Leadership Development

Think of the Marshall Plan to develop Europe after World War II and the billions of aid that goes to Africa every year. They both sought growth and development by giving loans, but one was a huge success and the other has been an abysmal failure. Why? Studying the differences between these two situations gives deep insight into the core needs of modern-day Africa. So what sets these situations apart? Before WWII, Europeans already had bridges and skyscrapers, engineers and mechanics. They had already lived in the world they were trying to rebuild. On the other hand, ...

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Library Biblioteca Beireano

We regularly meet with several local pastors and ministry partners to brainstorm ideas for how we can reach our city for Christ more effectively and help disciple people to go deeper in their faith. In one such meeting, one partner shared his story of how the first church he attended as a new believer had a pastor who was illiterate. The sermons were shallow, and left more questions than answers in this young man’s mind. Thankfully, he was invited to a missionary’s home and told he could borrow books to go deeper, grow spiritually, and learn the Bible. As a result ...

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Restoring Hope Sewing School

Classic charity seeks to help people, generally through handouts. Classic business seeks to fill a niche in the market and make a profit. But what if these ideas are combined? Social entrepreneurship seeks to help people--not with humbling handouts, but through empowering, profit-generating business ideas and training for the people who need it most. We latched onto this philosophy and opened up a sewing school for widows and single mothers who struggle to provide for themselves and their families. Rather than handing them food or money, we train them in a skill that ...

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