Much of the developing world is caught in a vicious cycle that keeps communities rooted in poverty and closed off to Christ.
The majority of families are often involved in small-scale agriculture, animal-rearing, and business. We find that the problem families face is not the lack of resources but the lack of practical knowledge required to prosper in these sectors.
Additionally, the rates of poverty and child mortality are much higher than necessary throughout Africa and the developing world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 1 out of 13 children die before their 5th birthday. This is fifteen times higher than the risk for children born in the Western World.
We have found that knowledge is power and poverty is mindset.
Education is the key to building up prosperous families by laying out practical, sustainable methods to meet their needs.
We have seen that for each school started, we are able to bring 334 families out of poverty and save the lives of 60 children from premature death.
The center of this impact is Jesus Christ. Every single community development course is focused on biblical truths and principles and stresses the role of the church in the development of the community.
As believers are taught how to improve their lives, establishing new cycles of prosperity, their enthusiasm spreads. They are empowered to share the Gospel because they can now meet practical needs and show Jesus’s love like never before. This opens doors to share God’s Word with people who were never willing to listen before.
“Hunger and starvation have reduced in my community because there is abundant food in every season of the year. Sicknesses due to malnutrition are no longer existent in our church because we have gone around teaching the residents on the best methods for growing healthy crops.”
“Many more people are being won over for Jesus because our community development courses have given us an opening to speak to them. Now that I am involved in activities such as treating sick animals and giving counsel on effective farming, I am able to preach the Gospel to people who refused to listen before. My community has learned to trust Christians like never before because we are involved in their lives and helping the development of our community.”