I. Our view of the Good News of Jesus:
Proclamation of the Lordship of Christ and social involvement are inseparable.
- They are more than parallel goals, rather integral parts of the same message.
- Social action without the empowerment and guidance of the Holy Spirit is unsustainable and/or self-serving.
- Economic development without Kingdom values leads to capitalist greed.
- A call to Christ that doesn’t include a call to service misrepresents Jesus’s fundamental message of Agape love.
- Good works are not bait to lure people into hearing a message of salvation.
We serve others, empowered by the spirit of Christ, so that they too might be empowered to serve others.
II. Our Development Approach:
Our role is to help people solve their own problems:
- By teaching a process of learning, not a set of technologies.
- By connecting communities with resources they would not otherwise have access to.
- By building the capacity of local organizations and partners rather than establishing our own projects.
III. Our Global Perspective:
Local solutions and global action are both critical elements in bringing justice to the poor.
- Empowerment of individuals and local communities is the most fundamental way of transforming unjust economic and political structures.
- Without a supportive national political and economic infrastructure, farmer knowledge and/or innovative technologies will often lead to frustration.
- Unjust global political and economic structures limit the social and economic well-being of the poor, and must be addressed by Christians working for Kingdom change.