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He certainly shows through-out his word his great love for the poor and the oppressed and his hatred of injustice. Unfortunately much of the Christian church seems to have had a bias to the rich and the powerful, and a record more often of being on the side of the oppressor than the oppressed. However, in South America, Christians were being challenged by liberation theology to fight for the oppressed.

In South Africa the fight against apartheid had many Christian leaders, Father Trevor Huddleston and Bishop Desmond Tuto to name but two, but here again there were many in the church who supported the status quo of apartheid. Indeed the Dutch Reformed Church explicitly advocated it, justified by their interpretation of the bible. Others in Africa, such as Bishop Gitari in Kenya, fought for justice with their political leaders.

In Europe the church was central in the over-throw of communism. In the UK, and around the world, the churches were central in getting debt relief and fair trade for many of the poorest countries, through campaigns like Jubilee , and Make Poverty History. Such contentious political action seems a long way from the apparently apolitical stance of those missionaries of , but it is an integral part of holistic mission.

Ecumenism through holistic mission Edinburgh was important in bringing many church denominations together in working together in ecumenical structures. Through the subsequent century, the ecumenical movement between the denominations has waxed and waned. Despite many initiatives and much effort and good will, the separate denominations are still distinct and far from united in the eyes of the world.

However, there is one area where ecumenism develops quite naturally, and that is in holistic mission where churches work together in addressing the common needs of society. Over the years, where churches have shared a common concern for the physical, material and social needs of their communities, they more readily work together to fight poverty and injustice. Recently the churches have come together around issues such as Jubilee , 8. Evangelicals Rene Padilla and Samuel Escabor were highly influential in bringing such majority world concerns onto the Laussane agenda in Making Poverty History, Stopping the Traffic in sexual exploitation and in fighting other social evils.

In our own church in the UK, we find that we are working alongside other churches in the town in establishing a food-bank for the needy and destitute. Somehow, the finer points of denominational distinctions seem to be irrelevant when serving the poor. Structure of the Book In considering how holistic mission has developed over the last years, and the issues currently underlying the role of holistic mission in the church of today and into the next century, we have structured this book around three main sections.

The first section deals with the nature of holistic mission. Ron Sider sets the scene in its biblical context and challenges us to define the gospel as Jesus did. Chris Sugden then considers mission as transformation, an important concept especially among evangelicals, and traces how this has developed among this constituency since the seminal Lausanne conference in Esther Mombo then considers from an African perspective how mission developed from the fourfold ministries of evangelism, education, health and industrial training, into a more holistic practice.

She highlights, among other things, the significance of holistic mission to women. Damon So takes us back to the fundamentals of Christianity, the life of Jesus, and illustrates holistic mission as being embodied in that exemplary life, death and resurrection. The next section describes how holistic mission has developed since Edinburgh , across different parts of the world. One hundred years ago the issue of mission was discussed from a largely Euro-centric perspective. The global church now is completely different, with the strength and life of the church having moved further south, east and west.

Al Tizon takes a largely western perspective. Nicta Lubaale describes how the emerging church in Africa has had fresh opportunities and challenges to face. Sam Jayakumar gives an Asian perspective, where poverty and oppression have been at the root of their religious systems, and where examples of particularly Indian Christian missionaries have demonstrated holistic mission well before it was fashionable in the west. Tito Paredes takes us to Latin America where, arguably, some of the most dramatic, certainly the most political, expressions of holistic mission have developed.

The third section considers the issues relating to holistic mission in the current days. Bryant Myers challenges us to think more deeply about what. Vinay Samuel and Tulu Raistrick, from their different perspectives, analyse how the local churches can transform their local community, and are in fact the key to the implementation of a full, holistic, gospel. Christian NGOs have been a central development over the last half of the twentieth century and have been a way that the church, as para-church, has propagated holistic mission.

Now they are increasingly working through the local church. One of the most contentious areas of holistic mission has been the involvement of the church with the political systems of the day. For many Christians, particularly evangelical Christians, political issues, fighting the injustices of society, have been quietly ignored. We have tackled this issue head-on through chapters by Melba Maggay and Martin Allaby. Melba argues the case for political involvement, Martin expands on some of the difficult practicalities.

Finally, two issues central to the meaning of holistic mission have been addressed. Though at the time of the first Edinburgh conference the role of women was being debated actively in the west through the suffragette movement, the dominant role of men in the church has remained an unsatisfactory and unresolved sore. This role of women, so active in the social leadership in the home and the community, and so central in holistic mission, is addressed by Beulah Herbert, and also Esther Mombo earlier. In conclusion, after the discussions in the contributing chapters and the workshop in Oxford, we will draw together the key areas relating to holistic mission which are relevant to the church today, and suggest some challenges and opportunities for the future.

We have deliberately sought to give a wide-ranging, perhaps eclectic, overview of holistic mission. We have deliberately brought together perspectives from theologians, from church leaders and from practitioners, and we have sought insights from around the world with global leaders from the UK, from Asia, from Africa and from southern and northern America. We have been privileged in being able to bring together such an authoritative group of writers, and trust that their joint insights will be illuminating and inspirational.

Evangelicals have a problem. Many evangelicals today do not define the gospel the way Jesus did. There are two problems with this understanding. First, if the gospel is only the forgiveness of sins, then it is a one-way ticket to heaven and you can live like hell until you get there. One can embrace the Good News of forgiveness and still go on living the same adulterous, racist, unjust life as before. The second problem is that forgiveness of sins is simply not the primary way Jesus defined the gospel. Jesus points to the kingdom as the purpose of his coming.

Both his preaching and his miraculous healing are signs of the kingdom. And he sends out his disciples to announce the kingdom. For his answer, Jesus points to his preaching, and his healing of the blind, the lame, and even the socially ostracized lepers. Later, in his argument with the Pharisees, he makes the same claim, insisting that his miraculous casting out of demons is visible proof that the kingdom has begun Mt. When Jesus sends out his disciples, he commands them to preach and demonstrate the kingdom in the same way. If anything is clear in Jesus, it is that the announcement and demonstration of the kingdom are at the very core of his message and life.

It is surely astonishing that precisely those Christians who speak most often about their desire to be biblical and their passion for evangelism do not define the gospel the way Jesus did. That in itself would be problematic. But it is even more serious when we realize that understanding the gospel merely as forgiveness of sins rather than as the Good News of the kingdom of God tends to lead to more serious problems. It easily leads us to reduce salvation to an inner, spiritual relationship between the individual soul and God.

It also helps promote the neglect of the social transformation e. In fact, a failure to define the gospel the way Jesus did easily leads to cheap grace and a neglect of social ministry. An examination of the story of Zacchaeus Lk. Zacchaeus was a wicked tax collector using and abusing an unjust structure. The Jewish people had very good reason for their intense dislike of Jewish tax collectors working for the Romans!

But when Zacchaeus meets Jesus, he returns everything taken unjustly and gives half of his goods to feed the poor. That is not to suggest that Jesus did not forgive his sins. The rascal surely needed it. But that is not what the text talks about. The passage describes the new, transformed economic relationships that Zacchaeus began to live out with his neighbors after Zacchaeus meets Jesus.

That is what the text highlights as the salvation that Jesus brought to Zacchaeus. If the gospel were merely forgiveness of sins, it would not make sense to ignore forgiveness completely in the text and then announce the arrival of salvation which is surely what we receive when we embrace the gospel. On the other hand, if the gospel is the good news of the kingdom, the Zacchaeus passage does make sense. A careful examination of what Jesus meant by the gospel of the kingdom of God will clarify both our theology and Christian discipleship.

Jesus came, claiming to be the long expected Messiah and announcing that the Messianic. But what was the Messianic expectation? Jeremiah shows that right relationship with God was at the centre of the Messianic hope. A renewed vertical relationship with God was central to the Messianic hope. Equally important was the ringing declaration that the Messiah would restore right relationships with neighbor.

Not just inner hearts or individual relationships with a few neighbors but the whole social order will be transformed Isa. The prophets had long taught that God was especially concerned for the poor, weak and marginalized. Therefore it is hardly surprising that justice for the poor was central to their vision of the Messianic society. The prophets even dared to hope for renewed relationships with the non-human creation Isa. The early church declared Jesus to be the fulfillment of these breathtaking Messianic prophecies. Paul refers to Isaiah and 10 in Romans When the angels Lk.

Repent, and believe the Good News. Jesus never said the kingdom was fully present. Rather, he taught that the Messianic kingdom is already present, but is not yet complete. Jesus uses a past tense. But the kingdom is not here in its fullness. The Pharisees believed that the Messiah would come if all Jews would obey the law perfectly. The violent revolutionaries of the time thought that the Messiah would come if all Jews would join in armed rebellion against Roman imperialism. The kingdom comes as sheer gift. The merciful Father in heaven is like the father who forgives the prodigal son Lk.

It is not the self-righteous Pharisee but the greedy, oppressive tax-collector agonizing over his wickedness whom God forgives Lk. That same understanding of God led Jesus to die as the ransom for our sins Mt. Central to any biblical understanding of the kingdom is that we enter it by sheer grace and divine forgiveness. The kingdom comes as gift. Jesus was not a lone ranger. He was not an isolated prophet. He went around summoning people to follow him. Jesus gathered together a circle of disciples. The Mosaic law had permitted divorce for 2.

Now, as the Messianic kingdom breaks in decisively, divorce is forbidden except for one kind of situation. A sweeping new horizontal reconciliation between husband and wife, rich and poor is possible. Because the Messianic kingdom is now breaking in and the Holy Spirit is being poured out. According to Jesus, we cannot separate a right relationship with God from a right relationship to neighbor. Jesus tells the parable of the unforgiving servant Mt. Peter thought seven times might do! Jesus said seventy times seven — i. Incredibly, that same servant instantly turns around and callously tosses one of his own obscure servants into jail for a few dollars.

Furious, the king commands prison and torture for the merciless rascal. Again and again Jesus repeats this point. But the creator who made us for community has decided that divine forgiveness will not forever remain with those who violate community by withholding forgiveness from the offending neighbor. Challenging Evils of the Status Quo One important thing to note about the horizontal aspect of the gospel of the kingdom of God is that Jesus and his new Messianic community challenged the status quo at numerous points where it was wrong.

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Rich and poor. Jesus shocked the rich with his words about sharing. As the wealthy youth turned away. When another wealthy person responded in obedient repentance, he gave half of his vast riches to the poor Lk. Jesus urged the rich to make loans to the poor, even if there was no reasonable hope of repayment Lk. Those who do not feed the hungry and clothe the naked, he said, go to hell Mt.

Jesus offered a sweeping challenge to an uncaring wealthy establishment. The other side of this challenge to the rich was a powerful identification with the poor.

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Born in a stable, introduced to the agony of refugees as a child, Jesus, the wandering teacher, had no house of his own Mt. The poor flocked to him. He fed and healed the needy.

When John the Baptist asked if he was the Messiah, Jesus pointed to the fact that he healed the sick and preached the gospel of the kingdom to the poor Lk. The inaugural address in the synagogue at Nazareth includes the same statement about preaching to the poor Lk. Our proclamation of the gospel is simply unbiblical unless we, like Jesus, focus special attention on the poor. The heretical neglect of the poor by many affluent Christians is a flat rejection of the Lord of the church. The marginalized. In sharp contrast to his contemporaries, Jesus demonstrated a special interest in the disabled, children, drunkards, prostitutes and lepers cf.

Jesus gently touched the lepers and miraculously healed them Mk. In the parable of the. Jesus was directly defying contemporary norms and social practices. It was better to burn a copy of the Torah the first five books of the Old Testament than allow a woman to touch it. Nor did they count in calculating the quorum needed for a meeting in the synagogue.

Jesus appeared with women in public Jn. He allowed a woman Lk. But Jesus defended Mary Lk. Jesus must also have upset men with his teaching on divorce. In the first century, Jewish men could easily get a divorce. Women did not have equal privileges. Contemporary thinkers would probably have eliminated this inequality by granting women equal privileges. Jesus insisted that God wanted a man and a woman to live in life-long faithful covenant.

Messianic prophecy had foretold that in the last days, daughters and sons, women and men would prophesy Joel That happened in the early church. Women prophesied Acts ; I Cor. One understands this incredible claim about early Christian community only when one remembers that Paul is probably referring explicitly to the common Jewish prayer quoted above where men thank God that they are not Gentiles, slaves, or women.

What an astonishing upsetting of the status quo! Jesus and his new community of women and men were indeed an upside-down kingdom. Jesus must have infuriated Herod. See C. Instead, whosoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. Jesus points to the cross, where he dies as the substitute for our sins, as the model for servant leadership in his new community.

Violent revolutionaries. The zealots believed that the Messiah would come if the Jewish people would all rise up in armed rebellion against the Roman imperialists. The way of the kingdom was love — even for enemies Mt. In this passage, Jesus rejects the standard Jewish interpretation, which limited neighborly love to fellow Israelites.

Instead, he condemns retaliation and vengeance and extends neighborly love to anyone in need, even oppressive Roman imperialists. Jesus fits the humble, peaceful view of the Messiah that was described in Zechariah The crowds shouted Messianic slogans as Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem Lk. But the Messiah rides on a humble donkey, not a warhorse! It is important to see that the religious establishment moved to destroy Jesus for two reasons: because of his radical socio-economic challenge to the status quo and because of his alleged blasphemy.

They obviously had to change their values and actions fundamentally or get rid of this disturbing prophet. When he claimed divine authority to forgive sins, they objected Mk. When he set his own authority above that of Moses, they were offended Mt. When he broke their rigid rules by healing on the 4. Sabbath, they decided to destroy him Mt. Blasphemer, social radical, and Messianic pretender.

That was the charge. That is why the political and religious leadership conspired to kill him. Roman governors regularly crucified Jewish Messianic pretenders in the first century. In fact, Pilate and the priestly aristocracy were right. Jesus was a threat to their unjust, oppressive, unfaithful power and system.

Jesus came, claiming to be the Messiah of the Jewish people. They preferred to kill him. According to Jesus, the gospel is the good news of the kingdom of God. The vertical aspect of this gospel assures us of unconditional divine forgiveness. By word and deed. Jesus preached and healed. He taught and modeled. The eternal word become flesh was the perfect combination of word and deed. Jesus modeled what he taught. He not only announced the arrival of the Messianic time of justice and shalom for the poor and oppressed.

He also fed the hungry and welcomed the socially ostracized into his new community. His diverse circle of men and women, rich and poor, crippled and well, was a visible demonstration of the kingdom he announced. To be sure, Jesus nowhere explicitly says that. Paul however does. Ephesians ff. In Ephesians 2, Paul says Jew and Gentile are reconciled at the cross. Then in chapter 3, Paul talks about the mystery of the gospel which he preaches.

What is it? The new multi-ethnic church is part of the gospel. His teaching was too demanding and costly. His claims were too presumptuous if not indeed blasphemous. To prove this was wrong, the religious and political leaders had him crucified. But then God raised him from the dead! The Resurrection proved to the discouraged disciples that Jesus was truly the Messiah and that his Messianic kingdom had begun.

Pentecost confirmed it. Jewish Messianic hope had expected the giving of the Spirit when the Messiah came. The New Testament uses two interesting words to express the early Christian belief that the Messianic age had truly begun even though it was not yet fully present. They are the words aparche firstfruits and arrabon pledge or downpayment. In 2 Corinthians and , Paul describes the Holy Spirit as a downpayment or guarantee cf. The full harvest was not yet present, but the beginnings of the harvest had already arrived. The presence of those firstfruits caused rejoicing for they were visible, tangible evidence that the full harvest would surely come.

Jesus actually rose from the dead on precisely the day when, in Jewish worship, the first ripe sheaf of the harvest was presented to the Lord. Arrabon downpayment or guarantee is a loan word from the Semitic. It comes from the arena of commerce and means a deposit that pays part of a total debt and gives a legal claim for the full repayment. It is a present tangible pledge that ratifies a contract. Like the firstfruits of the harvest, the Messianic age had truly dawned. The early Christians had already tasted the powers of the age to come Heb.

The Cosmic Dimensions of the Kingdom It is crucial to understand that the kingdom expectations of the New Testament are all-encompassing. The dawning kingdom that Christ will complete at his return does not pertain only to the soul or only to the church or only to individuals. It relates to persons and social structures, indeed even to the nonhuman creation.

It was the present reality of the already dawning Messianic kingdom that anchored this breathtaking cosmic hope of the early Christians. They dared to believe that the crucified and risen carpenter was the key to history. They dared to believe that at his return he would complete his victory over every rule and authority, even death itself I Cor. Even though they were an almost infinitesimally insignificant minority in a powerful pagan empire, they dared to proclaim that God would reconcile all things in heaven and on earth through the cross of this Jewish carpenter Col.

They dared to hope for that cosmic completion of the kingdom that Jesus announced precisely because the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, plus Pentecost, were solid, tangible evidence that the Messianic reign had already begun. The Difference it Makes Defining the gospel as the Good News of the kingdom rather than merely the Good News of forgiveness or the Good News of personal salvation matters a great deal.

For one thing, people who confess Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life ought to be careful not to abandon his central teaching! For another, understanding the central Christian message as the gospel of the kingdom provides a comprehensive, wholistic framework that helps us avoid both cheap grace and a narrow, one-sided understanding of mission.

Thank God that it does bring forgiveness with God and personal, inner sanctification in the power of the Spirit. But it also challenges and changes the social order. The kingdom impacts soul and body, individual and society. The Good News of the kingdom precludes an inward-looking preoccupation with the church. Church people worry that the world might change the church; kingdom people work to see the church change the world. God wants the church to be a little miniature now of the coming kingdom. Therefore Christians go forth into the world both to lead people to faith in Christ and also to erect signs of the coming kingdom within the broken kingdoms of the world, confident that the Messiah will one day return to complete the victory over the kingdom of darkness.

We can now see more clearly how much difference it makes when we define the gospel the way Jesus did; i. I am not saying that the two relationships are identical — they are distinct. But they are also inseparable. The gospel of the kingdom protects us from an unbiblical, individualistic spiritualism and cheap grace 6 that reduces salvation just to the forgiveness of the individual soul. If the gospel is not just forgiveness, but the Good News of the kingdom of God, we are better able to understand that reconciled social and economic relationships in the body of Christ are one part of salvation.

That is what the stories of Zaccheus and the early church show us so clearly. Economic 5. They are essential parts of what it means to embrace the gospel. If the gospel is not just forgiveness, but the Good News of the kingdom of God, we understand more clearly that ministering to both the physical and spiritual needs of people is not some optional possibility, but essential to the gospel.

In the Messianic time, the prophets promised, the Messiah would bring reconciled relationships with God and neighbor. Both spiritual and material needs would be met. Jesus the Messiah came, announcing and demonstrating his dawning kingdom by his words and deeds. Both his preaching and his healing were evidence that the kingdom was arriving.

Tenderly ministering to the material needs of people in the name of Jesus is essential if we are to be faithful to the gospel of the kingdom. If the gospel is not just forgiveness but the Good News of the kingdom, we see more vividly that the Christian community, if it is faithful, will always challenge what is wrong in the status quo. Guided by the vision of the dawning kingdom and empowered by the Holy Spirit, the faithful church will always be a loving critic, a counter-cultural community. If the gospel is not just forgiveness of sins, but the Good News of the kingdom of God, then any sharing of the gospel that does not include a significant concern for the poor is unbiblical.

That is not to say, however, either that God cares more about the poor than the rich or that every evangelistic effort must include a word or action empowering the poor. God cares equally about everyone. Unfortunately, almost all comfortable people care more about themselves than about the needy and marginalized. God has an equal concern that every person accept Christ and enjoy the wholeness intended by the creator. Concern for the poor does not need to find explicit expression in every evangelistic act.

But every extended sharing of the gospel by a congregation or mission agency must make it as clear as Jesus did that the gospel is for the poor and that part of the Good News they share is that there is now a new Christian community where human dignity, social empowerment and economic justice for the least and poorest are being modeled and promoted in the power of the Spirit. If the gospel is not just forgiveness, but the Good News of the kingdom of God, we perceive more clearly that there must always be a sharp distinction between the church and the world.

One of the greatest temptations. Because we are not just forgiven but are also being sanctified by the power of the Spirit, Christians can and should live reconciled lives that make Christians stand out in stark contrast to the broken world around them. In the early church, Jews and Gentiles, slaves and masters, men and women were reconciled — not completely, to be sure, but in such powerful ways that their pagan neighbors saw the radical change and were astonished. In amazement their neighbors asked why they were so different. In response, the early Christians told them about Jesus.

Today, the church looks so much like the world that neighbors seldom ask such questions. So we lose the opportunity for evangelism. A clear distinction between the church and the world is crucial in a second way too. The fact that the reign of God becomes visible in the church in a way that it does not in the larger world does not mean that social change in the larger society is irrelevant.

It just means we do not expect as much reconciliation in the world as in the church. Just doing that has a great impact on society. Second, we also work to improve the larger society. Some day Jesus will come back and the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdom of our Lord. Finally, if the gospel is not just forgiveness, but the Good News of the kingdom of God, we cannot share the gospel adequately just by preaching.

We have to live it, too. Words and deeds must go together. I am absolutely convinced that this full biblical gospel is what our broken world needs. It certainly needs the fantastic news of forgiveness. But it also longs to hear and see the amazing truth that right now there is a reconciled and reconciling community that broken people can enter and be loved and nurtured toward wholeness. In addition, the world would become a better place.

The Development in Thinking That Produced Mission as Transformation The theology and missiology of transformation was developed through an interrogation of scripture in the light of the realities of mission. At its heart was an understanding of the nature of humanity as persons in community and a confession that central to addressing issues of poverty is the gospel of Jesus Christ — which brings a new identity to people as sons and daughters of God.

This new identity gives them a new vision of who the God who created them means them to be, and can empower them to be.

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There was also an understanding that at the heart of the tension between revelation as the source of Christian truth and the context as setting the agenda for Christian action, is the realisation that the revelation of God in Christ was given in a particular context, the context of the poor — whether that was the Hebrew slaves escaping Egypt or the people of the land among whom Jesus ministered — so the context of the poor took priority in exegeting the meaning of the gospel.

It was the era of the civil rights movement and its successors and various expressions. So people coming into the church were already sensitized to issues of addressing poverty and injustice. Increasingly the role of the church was to show how this concern related to the Christian faith, rather than the Christian faith being the fons et origo of the concern for social and personal transformation. Often this was in very general terms of love and justice; but mission as transformation rooted it deeper in the nature of the kingdom of God, the nature of human persons as stewards and moral beings, the atonement of Jesus addressing sin, evil and fate, and the work of the Holy Spirit empowering people and communities to move in the direction of the hope God provides.

The development of the theology and missiology of transformation was not a debate between evangelicals and liberals. It was a debate within evangelicalism — between people who shared common convictions, namely that people should come to know Christ, believe in his atoning death and live the life of his resurrection in the power of the Spirit, based on the supremacy of the scriptures in determining doctrine and practice in the life of the church. In this debate within the evangelical family, the question was whether according to the determinative biblical sources Christian mission is wholistic in essence and nature.

It was an interrogation of biblical teaching — what does the bible teach about mission — rather than an evaluation of the bible. Those proposing the theology and mission of transformation were recovering themes in the bible which had been neglected by the whole evangelical family, themselves included. These themes were the place of the poor in the proclamation and demonstration of the good news: what did good news to the poor really mean, the definition of the good news as good news of the kingdom of God, and that the good news had to do with redeeming and reconciling the whole of the world.

Once these biblical themes were investigated in depth, the inevitable question had to be faced: how did these square with existing understandings of evangelical mission practice, which was suspicious of anything to do with the poor and with social involvement? In those pre days of the contest between western capitalism and various species of Marxism, any sympathy with changing social structures or going beyond the relief of distress was under suspicion in some parts of evangelicalism. People used a number of theological categories and traditions to attack the evangelical legitimacy of those who were making the case for wholistic mission: these included the metaphorical interpretation of biblical passages such as release to the captives, and a residual dualism of the priority of eternal salvation over present well-being.

The battle was not for bible but for biblical teaching. The concern for holistic mission also focused on mission done in context. This led to an increasing appreciation of biblically informed social analysis and of the role of the context in helping us to understand scripture and our mission, and in particular how to understand poverty and why people are poor, what change takes place and how, and what change really is. As a result, many people who were convinced of the biblical case for holistic mission regarded that case as closed. They concentrated their efforts on social research of the impact of holistic mission for example through micro-enterprise development, through addressing AIDS, and through comparison with the development work of other non-Christian religious communities.

One question we need to ask is whether we should be encouraging new study of biblical material in the area of holistic mission. Mission as transformation was the recovery of the wholeness — whole persons and whole communities. We should not forget that the consultation. We identified with the Lausanne Covenant because it raised the concept of wholistic mission — our contribution was to insist that when we say whole, this is what wholeness is.

Mission as transformation was able to tie together the whole gospel including gospel to the poor , the whole church which included communities of believers , and the kingdom of God which enabled us to recover the point that it is life, not just a message or beliefs. Implications of the Gospel for Social Action The heart of the debate was the nature of the gospel itself. Did the gospel have necessary implications for action in the social sphere?

The answer of mission as transformation was that it did. Developments over the last 20 years have drawn out the assumptions and implications of these statements and clarified their purpose. Everybody began to use the language of transformation — but why do they not get the concepts? Is it that the people who are uncertain about identifying the person and work of the Holy Spirit are more word-oriented and so still unwholistic?

The role of the Pentecostals in the development of mission as transformation should not be neglected. Early material on wholistic mission was produced by Rene Padilla, Samuel Escobar and their colleagues in the Latin American Theological Fraternity, where Pentecostals addressed the challenges of Liberation Theology and Marxist social analysis with their own Holy Spirit informed practice and experience of social and community change.

In developing and understanding transformation as our Christian 1 2. Samuel and C. Sugden eds , Mission as Transformation Oxford: Regnum, Our task is expressing discipleship and mission in relation to the tasks and challenges of ministry with and for the poor. Through communities we create the public good and attack evil systems. Elaborating on these three dimensions: Transformation is focused on persons: on reorienting their relationships and empowering their choices, to develop their character.

As we grow in personhood we become the place where Christ makes his dwelling in the Spirit. As we relate to people so that Christ may be formed in them, whether through adult literacy, or medical work, the Holy Spirit works through us for them. Such process takes place in communities in covenant relationships.

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This means that to be sustainable, transformational development needs to be related to the church. It is to be observed that development work is well accepted by evangelicals — who does not support some development or relief project? Such involvement. However all is not well. While World Vision has placed the role of the churches as central to its development strategy and engaged deliberately with churches, even this can be for the pragmatic reason that where the poor are, the church is and remains.

But many Christian and even evangelical development agencies are either critical of the church, or wish to remodel the church in their own image as centres of development, or see their own work as the essential addition to the work of churches to enable them to be wholistic. This poses the challenge to us — what is it about the very nature of discipleship and the Christian community that should of itself arise out of gospel resources and address all the deformation of sin expressed in the experience of poverty and injustice? The challenges in the next decade will be that campaigners against poverty and injustice will suggest that the church is inimical as an institution to addressing these issues: because of its stance among some on women in church leadership; because of its stance on the priority of marriage; because of its stance against what are seen as fundamental and absolute human rights in the area of sexuality.

Many evangelicals will therefore distance themselves from the institutional church and its message in order to play their role in the struggle for human rights against poverty and injustice. This will be to their own detriment, and also to the detriment of the church. It is that those who have accepted the form of the development of transformation have elided its concerns with the prevailing human rights agendas of secular society.

A general rooting of social concern in a non-specific appeal to the justice and love of God generally leads to elision with, and submersion by, a secular human rights agenda in the name of justice. Just as those who we confronted in the seventies had a false anthropology change the individual through the gospel and you change society , so those we confront today similarly have a false anthropology the human is constituted by a series of rights which emerge from the need to work for an equal and just society.

These rights are self-authenticating, universal and absolute. The church is to be evaluated and found wanting in relation to them. What we need to develop is a theology of human community, and therefore a theology of redeemed community in the church, rooted in the gospel foundations of the kingdom of God and the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Seen in the light of the Christian proclamation of transformation, the problem with the development and justice movement is that it is too narrow in its definition of injustice or human potential. To be carried off by an early or unjust death is a great injustice in view of the purposes of God. The church is entrusted with the news. It must challenge the development and justice movement about its truncated view of life. Much relief and development work ignores or avoids the issue of death.

In fact, the relief of natural disasters is embraced by agencies primarily with reference to caring for the survivors and trying to ensure that such a disaster does not happen again, which it often will. What answer has an aid agency to the mother who has lost three young children to hunger or disease, the person living with AIDS, the victim of famine?

This partial approach is seen most clearly in the responses to AIDS. There is little investment in terminal care. Investment is primarily in prevention and treatment at the early stage in richer countries. It is here that Christians raise a key concern and can give a major witness. So in the light of the resurrection, the scope of the secular concern in relief and development work is too narrow, its notion of injustice is too restricted. When we first saw her, she was thin, and almost unconscious.

We started on a feeding programme with soft fluids for her. She slowly got a bit stronger but had pains all over, having lain in bed for long, hungry and sick. When I finally got a doctor to see her, he advised us to feed her because that was all she required. She received Christ and developed a will to live which was not there before. We visited and had fellowship in her house on a Sunday.

The daughter by then had been given the fare to go to fetch the grandparents. She peacefully went to be with the Lord on Tuesday the following week. Base group members contributed to her burial and all felt the loss. We now have to think about the daughter. Introduction The mission agencies of the eighteenth and nineteenth century left Europe to the continent of Africa with a four fold mission strategy which included evangelism, education, health, and industrial training. This fourfold mission strategy was to preach the gospel and deal with the social evils of the continent at the time.

The mission of the church was practiced within this context and it yielded good results including producing the leadership for the churches in Africa. While this form of mission was ideal, it was identified with colonialism with its negative impacts of race, class, age, and gender issues that were not tackled by the church. These are the issues that holistic missions have to interrogate in order for the gospel to be holistic. In this chapter therefore, I will briefly look at the impact of the fourfold mission strategy, and then offer aspects of a holistic mission which will make the church in Africa an institution that is able to serve all its members in a holistic manner.

Ultimately mission remains indefinable as it should never be limited by our narrow confines. It focuses on the Christian church and the Christian community for whom Christ is the supreme revealer and the revelation of God. Through Christ, God invites all people to participate in this process to live out the liberating love and presence of God in our own contexts.

Historically the church has interpreted and been involved in the mission of God in different ways. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the churches of Europe and America were involved in what was understood as a fourfold mission. In the fourfold mission, agencies supported by the church sent out missionaries to do mission among people other than their own. Their mission policy and ideology in the fourfold mission was based on the understanding that the others did not know, thus they needed information and technology to be able to know.

It is in this context, for instance, that Bishop Tucker on his way to Uganda in passed through western Kenya and remarked that, Can nothing be done for Kavirondo?

If only Christians at home could see us, surrounded by swarms of these ignorant people, and unable to promise them teachers, they could surely have pity on us and them, and provide the men and means of this vast field and most blessed and Christ like work. Such kinds of observation and others similarly led the mission agencies to prepare for a fourfold mission. This mission strategy composed of evangelism, education, medical work and industrial training. Evangelism was aimed at conversion. One missionary observed that, Our aim, first and always, is the definite, positive salvation of the individual and coupled with this, to help these destitute people to become strong and self-reliant, and to cause them not to be satisfied with a coat of grease and clay or a filthy piece of skin, and to live in a miserable hut, swarming with vermin, but to long to be superior in every way to their present heathen condition.

While the mission was organised primarily to give the gospel to the African people those in charge soon felt that industrial work must be used as one of the means to this end. This is something that the missionaries themselves understood, and in order to realize it they prohibited what they found questionable in most traditional practices of the African people, be it in social life and or spiritual life. As well as evangelism, education was key in the mission of the church. The aim of education was two-fold. Firstly to teach the Africans to read the bible, and secondly to give basic skills of writing and doing simple arithmetic to give basic literacy and numeracy.

There were two levels of education such that the general education was for all to be readers of the bible especially, but elite education was along class and gender lines. Elite education was offered to sons 1 2. Edna H. For men, education meant going to work as a clerk in a colonial system. The women on the other hand were being trained to be good wives for educated men. Most women were taught in domestic work along the lines of home and family life.

Their education was not meant for outside employment but raising families, hence the stress of aspects of raising Christian families. Together with education, medical work was also part and parcel of mission for the mission agencies during this early period. Medical work also played a significant part in the establishment of mission work. Medical work was important initially for two reasons. Firstly, to challenge the traditional healers and their methods of doing medicine. This, for most missionaries at the time, was regarded as superstition. The native method of doctoring consists of certain ceremonies to appease evil spirits.

This may include the killing of an animal, tying pieces of flesh on the neck or wrists of the patient; or worse still, rubbing the vilest filth into the sore. As well as challenging the traditional healing methods, medical work became another contact place for evangelism. Writing about a mission hospital in Elisha Blackburn, serving as a Quaker missionary, observed that, Those who come for hospital treatment come in contact with Christian teaching and have opportunity to observe the lives of Christian people.

As we shall recall what an important part the healing of disease had in the ministry of our master and how often it was the precursor of the salvation of the recipient, we may be sure that medical service rendered to the people will be instrumental in winning some to Christianity. Through medical work, missionaries were able to learn about some of the practices of the African people and to challenge them, for instance about female circumcision. This was not an easy thing to confront, as it had deep roots in the patriarchal structures of most African societies and especially those that practiced it.

The other form of mission was through industrial training. It was to teach practical skills to the men in the communities in order to improve their lifestyle. Our mission is to identify and partner with Christ-centered servant-leaders in Haiti who are loving, teaching, training, and empowering the next generation for the rebuilding of a nation. A Stronger Cord's mission is unite isolated individuals with fitness-minded, dependable and productive Americans to sweat, bond and grow in a group workout. We work out, hang out and help out.

We're about better fitness, relationships and communities. We will be learning about God and His character as well as spending time in organizations throughout the community. The vision of Voice of the Martyrs Korea is for the North Korean church to become the catalyst for spiritual examination, repentance, and renewal in Asian and Western Christianity, with North Korean defectors serving among the leadership pillars. As artists, our goal is to aid in an outward expansion and growth of faith in Jesus Christ, starting in the arts community, and spreading across the entire country of Scotland!

To set individuals and couples free from: 1. Sins and curses of their ancestors and their own sins 2. Discover ungodly beliefs and establish Godly beliefs 3. Deliver from demonic oppression. We operate a youth hostel for tribal children from years of age in Thailand. We will help them get a good start with their education and have a safe, stable and Christian environment to grow up in. It is our purpose and goal to train men and women who have dedicated themselves to Jesus, equipping them with the word of God, furnishing them with knowledge as how to effectively minister to individuals and communities that they live with.

Food for Orphans supplies the funds to purchase food for orphans. Usually, food is purchased locally in their village, but sometimes we ship the food to the orphan project. We are currently feeding orphans in Asia, Africa, Central America. The vision of the Daniel 1 Leadership Project is to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated and hard-working with a love of country and tribal heritage.

Our mission is to equip, strengthen and encourage US veterans with the educational, emotional and spiritual resources to understand and overcome deployment related issues through personal reflective and group activities in a serene working ranch setting. Blue Mountain Ranch strives to bring campers the joy of childhood in a rich and education setting, to develop the love of the natural environment through outdoor experiences.

Funds that are raised are used to provide scholarships to deserving children. We desire to raise funds to support a ministry to the people of South Asia. Our goal is to bring the Great News of the Kingdom of God to the lost and to see their lives transformed through generational disciple making and church planting. To provide counseling and pastoral care to full-time Christan workers who do not have the financial means or availability of such care. Vocari awakens Christians as transformational leaders who bring the servant leadership principles and love of Jesus into their workplace.

Our goal? Inspire careers that make a difference to individuals, organizations, and the world. LifeWorks is a counseling ministry to set the captives free from life controlling issues such as homosexuality, sexual addictions, emotional bondages and other addictions. We believe the Truth of God's Word, through counsel, prayer and love. To partner with healthcare professionals to serve the unique family and to send newborns home in secure arms.

We support families to parent or place through adoption and empower women to make informed choices, connecting them to community resources. Emmaus Journey is a Catholic evangelistic and discipleship ministry that is conducted primarily in and through Catholic parishes. To unleash the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ through discipling and equipping vocational leaders and business owners operating missional enterprises. Our purpose is to help those in need. This project will help the homeless, people in our community who are struggling to make ends meet, and other organizations that are helping those in need.

We exist to show the love of Jesus in a tangible way! Helping aspiring African college students fulfill their educational goals so that they can make an impact on their world. Helping people start right Spark Hope aims to support and empower under-resourced communities In South Africa through providing sustainable, holistic educational solutions. To see the Kingdom of God advance to the ends of the earth by modeling Jesus' love. Our vision is to see men and women of peace follow Jesus in the context of their culture. Our desire is to disciple these men and women to maturity and encourage them.

The purpose of this group is to spread the word about how millions of Nigerians are being terrorized by Boko Haram, and help those in need there. To minister to Arab speaking peoples by giving them the Gospel of Jesus by: Preaching, teaching, evangelism, biblical counseling, planting new churches, encouraging believers, disciple making, mentoring, offering conferences around the world. At AffairRecovery. Often those in need don't have the funds to get help.

We're grateful Beth Moore has us helped spread the word. It was born out of a gatherin. We are a network of individuals who care about the plight of orphans and vulnerable children. Partnering with Kerus Global Education we provide life saving education, spiritual enrichment and practical services to transform their every day lives. A book for anyone who aspires to live and lead like Jesus in the workplace, the church, the mission field, or the world.

To put simple technology organic farming, livestock practices, water filtration, etc into the hands of the church planters, so that when they go out to plant churches they can become self sufficient. The Union exists to unite individual Believers with Jesus and to work toward unity in the Body of Christ. Nexus is a global network of local events, inviting reflection on our own life stories through encounters with the arts, sciences, and natural world.

We seek to cultivate a capacity for wonder and pay attention to our easily neglected inner lives. To provide organizational development to international NGOs and domestic charities that are providing humanitarian and religious ministry. Training for implementing impact evaluation methods along with strategies for expansion of charitable services. Our first responders risk their lives every day and this package can save their life and bring them home safe to their family. Providing for the physical, educational and spiritual needs of children and families in Ecuador.

Assisting in fundraising to advance ministries and organizations with a special emphasis on those who have little revenue for fundraising or fundraising strategies. Providing excellent worship and sermon resources for pastors and church leaders across the globe. The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services. We help residents of El Paso and Teller Counties with career transition, whether they are unemployed, underemployed, or employed. Our peace officers risk their lives every day and this package can save their life and bring them home safe to their family.

Pure Water Joy is a grassroots water aid organization based in western Tanzania, an area currently bereft of water projects. PWJ is led by a passionate Tanzanian driven to provide clean water to his peers and the greater rural Tanzanian community. Engaging men and women to be fully alive-in their hearts, their homes, their relationships, their ministries, their vocations and the culture.

This is the perfect place for imperfect parents to learn how to be the best parents and spouses we can, while growing in our faith to find true identity in Christ. No guilt or shame here, just real help. Nothing is off subject or taboo. Bring it on! Encouraging Churches, organizations and individuals to grow in their commitment to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Room 4 Hope is a Christian mission, which seeks to transform the lives of people from the prison system, homeless shelters and abuse facilities.

Our police officers risk their lives every day and this package can save an officer's life and bring them home safe to their family. There, hundreds of children—some as young as five or six years old—scrounged a. Creating a welcoming environment where international students at Cornell University can gather for hospitality and practical learning experiences to maximize one's God given potential to make a positive difference; both personally and globally.

Sam has a heart for students and wants to help them find Jesus Christ. He graduated from Emmaus Bible College in and has since been traveling all over the world speaking to students and young adults in churches, conferences and other venues. We provide low income youth, adults and faith-based communities with relevant economic development tools and training to help them thrive spiritually and economically. Serving DC and Beyond will train and develop people of influence in urban and international contexts to be effective servant leaders.

They mentor Georgia Tech students and others in their spiritual journey. Then they coach them to find their unique work in this world. The Communication Center serves to provide skilled, relevant, and creative communication of biblical truth through the speaking, writing, training, and consulting ministry of Tim and Joy Downs.

Creating a mobile application that will make stewarding gospel efforts instinctive, simple and reproducing. Wings of Hope Rescue home's vision is to rescue, support, and rehabilitate girls ages years who are pregnant, and in vulnerable, unsupported situations where they are facing rejection, and where the environment is harmful to them. Our purpose is to inspire, teach and equip parents to teach and train their children in the home to be disciples of Jesus Christ. We also visit orphanages and share God's love and truths through creative Bible lessons.

Education and the Arts- To involve young people in music, dance and theater for the enhancement of their lives. TCMF's mission is to promote the successful development of orphans and vulnerable children in Tanzania by filling the resource gap for local organizations while supporting development of long-term community-based solutions. Arrive Kenya - Bringing homeless and abandoned street children in Kenya to a safe home providing food, shelter, education and support.

Providing healing experiences to our police and first responders, military, missionaries, and pastors through nature, literature, speakers, camaraderie, and fellowship with their peers. Christian Multiply is giving individuals in North America direct access to the benefit of a proven approach that has previously only been available in foreign countries or through training in missions organizations and select churches. A Cross fit organization as a means to build relationships, create jobs, and serve the community.

East Oaks Studio is a vibrant group of visual artists whose passion is participating in the work of re-humanizing our world. We strive to nurture the next generation of visual art makers, to cultivate a generative influence the influence of beauty. Our mission is to equip, empower, and encourage discipleship in every sphere of society that embody people trying to love God, love one another, and love those who believe differently. Covering the Earth exists to see an indigenous movement of the Gospel of Christ among unreached peoples.

Is a Colorado group of interested and dedicated volunteers committed to expanding the current efforts of many organizations in Sterling to help those in need. Efforts include procuring a facility to help those who need shelter. The CFWLA serves any person seeking to better understand the intersection of their faith with their vocations and explore new and enriching ways that work, not only what matters to GOD, but is the primary vehicle by which the gospel shapes and influences. Sharing the Gospel, making disciples, planting churches, and catalyzing movements in order to see the world reached for Christ and to prepare for His return!

Constructing rental units as income generating activities to enable the self-sustenance of persons with disabilities in the Ishaka, Uganda community and providing accommodations to those who have been abandoned by their relatives and caretakers. Equipping college students to be fully engaged in knowing Christ and making him known from the platforms of influence God provides both on campus and in the marketplace. Please partner with us. Your contribution will help empower and encourage more teachers, inspired by the legacy of Rachel Dewey, to boldly pursue their calling and to make their unique mark in the lives of students around the world!

Modeling the love of Christ and caring in practical ways to children and their family through the provision of everyday needs, mentoring, trauma training and education support. Empowering children and their communities to flourish through holistic education development projects. Cedars Network is a nonprofit dedicated to educating and empowering marginalized communities to thrive. Elise is the teacher development overseer of the Middle East education project, helping launch and operate schools for Syrian refugee children!

Abundant Life Multiplied exists to help young adults discover their role in the Kingdom of God and prepare long-term missionaries to multiply an abundant life in Christ among the nations. Christian Endeavor exists to inspire, equip and encourage churches to Biblically develop youth as Christ-centered leaders in their youth group, church and beyond.

These Peace Officers, risk their lives every day and this package can save an officers life and bring them home safe to their family. Christian Endeavor exists to inspire, equip and encourage churches to Biblically develop youth as Christ-centered leaders. We coach youth leaders to treat their teens less like hippos consumers and more like honeybees coworkers. Join the Hive! Scholarships and leadership training for overcomers of extreme hardship from some of the poorest areas of the world.

The Last shall be Supporting grassroots efforts of local women and men who are helping orphaned, abused, and impoverished children in extreme hardship areas of the world. Encourage vision, offer hope, restore dignity for all in need! We are helping those in need to overcome their circumstances this includes: laundry, providing resources, case management, and relational support.

Unified, gospel-based leaders working for transformation in the diverse communities of the Sacramento region. These leaders provide ongoing leadership and encouragement for gospel movement in communities as well as in the spheres of cultural influence. Effectively partnering with Cuban Deaf Ministries to empower deaf and hard of hearing Cubans to grow in their faith and serve those in their community. We've established a fund called the "Get There Fund" for people who want to help MentorLink trainers get to another nation.

Charity organized and operating in Canada for the purpose of helping individuals accomplish their charitable objectives in religious, educational, scientific, benevolent and health related activities. Many Christians struggle because they have built a fence between their relationship with God and their life. The mission of Handling Life is to reach these individuals and I need your prayers, your feedback, and your financial support. Transforming lives and communities in the developing world through the gift of sight for body and soul. Empowering individuals and communities to flourish through holistic business development projects.

Heritage Prime academies focuses on providing quality education that is affordable and accessible to all children especially those in the most undeserved communities. Charity Air, helping charities accomplish their charitable purposes when private air travel is needed. Reaching the lost, equipping believers, mobilizing missionaries, multiplying disciples and new churches by The Bible Study Intensive project provides groups of 10 to 20 individuals with intensive study in the books of the Bible.

The objective is for participants to prepare for the study on their own. Then to meet together for days of solid Bible study. Our purpose is to know the Person of Jesus more intimately, to glorify God, and to serve Him in fulfilling the Great Commission by evangelizing the lost, establishing young believers in Christ, and equipping laborers to reach others.

Encouraging followers of Christ by assisting them in overcoming obstacles, with God's help, freeing them to help themselves and others. Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals. Our mission is to care for animals and protect them from stress and cruelty through rescue, community education and enforcement of animal welfare laws in Kenya. Because the world is desperate for a different kind of leader, we desire to develop trusted leaders of integrity and competence who lead with a developmental bias.

Working the harvest for the Lord in the Drome. For several years we have had a Protestant 'house church', totally self-funded. The flock is growing now, and our personal funds are not. No worries, just trust in God's provision! Project One Eight is committed to go to the ends of the earth and teach and train pastors and church leaders who have little or no access to theological training. Project One Eight partners with like-minded friends who are committed to helping others.

Why Support Shield ? Our first responders risk their lives every day and this package can save an officer's life and bring them home safe to their family. Please join us in protecting those who protect our community. We exist to facilitate, train, and mobilize others to live the abundant life by using their unique God-given gifts to love God, reflect the character of Jesus Christ, and positively impact their local community as they embrace a mission lifestyle. The Kingdom of Ordinary Priests is a network committed to the viral spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mission: Curate your heart. Experience God's fullness. Be transformed. Vision: Our Vision is to see ministry leaders and followers of Christ grow in the fullness of God, encounter Him, and be transformed more and more into His likeness. Reaching Out to Papua is a project with the purpose, mission and vision to ultimately bring God glory through working as an independent contractor along with Olson Island Ministries in Papua, Indonesia.

We provide marriage counseling and intensives for those in financial hardships and couples in full-time Christian ministry. Funding is donation based and tax-deductible. Power Over Porn exists to lead men to freedom in the area of pornography, shame and lust. Our proprietary system called POWER is centered on the Word of God and is intended to bring transformation by the renewing of the mind, to the glory of God. Our Vision is to see Arabs in the Holy Land coming to Christ and the church growing and influencing society. Taking the Grace message of the gospel to the Asia Pacific Region through out reaches and street ministry with a main focus on Hong Kong.

The Solid Oak Project seeks to meet the keenly felt need for better marriage by providing practical, biblical training in the essentials for a thriving marriage. They are issued body armor, but most local police forces do not have the budget to outfit all officers with armor needed. The Lyme Assistance Project is a charitable project and receives charitable donations from the general public to assist patients and their families.

Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week is an observance in the United States that pays tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty. Date: Wednesday, May 15, Our mission is to provide patients with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and similar diseases the support and resources they need. Bringing love, joy and hope to orphans, widows and the poor wherever we find them.

Helping those who are willing to be the hands and feet of Jesus to these that our hearts care for. We work primarily with ministries and missionaries in Nigeria, Uganda a. HISIG's purpose is to provide a game that enables cancer patients and others with chronic diseases to interact with the process of disease-defeat using a proven process referred to as guided imagery and alternative treatment.

Our mission is to join with God for the deeper transformation of souls given to Christian leaders of all kinds. Soul Care is delivered in the context of personal guided retreats and small group retreats. We must "be in" Christ before ministry "for" Him! They are issued body armor, but most local police forces do not have the budget to outfit all officers.

Please Help. Please join my support team as I am joining a team to climb Mt Elbrus and share the Gospel with the people of Russia through the Jesus Film. Proceeds will go to fund the trip cost, and remaining proceeds will be donated to the Jesus Film Project. Please join me in supporting the Shield cycling group as we bike across Colorado in September to support those who keep us safe. The ride, through the Rocky Mountains, will begin on the Wyoming border and end 4 days later in New Mexico. Connecting graduating seminary students facing education related debt with Chrisitan business people who have the desire to support those directly in ministry.

Our vision is to alleviate the financial burdens of seminary graduates. Wherewithal educates and provides awareness to marketplace leaders, emerging professionals, and other entrepreneurs as they seek connections, insight, resourcing, and advise. Sharing the Journeys of Generosity and supporting ministries that want to share the message to the ends of the world. Kerygma Consultants partners with local organizations and mentors speakers from marginalized language communities to develop language-based programs which address social disadvantage stemming from low levels of literacy and education.

The purpose of this project is to use God's resources to love others and be representatives of Jesus Christ in this world. Sonrisas exists to break the destructive cycle of poverty, to offer hope for at-risk families living in a problematic community. Enabling Guarari de Heredia to become a community of people transformed by the love of God.

I've ridden bikes since I was 6, teaching myself to ride on a Schwinn Stingray with a banana seat. Since I've really become a "cyclist", riding many of Colorado's classic events. Amoenitas assists teams with technologies and techniques to help identify, analyze and understand the key factors in their projects, programs, places and operations that can be optimized, reoriented or improved to balance, strengthen and sustain healthy s.

Building prosperity for Hill Tribe people groups by facilitating successful fair trade enterprises. Alternativ partners with communities to deliver high-impact business training and mentorship, equipping individuals to start small businesses and break the cycle of poverty. Email us at info alternativproject. E Ministry is a Christ-exalting mission that seeks to intentionally lead women into a closer relationship with Jesus.

Latvia Discipleship Training Mission Trip. July , Training Pastors and Leaders to create and lead Discipleship Groups that grow people and churches. Drought has hit East Africa for 3 years in a row. Some of our people in Karamoja are badly effected by Famine. Help if you can. We support Urunji Child-Care Trust, which supports quality education, proper nutrition, sound health and life-skills for the communities in Malawi. Helping the poorest of the poor, supporting at risk orphans, supporting pregnant and single parent moms who are in crisis, assisting the sharing of the transforming truth of God's love to the world, and reaching out to at risk families that are homeless.

TruLife Ministries seeks to serve individuals, married couples and the local church by providing one-on-one biblical discipleship counseling services, teaching, training and equipping opportunities. Will you help us reach the unreached? Connexus International was created to serve minority communities by promoting cultural understanding and holistic transformation. Serving projects as a virtual assistant under New Horizons Foundation so that they can spend more time on charitable work and activities. K2 is derived from the Greek words Kronos time and Kairos breaking-in. Offering addiction counseling, sober living sponsorship, emergency housing and vocational job training for the purpose of addiction recovery and rehabilitation of substance abuse in El Paso County.

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Center for Teacher Renewal by Donovan Graham The Center for Teacher Renewal is a non-profit, support-based ministry designed to enable Christian educators to experience the renewing grace of God for themselves and to enhance their professional abilities in ways that reveal that grace in the classroo.

Caring For Those Who Care by Alberta Wray We come alongside cross-cultural workers with spiritual and emotional care by encouraging, supporting, and lending a listening ear - a refueling stop, if you will, to help workers to continue moving forward in the calling God has placed on their lives.

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Fruit of Forgiveness Ministry by Dave Hill It is our goal to go beyond teaching what forgiveness is all about, to providing practical and life changing applications that will release people from the bondage of unforgiveness. House of Hope by Diane Herman This project was started as a way to reach those who are hungry and thirsty and to tell them about infinite hope that is found in Jesus Christ. Nepal Mission by Ruth Parajuli Nepal Mission exists to show the love of Jesus Christ by sharing the gospel and meeting the needs of the poor and disabled people of Nepal.

Covenant Care Chaplains by James Liebbe and Joel Patton Covenant Care Chaplains is dedicated to providing that presence through covenant relationships between Chaplains, Congregations and Care Facilities dedicated to providing spiritual care for the elderly living in or visiting long term care facilities.

Experience God Project by Greg and Alison Millikan Experience God Project's purpose is help people experience God more in everyday life through training, resources, encouragement and support. Harvest Project by Mark and Kami Weems. Christ Work Globally by Davidene Humphreys. Project by Lance and Stacy Humphreys. Compass Ministries by Cindy Duff Our mission is to provide emotional, social and spiritual support and encouragement to missionaries and their children at no cost to them. Men of Messiah Ministries by Chuck Deveau Men of Messiah ministry is humbly and wholeheartedly committed to our Messiah's mandate 'to make disciples of Jesus Christ' of all Christian converts Matthew Mission Hope by Mission Hope The Mission Hope is dedicated to sharing the love of Christ with spiritually lost and hopeless to give them a true meaning of life and a new hope.

Global Commerce Network by Glenn McMahan GCN serves business professionals around the world to help them rethink professional life through the lens of the Scriptures, to relate in "iron-sharpens-iron" friendships, and to renew the contexts in which we work. Emmaus Journey Ministry by Emmaus Journey Emmaus Journey works in partnership with the local parish to see non-practicing and occasional Catholics experience conversion to Christ, transformation in Christ, and mobilization for Christ as Catholic disciples and laborers.

Ohlin's Ministry in Cambodia by Ohlin's Ministry in Cambodia After living in Cambodia since January , our family has become acutely aware of the pain and difficulties that the many orphans face in this beautiful, yet poverty-stricken country. Breanna's House of Joy Orphanage by Bill Moritz This project is an outreach to orphaned hilltribe girls in Chiang Mai Thailand who are especially at risk for prostitution and the drug trade. Helping Hands, Alaska by Rob and Jeannie Bennett Rob and Jeannie Bennett serve in a village in the interior of Alaska looking for ways to share the love of Jesus to natives and non-natives alike as well as coming alongside other christian organizations using their skills and talents where needed.

Crown Financial - Brooks by Steve Brooks Equipping servant leaders in churches, businesses and non-profit organizations to teach God's financial principles so that people live by God's design in their finances, work and life to advance transformation. Eat Art by Eat Art Inc. Crown Financial - Rowekamp by Randy Rowekamp My passion is to help people become financially free and be able to serve the Lord in the way in which He designed them and planned for them. Discipleship Multiplication International by Discipleship Multiplication International God has given us the great opportunity to train people in over 10 countries this year among Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus.

Prayer Ministry Project by Vic Black. Global Life Campaign by Thomas Jacobson Lift up the standard of the Sanctity of Human Life among the nations by influencing leaders, speaking the Truth, and providing vital research, analysis, and resources, to preserve or restore laws protecting pre-born children and pregnant mothers. The Relief Initiative by Relief Initiative With your support, The Relief Initiative has the ability to provide health education, and hope through primary care, urgent care of minor illnesses and injuries, and laboratory and diagnostic services.

Godspeed by Julie Canlis Godspeed was filmed in Scotland, documenting how parish life can shape a pastor and vice versa. Fishnet Vision by Daniel and Jill Coyle Building relational communities that bring transformational change. Capernaum Project by Capernaum Project Change agents that advance health and education among the world's poor.

Women on the Move by Dee Anna Thompson Founded in , Women on the Move WOTM encourages and supports local women to grow and succeed in business by awarding a specialty scholarship to a deserving woman each year. Music for a Bright Tomorrow by Katie Mahan The Katie Mahan Foundation KMF "Music for a Bright Tomorrow" was created to present musical concerts and related events to promote classical music and inspire giving through music for educational and other humanitarian causes worldwide.

No Greater Agape by Dana Lyon Supporting individuals and other nonprofit organizations that embody integrity and unmatched character. New Siloam Ministries by Stephen Plog Jesus healed a man who had been blind since birth by telling him to go do something, wash in the Pool of Siloam. Transform Honduras by Jeff Hines Our mission is to transform the nation of Honduras, one community at a time.

Leadership Training Conferences by LTC Manager Equipping current and emerging leaders in Asia so these empowered leaders will be inspired and able to train and mentor the next generation. Partnerships for Training Pastors by David Jones Our vision is to encourage and equip under resourced Majority World pastors through Biblical teaching and resources. Dowdy Project by Cameron Dowdy The Dowdy Project is a Christ-centered organization dedicated to providing hope and help to those who are suffering from addiction.

Powers Partners by Eric Fellman Building relationships among world leaders to inspire them to help the poor and suffering. Sonflowerz Ministry by Rebecca Nicholson and Elissa Tipps Events, music production and other materials designed to equip and inspire women young and old with life-changing Biblical Truth. Say Yes Project by Monica Jones Our purpose is to assist parents who are caring for and adopting at risk children and orphans.

Together with Tanzania by Melanie Lindsay-Brisbin Engaging groups and individuals to promote health, safety and develop community in Tanzania, Africa. Refuge: Zimbabwe by Regina Chari Refuge exists to help better the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe. The Global Scholar by Bill Moritz Chris Stroup Our purpose is to connect current and past international students, who have studied at colleges and universities in the United States, forming an international community to share information, experiences, relationships and life together.

Team Zadeh by Reza Zadeh Propelling people and churches towards an eternal impact. Home Sweet Home Shanghai by Home Sweet Home Shanghai Giving loving care to homeless people, meeting their basic needs and providing life skill training. Royal Diadem Destinies by Carla Wellington Awakening the hearts of oppressed women and youth so they know and are fully equipped to start walking in their unique God-given giftings, passions, purpose and destiny. MentorLink International by Stacy Rinehart Mentorlink is a leader focused mentoring program multiplying leaders Throughout the world.

Acts twenty24 Ministry at West Point, NY by Austin Wilson We seek to follow Jesus by sharing Him with cadets and the West Point community so that we make disciples who make disciples and plant churches that reproduce churches in order to send them out to reach the world for Jesus until there's NoPlaceLeft! Global Leader Mentoring by David Boyd Addressing the plight of the abandoned and disenfranchised child by equipping and mentoring of leaders in the family, social sector and government.

Flights for Fallen Families by Hannah Donato Flights for Fallen Families is a project dedicated to financially assisting family members of fallen soldiers who pay to witness funerals, dignified transfers, or memorial services. Live the Light by Matthew and Audrey Pound It is our desire to see oprhans in families, the hungry fed, the naked clothed, sick well cared for, the poor equipped to support themselves and their families, the unschooled educated, and for all to know the love and hope that is in Jesus.

My New Day by Robert and Audrey Meisner To provide teaching and practical relationship tools to enrich families and individuals. The Jefferson Circle by David G. Seeds of Hope by Seeds of Hope To help individuals and families get what they need to survive and acquire a sense of personal well being and empowerment so they can in turn influence and change the lives of others around them. Faithful Heart Ministry by David and Shirley Callahan Thousands of hill tribe children are orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk of human trafficking. Pete Ohlin Project by Pete Ohlin Most of my time is spent performing at churches, hospitals, clinics, or conferences.

Praxis by Darryl Meekins Theological education, community development, leadership development and consulting. Christian Heritage Academy of Midwifery Inc. Praying Isaiah 61 by Catherine Mutheey To love our neighbor as our self and to care for the widows and orphans in Jesus name. New Hope by Don Stern and Harlan Hendy Missions to help with Bible studies, Mentoring classes, basketball ministry, evangelizing, children's classes, prayer meetings, worship services and much more to help advance the kingdom of God.

Inspired Living Foundation by Rosalie and Scott Webster Inspired Living Foundation's purpose is to inspire, encourage and minister to people in small and rural communities by hosting quality events not easily available due to their remote location.

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IdentityCraft by Erik Dixon We want to extend God's love, purpose, and truth to those pursuing growth spiritually, in leadership, through crisis, and other life goals and resolution. Haiti Insider Ministries by Doug and Nancy Stevens Our mission is to identify and partner with Christ-centered servant-leaders in Haiti who are loving, teaching, training, and empowering the next generation for the rebuilding of a nation. A Stronger Cord by Mark McIntosh A Stronger Cord's mission is unite isolated individuals with fitness-minded, dependable and productive Americans to sweat, bond and grow in a group workout.

Voice of the Martyrs Korea by Pastor Tim Dillmuth The vision of Voice of the Martyrs Korea is for the North Korean church to become the catalyst for spiritual examination, repentance, and renewal in Asian and Western Christianity, with North Korean defectors serving among the leadership pillars. Tending The Thistle by David and Miranda Storer As artists, our goal is to aid in an outward expansion and growth of faith in Jesus Christ, starting in the arts community, and spreading across the entire country of Scotland!

The Sower House by Chatchai Sakunaniwet We operate a youth hostel for tribal children from years of age in Thailand. Light Africa Ministries by John Eshelman It is our purpose and goal to train men and women who have dedicated themselves to Jesus, equipping them with the word of God, furnishing them with knowledge as how to effectively minister to individuals and communities that they live with.

The Daniel 1 Leadership Project by Bill Moritz The vision of the Daniel 1 Leadership Project is to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated and hard-working with a love of country and tribal heritage.

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