches too long, and his son’s reaction to the long sermon on Noah. I guess if you’re a Baptist or Muslim the PKs (Preacher’s Kids) and the IKs (Imam’s Kids) have the same hope: short sermons. Read more…
We go to Walmart weekly and purchase what we need so it’s hard to comprehend that a man named Ibrahim in Mango, Togo needs 2.5 acres of farmland to feed his family. If you’re not growing it or purchasing it from some one who grew it – in Mango or Kara, then you’re not eating. Keep reading to learn more from Tim and Esther – on the front line in Mango which by the way is in the 10/40 Window.
Missionaries need our prayers. Some of them carry heavy burdens that are unique to where they invest their lives. Would you take five minutes and pray for a GLBC missionary?
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“I’m leaving now.” These are the words of a faithful Togolese sister who is now at rest. Her words stand in contrast to what might have been had the Gospel not been brought to her family and tribe – a contrast of Voodoo animism vs. rest in Jesus Christ. This is update # 19 from ABWE Missionaries in Mango, Togo – Northern Hospital Outreach. Read more…
Update # 9 from ABWE Missionaries in Mango, Togo – Northern Outreach.
We should be praying for the new followers of Christ in Northern Togo – their obedience to Jesus runs against animistic rituals which are intermingled with Islam and other cultural expressions. Pray for missionaries there as well – the labor is hard. Excerpt . . .
The Tamberma people are very idolatrous, and there is a clash between their customs and the Christian faith we proclaim. Kpatcha told us about a young lady who refused to go through the animistic coming-of-age rites, and who was beaten by her older brother and chased from the house. Kpatcha and his wife gave her shelter, and then sent her off to Kara where she would be safe. So the older brother came by his house to insult and threaten him, actually sending a group of young men to bring her home by force.