Our daily life is influenced by the way we understand heaven and God’s kingdom. In this interview, Beth Allen shares insight gained from reading Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright. Beth applies an understanding of the new heaven and new earth to cross-cultural work, the local church, and Christians’ circles of influence.
Alisa Schmitz answers questions about church partnerships. When a church in the U.S. partners with a community in the developing world, life change occurs on both sides of the relationship. The overseas community can be released from poverty, and the U.S. church can also learn and grow. Ultimately, church partnerships exist to bring about the Kingdom of God.
In this episode…
- The goal of long-term church partnerships
- Preparation for short-term mission trips and ongoing relationships (Matthew 10:9-10)
- Honoring the people we are serving (Ruth 2:15-16)
- Keys to ongoing, vibrant relationships
Learn more about Community-2-Community partnerships – long-term relationships between American churches and communities in the developing world.
Alisa Schmitz is Senior Director of Global Engagement at Food for the Hungry.
This episode is the first in a series called “Laying the Foundation,” an update on the introductory episodes of Poverty Unlocked.
Poverty started in Genesis. It was solved by the Christ’s work on our behalf. Because of Christ’s work, poverty can be overcome today, and it will be completely solved when God brings about a new heaven and earth. Understanding the Biblical story of poverty helps us to understand how Christians should respond to injustice and worldwide needs.
Read Walking with the Poor by Bryant Myers to learn more about these foundational concepts.
Ideas for getting past selfishness and self-absorption with our children.
God wants His people to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with (their) God.” (Micah 6:8) These principles are the opposite of our culture’s reality, where value is placed on possessions and exalting oneself. This episode offers principles and practical ideas for training up children with God’s heart for the poor.
Four simple tools that facilitate holistic development.
This episode features four tools to facilitate holistic development. These approaches are practical methods based on the foundational material from previous episodes. They can be used on a daily basis anywhere from villages in Peru to housing projects in Chicago.
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