The Local Church Can Change the World
By partnering with the local church, you’re transforming lives and helping people lift themselves out of poverty.
Across the world, the local church has the potential to radically transform the lives of the poor – spiritually, economically, socially, and emotionally.
The church is God’s primary way of continuing his mission of restoring relationships – between people and God, people and themselves, and people the wider creation. It’s this restoration that is key to overcoming poverty.
Following Jesus where the need is greatest, we empower, train and support local churches in Africa and Asia to help their communities escape the very worst effects of poverty and disaster. Every person bares the image of God and has unique skills, abilities and ideas. We come alongside the poor to help identify and utilize the God-given resources they have to help them achieve full restoration and lasting change.
How it Works
Stage 1: Awakening the Church
Churches are trained and understand their biblical mandate for holistic restoration – to care for the physical, spiritual and social needs of all God’s people and creation. They mobilize their members and resources for holistic ministry.
Stage 2: Church Mobilizing With Community
Churches work with their community – acting as a leader – to help people escape poverty in all its forms. Communities are mentored in relevant topics, such as prayer, group formation, empowerment, conservation agriculture, gardening, savings and loans and other subjects. Churches and communities understand their situation and have the motivation and options to transform it positively.
Stage 3: Church & Community Transformation
Churches are mobilized to serve their families and communities holistically. People find economic, spiritual, and social restoration.
An Abundance of Hope
Before the local church stepped in Ukume Boltana’s life looked bleak. After her husband died, his family cast her out with no inheritance, not a penny to her name. With unpredictable work, she struggled to feed and provide for her son over the last two decades. Even paying the 50 birr ($2.30) rent for a one room house became difficult.
The only asset she owned was a 6 x 20 metre plot she had bought many years ago. She had never thought to construct a house on it. It seemed utterly impossible.
But through a Tearfund church-based community initiative called the Nehemiah project, a local church was awaked and visited this poor women living in the community. In response to the Biblical mandate to care for widows and orphans (James 1:27) they saw her living condition and supported her with grain, edible oil, and cash. Moreover, they promised to build her a house for free.
“While I’m not a member of their church, they came to help looking at my problem,” said Ukume. “I am now able to continue supporting my son and there is a possibility he might join a university preparatory class in the next year. I now have good relationships with many of the people at the church. I am not now a broke person, rather I am a woman with abundance of hope. Thanks to God and what He is doing through Tearfund and the Abela Faracho Kale Hewet Church.”
Our God is a God of restoration and he is truly using the local church across the world to restore lives.