At E4, we believe the initial step is education. Fundamentally, change begins with knowledge that influences the heart, and this is where change starts to occur. We want to raise awareness about the issues of poverty. We want to encourage people to play a part in God’s plan to take care of those in need. Then, we connect these people to each other and form partnerships where we can all work together to transform communities for Christ around the world.
We strive to build servant minded relationships with people who are already serving and working in their own communities to the glory of Christ and his kingdom to come. This is where our engage piece comes in. It is our goal at E4 to be connectors of people from both the west and the developing world. We create partnerships and relationships with like-minded people who are striving for the same positive change in communities. Each of us has a role to play in the efforts to alleviate poverty, and it is best done together in relationship with local church leaders and organizations.
At E4, we believe that the local church and community leaders must take the lead in all projects. We are there to come alongside them to help equip them with resources, knowledge and additional labor through sending short-term teams. By doing this, we can supplement their long-term programs and projects and be an example to the world of how the members of the body of Christ serve each other. We base this off of Ephesians 4:12, “to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up”.
Our ultimate goal is to empower our local ministry partners. We walk with the local faith leaders in a community through a process that will create a sustainable and physical benefit to the people. Through this process, we also establish relationships that empower the local people to work together for the good of their own community. Our hope is that our local ministry partners will replicate this process in other parts of their country and the world.
Raise awareness about all issues related to poverty and present people with ways to effect change through holistic ministry approaches.
Connect leaders throughout the world to defend the cause of the poor and needy. We can serve God and others more effectively together than we can on our own.
Bridge the gap between available resources (people, financial and technological) with the needs of impoverished communities.
Our ultimate goal is to help our local ministry partners create sustainable solutions, and to see them replicate the E4 process in other impoverished nations.