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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 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.

September 21, 2009

Crown Financial Ministries Launches New Video Series

Filed under: Announcements,Changing Lives,Partners — Tags: , , — TimMc @ 1:10 am

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After two years of development, Crown Financial has just released their brand new film learning experience, “God Provides.” This is an excellent series that should be viewed by leaders in every ministry and organization. We think that leaders everywhere will find this film very valuable.

What is God Provides?

“Throughout history, people have wrestled with the concept of trusting God to meet their needs versus relying on the world. Through stirring accounts found in the Bible, God reveals how He wants to be our ultimate Provider.

This film learning experience offers a rich, dramatic journey through six theater-quality, epic short films and printed companion guide that can be used for individual or group study.”

There is a total of six short films in this series. They are:

  • Widow and Oil (from 2 Kings 4:1-7)
  • Jeremiah’s Call (from Jeremiah 29:1-14)
  • Abraham’s Reward (from Genesis 12-15:6)
  • Abraham and Isaac (from Genesis 22:1-18)
  • Rich Man and Lazarus (from Luke 16:19-31)
  • Lifted Up (from John 3: 1-17)

Order the series today by visiting Crown Financial’s website. This valuable resource is a great investment.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Phillipians 4:19 (NIV)

August 31, 2009

Do Questions Lead to Actions?

Filed under: Changing Lives,Partners,Prayer Requests — TimMc @ 1:16 pm

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Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of of my sheep.” John 21:16 (NIV)

Take care of my sheep. Peter took a rough, circuitous route to ultimately accomplish what Christ wanted of him…but he finally became ‘the rock’ Christ desired him to be. Peter, after hearing the questions, finally responded with actions that made a positive eternal impact upon our world.

What questions are being asked of you? What are the actions that those questions beg?

Earlier this month, I came across a great article that displays how we process those questions and ultimately respond with actions that make a difference. The article is called “One important question can lead to important actions” and was written by Nigel Alston. I would encourage you to read the article and prayerfully consider what God may be asking of you within your own life and circumstances. What is He calling you to do? How are you going to respond?

For all of us at Purposeful Africa, we know that God has called us to action on behalf of the widows and orphans who are struggling throughout all of West Africa. Our response, our “action” is being formed right now. We are praying for partners who also feel God calling them to act on behalf of the precious lives who are struggling throughout the nations of West Africa. Are you sensing God’s call to minister among these folks with us? If so, know that we are praying for you!

July 28, 2009

Bono’s Hope in ‘Rebranding’ Africa

Filed under: Changing Lives,Ghana — TimMc @ 7:50 pm

“Amid poverty and disease are opportunities for investment and growth — investment and growth that won’t eliminate overnight the need for assistance … but that in time can build roads, schools and power grids and propel commerce to the point where aid is replaced by trade pacts, business deals and home-grown income,” said Bono, lead singer of the band U2 during a recent interview prior to President Barack Obama’s visit to Ghana.

July 6, 2009

Business as Mission Conference in Dallas Oct. 14-16, 2009

Filed under: Business as Mission,Changing Lives — TimMc @ 4:21 pm

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Global CEO Network is hosting a conference in Dallas, TX for CEO’s or senior executives who are passionate about using their companies for Kingdom purposes. This is an invitation only event. To learn more about Global CEO Network and to learn more about their organization, please visit their website, www.globalceonetwork.org.

If you know of someone who may be interested in using their company to aid in business as mission, please encourage them to request more information about this conference.

June 29, 2009

Sincere, Selfless Love Changes Lives

Filed under: Changing Lives — TimMc @ 3:43 am

“Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart.”
– 1 Peter 1:22

What does it mean to love others with a sincere love as Peter describes in the above verse? What does this kind of love look like? How do we show it?

Ward Brehm, a philanthropist, told us that he used to describe himself as a successful businessman who went to church on occasion. So one day, Ward’s pastor invited him to join him on a mission trip to Africa. And after some deliberation, Ward decided to go. That trip would change his life for eternity. Ward told of a specific day on the journey that he had been fasting, but had brought some power bars along with him. Deep into Africa’s wild, the group stopped and he went into a small tent to rest for a bit.

While he was in the tent, an African boy who looked to be about 10 years old came into the tent. The boy was playing around a bit and looking curiously through Ward’s belongings. As the young boy left the tent, he managed to take one of Ward’s power bars with him.

Ward said he thought in that moment how much kids are alike wherever you go. But that was only until he walked out of the tent and saw the little boy breaking off bits of that power bar and feeding it to his three-year-old sister who had a distended stomach and a dying body.

Witnessing that selfless act of the young boy loving his sister more than himself, Ward Brehm came to understand sincere love. And his life was changed for eternity.

You see, sincere, selfless love changes lives. And this is the amazing love that Jesus Christ wants to show others through your life. Ask Jesus to help you rise to this higher purpose: To love others with a sincere love. And it will change your life for eternity.

SINCERE, SELFLESS LOVE CHANGES LIVES.

*Written by Dr. Jack Graham and republished with permission. To read more about Dr. Graham and his ministry, we encourage you to please visit the website for Powerpoint Ministries.

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