Bridge the gap between available resources (people, financial and technological) with the needs of impoverished communities.
Once we have built relationships within a community, together we can assess the needs that the community leaders believe exist. We look to these leaders to determine what assets and resources the community has, and what abilities are within their own environment. Many people will volunteer their time and abilities to projects associated with their church or community. Also, local people can be hired to work on projects, instead of bringing in outsiders.
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 the 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 also know that lack of funding is often the reason great ideas cannot be put into place. We fund projects started by the national church or other local faith based organizations that meet our aforementioned criteria.
We want to encourage people in both the West and the developing world to offer their talents and resources to further the work of God’s Kingdom. In partnership, we can serve together to better communities.
“Someone once said, “God does not call the equipped, he equips the called” Saying that we are not clever enough, good enough, or talented enough to serve God is just making excuses. All of us have something God can use…The question is whether we will offer whatever we have to His service”.1
1Richard Stearns, The Hole in Our Gospel World Vision Inc, 2009. p.91
2 Corinthians 8:13-15
“Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.”