Aug 01 2015
We’re at war, don’t you know?
Imagine you were part of a military company. Word comes over the radio that your fellow soldiers are in trouble – pinned down in a difficult spot. And they’re calling for reinforcements. What do you do? In most situations, you’d deploy to help them.
War is a state of armed conflict between different nations. It pits the morals, resources, skill, discipline, strength, and training of one nation against that of another.
As soft as it may seem, there’s a real battle happening in the spiritual world – between God, who loves life and Satan, who loves suffering and death. We see it played out in poor communities all over the world. Poverty is a frontline of war with skirmishes and battles that rage on every moment of every day – light vs dark, life vs death.
There are people pinned down in these communities. They’re smart and determined, but poverty has them pinned down in a strategic chokehold. They’re calling for help. Do you sense that?
I’m putting together a team of people who want to thoughtfully make war against poverty.
This isn’t theoretical or pie-in-the-sky. I’ve dedicated my life to this for the last four years. I’ve traveled all over the world. I have very close connections to people in communities in Kenya, India, and Haiti. I travel to each of these communities a couple times a year. And I need help! Of course, financial help, but I need highly capable people with me day-in and day-out.
The model we’re pursuing: Build communities so THEY can build people who build God’s kingdom on this earth.
The methods: Depending on the community, a mixture of water, nutrition, sanitation, health care, soul development, schools, job training, and business development. Each community has a leadership council of 12–16 people who make decisions about priorities and mobilize others in their community. We then help them execute those plans over a period of 8–12 years, increasing their own leadership and governance skills all throughout so they’re in a position to fully run their community without any help from us in the end.
Who am I looking for? I’m looking for the best. I’m looking for people who are a combination of the following:
- Frustrated in leadership that doesn’t have the comprehensive understanding needed to address issues well
- Exhausted by overly-emotional poverty appeals
- Tired of poor strategy in combating poverty
- Desire to build God’s kingdom by thoughtfully living life
- Learners who want to discover and implement intelligent poverty solutions
- Genuine affection for God, his ways, and the bible
- Highly confident in their abilities (whatever they might be, even if you’re not recognized for them). For example, you often say to yourself, “I’m so good at _______.” (NOTE: This isn’t bragging. God made you this way!)
Emotion doesn’t win a war. It plays a part, but only a small one. Victory over poverty requires the same thing as victory in war: morals, resources, skill, discipline, strength, and training. My team needs help developing all angles of our campaign against poverty – intellectual, artistic, administrative, and probably a dozen others.
We need troops in this war! If you’re interested on possibly joining up with me and my team, please drop me a message (not a comment on the post) and write down your thoughts on what I’ve written here (and anything else you want). A link to my email is at the top of the site (the little envelope icon). We’ll then put you through an application process. If you know someone who fits the description here, PLEASE forward this to them! I’m praying to God that he’ll bring just the right people – people who want to love others by going to war!