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.
Our ultimate goal is to be Christ-like in all that we do and partner with others who have this view. We want to make ourselves servants to others, always putting others before ourselves. How do we do this in another culture? Through building 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.
“Each Christian has a unique set of gifts, callings and responsibilities that influence the scope and manner in which to fulfill the biblical mandate to help the poor”.1
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 partnership with local church leaders and organizations.
Relationships take time, and this can slow down the process for projects. However, without having first established relationships, commitment and buy-in from the community we are working with, nothing will have lasting impact. A project must have leadership and involvement at all levels from the local people. Fortunately, with our first project, PK27, relationships have been well established, which is foundational to our approach. With mature relationships established, we work together to then equip one another in service.
Philippians 2:5-7 – “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
1Steve Corbett, and Brian Fikkert, When Helping Hurts. How to Allieviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself (Moody Publishers, 2009) p. 14