18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;
he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those that are broken, 19 to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord"
Relationship building is key to community development.
Broken relationships is the root cause of poverty. It prevents access to education, resources, equal rights, and above all, social relationships that can aid them in need.
Forming a relationship with God through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ breaks the yoke of poverty. A right relationship with God opens the door for people to grow in a God-centered relationship and form genuine relationships with individuals, families, and surrounding communities. By flourishing in relationships with God and others, they can gradually dismantle the poverty cycle and experience productive and flourishing lives, not only for themselves but for their future generations.
One village in the Benin Republic experienced the transformative power of the Gospel. They worshipped idols and were at constant war with surrounding tribes. No one came to their village and they felt cut off from society. When "Jesus came in, peace came in", said one of the village leaders. Since then, God has been at work and they very active in their spiritual and community growth.
Building from inside out
We pray with communities to assist them with both natural and spiritual needs. We help them identify problems, find manageable solutions from within their communities, and mobilize inside and outside resources as a supplement to solutions. Above all, we seek opportunities to share the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. His truth and power bring hope and healing to the nations.