Educate

Raise awareness about all issues related to poverty and present people with ways to affect change through holistic ministry approaches.

As followers of Christ, we cannot pick and choose what we want from the Bible. We must accept all of God’s word as truth and that it expresses the heart of God. Since there are over 2,000 verses that deal with poverty and injustice of people in the Old and New Testament, we must acknowledge that Christ’s heart bleeds for the poor and oppressed. Jesus spent much of his ministry on earth teaching on the subject and helping those in need – it is who He is and it is who we must be if we follow Christ.

Our goal at E4 is to chase after the heart of God and the redemptive plan that he has for all people. This includes reaching out to people worldwide who are physically, spiritually and emotionally poor. We strive to understand and respect the circumstances of each individual community in which we work. We partner with national churches and faith organizations that are already working within their own communities. They know the specific needs of their people, as well as the abilities, assets and resources of their local community.

 ”God cannot lead you on the basis of information you do not have” — Ralph Winter, missiologist

Our partnerships are focused on people and relationships. We strive to connect people who can help each other. We believe that relationships are key in transforming communities and they are what Christ wants us to focus on.

Each community we work in will have different projects and outcomes. However, the importance of relationships, with God and others will always be our focus. Our goal? To find opportunities where Christ can work through us to meet the potential that each community has when people work together for positive change.

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.

At the same time, we believe that E4 has much to learn. We want to learn from our partners in every way possible. We have learned from experience that communities can only be effectively changed through local leadership. We stand behind our partners, and work to support them as we match up skills, resources and ideas to work together for their communities.

We believe that education is the foundation for the E4 process. With core knowledge and understanding, individuals involved in E4 are ready to engage with one another to take the next steps.

“Successful poverty alleviation is about walking with people in such a way that both they and we experience Christ’s reconciliation of our relationship with God, self, others and creation. In this perspective, poverty alleviation becomes less about money and more about building relationships. It becomes less about products and more about the processes pursued. It becomes less about doing something to them and more about being with them. All of this takes more time than most of us are willing to spend and requires a far more nuanced use of money than is commonly understood by the churches.” – The Chalmers Center for Economic Development.

Did you know:

  • Almost half the world – over three billion people – live on less than $2.50 a day
  • According to Unicef, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world
  • Based on enrollment data, about 72 million children of primary school age in the developing world were not in school in 2005
  • Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names
  • 15 million children are orphaned due to HIV/AIDS
  • Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation
  • Some 1.8 million children die each year as a result of diarrhea
  • 1.4 million children die each year from lack of access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation

*from http://www.globalissues.org