The story of the Mennonite colonists who settled in a harsh region of Paraguay powerfully demonstrates how God enables humans to use their own imagination, courage, and hard work to transform desolation into abundance.
Justice and Poverty
Jesus sent us to “make disciples of all nations.” But our track record suggests we are, rather, seeking to “win as many converts as you can.” The results? A superficial Christianity and nations increasingly broken rather than discipled. In this … Continued
The Forest in the Seed (also a DNA book) is a powerful teaching that helps people see beyond the closed-system economic mentality of materialistic cultures. It offers a biblical perspective on resources and development. Download this PowerPoint presentation and customize … Continued
The Old Testament story of Ruth shows how the dignity of work is a powerful solution to poverty. This ancient historical account demonstrates that poverty is driven by cultural lies, including the lie that work is a curse.
The Development Ethic was written in 1988 and was published as chapter six in the book Christian Relief and Development: Developing Workers for Effective Ministry, edited by Edgar J. Elliston (Word, Incorporated, 1989). This paper later provided the outline for … Continued
Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson launched his War on Poverty, we have little if any progress to show for it. In fact, some would say poverty has been exacerbated. Why? We have acted as if poverty were caused by … Continued
¿Cómo podemos impartir a los niños una cosmovisión bíblica para que ellos puedan tener éxito? ¿Cómo podemos equipar a los niños para que crezcan fuertes y realmente prosperen y tengan éxito en este mundo? Debemos impartir a nuestros niños un entendimiento … Continued
A growing percentage of the world’s population is children under age 25. Children are aborted, abused and abandoned. They are undervalued and often despised. The thing that is most obvious is the behavior of adults, parents and societies toward children. … Continued
Many Christians rightly care about social justice—feeding the poor, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, and seeking justice in the public square—and the Bible provides a framework, or worldview, through which we must do this work of service.