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Participatory Training That Multiplies

Our aim in education is to produce changed individuals, who will change others, who, in turn, will change others. These individual changed lives result in changed families, changed communities, and ultimately in changed societies. An inward change must precede the outward change which is based on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. There are absolutes…

Poverty

What is Poverty, Who are Rich and Who are Poor Justin Long in his blog recently shared “Words are things that we use: sometimes carefully, sometimes carelessly. I have been scanning a lot of articles lately and thinking about resilient communities. Rich or poor are difficult terms: they can be relevant or absolutes.” When we…

Organic Movement

Earlier this year I read the book Organic Community by Joseph R. Myers which compares the way a community can grow either by a master plan or organically. Master planning is what is done by most western organizations where it is top down every detailed planned out. While organic growth takes on a life of…

What is My Passion?

I want to share with you my passion, what has driven me for the last 30 years. It is the cause of: Lifting communities out of cycles of poverty and disease and facilitating people to faith and maturity in Christ. The Biblical Basis for my cause? Participate in God’s mission to restore all creation to…

Organic Community, Great Book

John Myers wrote a book Organic Community comparing a community that is designed and encouraged by organic growth versus a community that is designed by a master plan. As the title implies an Organic Community is what Myers heavily favors. There are nine elements he uses to describe the difference between organic and master planned…

Identifying Assets

As follow-on to a Blog I wrote a couple weeks ago on Assets we want to follow on with how to identify assets in a neighborhood. Communities can no longer be thought of as complex masses of needs and problems, but rather diverse and potent webs of gifts and assets. Each community has a unique…