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October 28, 2009

Small Loans can Lead to Big Success in West Africa

Filed under: Business as Mission,Changing Lives,Liberia,West Africa — Tags: , — TimMc @ 6:59 pm

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One of the ways that Purposeful Africa is hoping to make a positive impact throughout West Africa is to expose specific needs to people on board our ship who are traveling with us who in turn can provide direct methods for taking care of those needs. One effective way for this to take place is through the use of micro-loans.

As an example of how successful this type of program can be, we found a great example of this happening in Liberia (a country we are scheduled to visit in the fall of 2010). Please visit the Business as Mission Network Website and read the great article entitled “Small-Small Things Make a Big Difference.”

This is just an example of many ways that those people who journey with us to West Africa will be able to make an impact on the poverty that ensnares the multitudes living there. If you are interested in joining Purposeful Africa in the fall of 2010 and being exposed to the many needs there, please feel free to email our founder, Rhonda Sand at Rhonda@PurposefulAfrica.org.

October 26, 2009

Love Thy Neighbor is Not a Piece of Advice

Filed under: Changing Lives,Missions,Uncategorized,West Africa — Tags: — TimMc @ 4:19 pm

“It is a command.” Paul Hewson (Bono, lead singer for U2).

Bono is at times a polarizing figure for some people, however, I think he has hit the nail on the head in this speech. Please watch and listen to what he has to say about human rights in Africa.

If you are interested in seeing firsthand how you can make a difference in West Africa personally or through your business, please contact us here at Purposeful Africa about joining us on our journey in the fall of 2010. We are anxious to get there and expose people just like you to the needs that are so prevalent throughout West Africa.

As Bono said, “We can be the generation that ends extreme poverty.”

October 19, 2009

Finishers Forum was a Success

Filed under: Missions,Partners,Prayer Requests — Tags: , — TimMc @ 5:03 pm

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Purposeful Africa’s time at the Finishers Forum in Ft. Collins, CO was such a blessing to us. Check out the picture of our booth! We’re very pleased with the way it looks. There were some great break-out sessions that centered around helping people prepare to do missions and there were at least 4 to 6 topics to choose from for those sessions. We were able to connect with many people who were interested in what Purposeful Africa is hoping to accomplish in West Africa.

In addition we were able to meet and spend a little time with George Verwer, the founder of Operation Mobilization. He was the keynote speaker and did a fantastic job. Thank you for praying for us while we were traveling and attending the Forum.

October 16, 2009

Finding Your Place in the Fight Against Poverty

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World poverty seems like an overwhelming problem at times. You may find yourself asking, “how am I able to make an impact on such a huge crisis?” If you find yourself wrestling with this question, yet still feel like God is calling you to fight poverty around the world, then this book may be an answer to prayer for you.

“The Poor Will Be Glad” is a practical book that will guide you in finding a way for you to effectively fight poverty. Here is a brief description of the book from the publisher, Zondervan:

“A compelling call to carry God’s mercy and compassion to the hurting people of this world This eminently practical book by two leading experts in the field of poverty reduction offers a clear plan to help ordinary Christians translate their compassion into thoughtful action. Authors Peter Greer and Phil Smith draw on their personal experiences to provide proven solutions for effectively reducing poverty. With photographs by Jeremy Cowart included throughout, The Poor Will Be Glad examines the pitfalls of traditional approaches and outlines a new model of economic development aimed at breaking the cycle of dependency.

Through microfinance and employment-based solutions, people who share God’s heart for the poor can reorient their efforts from giving handouts to offering a hand up, helping others provide for their families and regain their dignity. This book provides straightforward guidance for individuals and groups eager to carry God’s justice, mercy, and compassion to the hurting people in our world.”

Read all of the details about The Poor Will be Glad on Zondervan’s website. If you have had the joy of reading this book, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know how it influenced you or changed your view on world poverty.

If you feel compelled and led by God to go and see firsthand what is and can be done to fight poverty, please consider joining Purposeful Africa on our first journey to West Africa in the fall of 2010.