Our ultimate goal is to help our Indigenous Ministry Partners create sustainable solutions, and see them replicate the E4 process in other impoverished nations.
“From participation to empowerment – if the development story belongs to the community, then local participation is demanded as an acknowledgement of this fact. If poverty is in part a reflection of the marred identity of the poor, then participation is essential to any effort to restore their identity. If we agree that there are already resources within the community, then participation is the logical means by which this knowledge can be discovered and can become part of the development process. If we have the humility to know that we do not know enough to do someone else’s development for them, then seeking local participation is the only safeguard against our doing unwitting damage. By any measure, local participation is a critical success factor for transformational development.”1
This is our end goal at E4. We walk with the local 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 prayer is twofold. At the end of a project in which we have partnered together, we pray that the national church and faith based organization leaders can take the E4 process and use it again in another community within their area and outward to other cities. We also pray that by becoming “Christ-like” and serving others within their own neighborhoods, we will ultimately help people find Jesus.
“Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.” – Oswald J. Smith”
Let my heart be broken with the things that break God’s heart” — Bob Pierce, World Vision founder
1Bryant L. Meyers, Walking with the Poor, Principles and Practices of Transformational Development Orbis Books, 1999, p. 147