We believe that poverty isn’t just a lack of material things
We believe poverty is rooted in broken relationships with God, self, others, and the rest of creation.
While the symptoms of material poverty – a lack of food, clothing, or shelter – look very similar, different types of poverty actually require very different forms of poverty alleviation.
The poor are poor largely because they live in networks of relationships that do not work for their well-being. Their relationships with others are often oppressive and disempowering as a result of the non-poor “playing god” in their lives.
Poverty lies to the poor by telling them that they are god-forsaken.
It perverts identity, destroys dignity, hides one’s true vocation
and steals the ability to dream, stripping away all hope.
The twin goals of transformation are changed people and just and peaceful relationships.
Changed people are those who have discovered their true identity as children of God who are made in the Image of God — and their true vocation as faithful and productive stewards of creation working for the well-being of all.
Our approach involves both the proclamation and demonstration of the gospel.
Our projects are envisioned and implemented by a team of local men and women who empower and drive the community to take a leadership role in “being the change.”
Transformational Development seeks positive change in the whole of human life materially, relationally, and spiritually.
Our work requires a three-step process.
We empower local leaders to identify local giants and equip them with comprehensive and sustainable solutions.
EMPOWER LOCAL LEADERS
Our projects are envisioned and implemented by a team of local men and women who empower and drive the community to take a leadership role in “being the change.” We believe for long-term impact to be possible we must empower local to leaders to identify capabilities and vulnerabilities in their own communities.
IDENTIFY LOCAL GIANTS
Our process seeks to empower local leaders to fight poverty in their communities. Because of this, we have chosen to focus on “going deep” within the communities we work. Our knowledge of the problems caused by poverty guide how we respond. We believe poverty and injustice manifest in the communities we serve in five primary ways.
EQUIP WITH COMPREHENSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS
Through relationships, we are pursuing God’s goal to restore humanity’s original identity and purpose, as children reflecting God’s image. Jointly, we reclaiming our original vocation as productive stewards, living together in just and peaceful relationships. By integrating discipleship and development we are cultivating flourishing communities.