With (alongside) the oppressed
Things are not alright. But with Jesus and with each other we believe we can change the future.
When we say “with” we mean a posture of coming alongside. This approach is one of the things that makes us unique. Many organizations find efficiency in streamlining what they do. What we do cannot be packaged. Integrated community transformation requires paying attention to unique factors in every context. Even cultural aspects vary considerably from one family, one community to another. Coming alongside people allows us to build strong relationships in communities and to help create trust between people who need to work together for lasting change.
We passionately believe that communities and even the oppressed within them have resources that can contribute to transformation. Sometimes collaborators and catalysts are needed to connect and unleash those resources to the benefit of all. We bring people together to help the oppressed. That’s our mission. We don’t care who gets the credit because, for us, Jesus is at the heart of transforming lives and communities. He’s just invited us to join with him in his powerful work.
We bring friendship, expertise and a fresh perspective to communities so that together we’ll witness the transformation only Jesus can create. We walk with organizations, churches, schools, businesses and individuals to empower and connect them so that it can be said of every community that no one is invisible and everyone has access to food, freedom, and forgiveness.
Some needs-based approaches to impacting impoverished or oppressed communities jump quickly to using outside resources as a promise for rapid change. However, too often long-term sustainability suffers when rapid changes imported from the outside aren’t fully accepted by the community.
Additionally, sidestepping the community to import outside solutions can have very detrimental side effects. An asset-based approach to working alongside local pastors, community leaders, entrepreneurs, and key influencers is fundamentally different. When we help empower their dreams and affirm their vital contributions, we can help shape self-perceptions and highlight the God-given dignity needed for deep and lasting change.
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INTEGRATED COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION
When we enter a community, we seek to relate to and understand the community through the eyes of Jesus. This includes pre-training and ongoing on-field research.
EVALUATE and ENGAGE
We repeat a collaborative cycle that aims to work alongside others in the community to identify and assess both needs and resources. Alongside the community, we encourage initiatives guided by a strategy and help implement them.
As transformation takes hold in a community our role changes. We avoid creating unhealthy dependencies and focus on what Jesus is doing within the community. This typically leads to expansion as transformation impacts surrounding communities.