Lasting Change Through Hope and Transformation

Lasting Change Through Hope and Transformation

Keith Holloway – September 24, 2012

For over forty years this ministry has been caring for the poor and sharing the love of Christ with thousands of people around the world. We are delighted to share with you some of the ways in which your support is being used to touch lives with the hope and message of Christ. Thank you!

Community Ministry

Lasting Gospel Impact Through Community Development

Most of us believe the strongest witness of God’s power on earth is a transformed life. But what about the transformation of an entire community? That’s the mission—and the growing global testimony—of World Poverty Solutions. Community ministry equips and empowers churches worldwide to combat wholistic poverty and other problems in their communities by using Christ-centered educational strategies that identify local challenges and utilize local resources to achieve positive, sustainable change.

From its inception, World Poverty Solutions has committed to reaching individuals trapped in poverty of body, mind and soul. Community ministry expands that reach to a community-wide scale. Operating in ten countries on three continents, we train pastors, church teams and community members in areas of local assets that range from health to education to vocational skills. Churches in turn train community members and leaders—improving community life with powerful gospel impact.

Cambodia

Better Lives Through Better Health

Cambodia has one of the highest malnutrition rates in all of Asia. Community ministry training helps church teams introduce their neighbors to local resources that can combat poverty. One example is the moringa tree, whose benefits were previously unknown in the community. With seven times the Vitamin C of an orange and four times the calcium of milk, this locally grown resource is literally saving lives. In every home where health lessons are taught, church volunteers also share the good news of Christ—an impact being made in half of Cambodia’s provinces.

Moringa trees

Moringa trees—a great source of Vitamin C and calcium

Uganda

Changing the Poverty Mindset

In 2007, national church leaders in Uganda requested a variety of aid from World Poverty Solutions based on their perceived needs. After a community ministry presentation, the leaders reassessed their needs and determined that education was their top priority. Church volunteers now train the community to participate together to diminish poverty. Some 55 churches in seven districts participate in the program—with a gospel impact on nearly 50,000 lives.

Training in Uganda

Training in Uganda

Bangladesh

Entryway into Muslim Communities

With nearly half of Bangladesh’s population of 158 million illiterate, community ministry has supported a variety of local works, including four “compassion schools” in slum areas. Over 600 students from predominantly Muslim families have been impacted directly. Teachers at the schools, which are openly Christian, have built relationships with these families to address issues such as hygiene and sanitation, micro-financing and vocational skills. They also encourage literacy and empowerment of women, who suffer extreme repression under the restrictive culture. Churches’ works of combating poverty have helped to overcome social stigmas, religious barriers and economic challenges, and many people have decided to follow Christ.

Boy praying at a school in Bangladesh

A boy praying at a school in Bangladesh

Laos + Myanmar

Breaking Through Restrictive Barriers

Since 2008, World Poverty Solutions has partnered with local churches and foreign organizations to bring helpful practices to poor communities in these severely restricted countries. Animal husbandry, fish farms, latrine-building and provision of clean water have encouraged struggling families by improving their health and helping their economy. This practical application of “love thy neighbor” is making the church very relevant in communities, empowering believers, and fulfilling Christ’s commission to make disciples who obey all that Jesus taught. Local leaders are setting up training for the underground church, a network of over 1,000 congregations.

Rice fields in Laos

Rice fields in Laos

El Salvador

Spiritual Strategies for Cultural Change

Community ministry is helping to restore communities ravaged by poverty in El Salvador. With training in ownership and responsibility, communities are improving their general condition—and the church is seen as a leading light toward permanent change in a most difficult region.

“In seminary I was taught how to pastor a church. With community ministry I have learned how to pastor an entire community.” —El Salvadoran pastor

Philippines

Joining Hands to Bring About Change

In Canlanipa, a local church works alongside community leaders on several projects to bring lasting change. This cooperative effort trains and empowers the local people to take responsibility for their lives, using available resources that result in improved education, health and sanitary conditions. Bible studies and prayer time are also offered, and the community is learning in practical ways that God cares deeply about their daily needs. Seeing such positive impacts from the church, even local government officials have embraced and promote this wholistic ministry.

Haiti

Sustainable Ministry through Disaster

Since the devastating earthquake in 2010, community ministry has not missed a beat, using local resources to maximize aid to people still impacted by the disaster. Even mud has become a blessing, used for making efficient stoves that require less wood, which helps to decrease deforestation. The result is improved health, better living conditions as well as many salvations. World Poverty Solutions supports this program in 32 communities, with 16 additional trainers poised to reach new areas in coming months.

New Opportunities

Afghanistan
War torn and windswept, this country has a limited window of opportunity for community ministry impact. World Poverty Solutions is prayerfully evaluating a cooperative effort with local partners to bring training to specific areas of need.

Ethiopia
In 2011, World Poverty Solutions responded to a famine by providing short-term, specific disaster aid. Now we are responding to a different kind of famine—a lack of understanding God’s Word—felt by many churches. Community ministry provides training to hungry pastors and church members who desire to see God move in their communities through practical help and spiritual change. In addition, there is a window of opportunity as suffering Sudanese refugees spill over Ethiopia’s borders.

How You Can Help

With your partnership, World Poverty Solutions is able to empower thousands of local churches worldwide as they help transform their communities with the gospel. If you are led to participate in this ministry by providing financial support, please click DONATE at the top of the page, or you can write a check payable to World Poverty Solutions and mail it to us.