WHRI Development Philosophy

I.  Our view of the Good News of Jesus: 

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Baptism in a windmill tank in Bolivia.   Photo: Terry Waller

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: 

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Experimenting with sustainable rice management in Haiti

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.

    The McLennan Co. Summer Meals Summit co-organized by WHRI

    The McLennan Co. Summer Meals Summit,  co-organized by WHRI

  • 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.

 

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