We Ask Before We Invest
Giving Through A Godly Lens
MOVEMENT OF WISDOM
We realize that The Church has been guilty of sending money to places that offer very little kingdom return and we are committed to resist this form of bad stewardship. We run every missions request and partnership opportunity through a critical lens to ensure that every dollar we invest has its maximum impact. We have 5 Questions that we ask before we invest.
1. Does This
REMEMBER THE POOR?
Jesus and his followers declared the good news of the kingdom through both words and deeds to the blind, the lame, the deaf, the mute, the leper, and the poor (Luke 7:18-23; 9:1-2; 10:9). Multitudes of biblical passages make clear that God measures cultures and peoples by what they do about the poorest among them. As the body of Christ, we are to create an alternative culture that declares this kingdom in both words and deed – especially to the least of these. We believe embracing our own mutual brokenness is central to poverty alleviation so that we can truly help others without hurting them and ourselves.
2. Does This
REACH THE LESSER REACHED?
Jesus was quite clear in his command to bring the news of His kingdom to every single human on the planet. We are troubled by the incredibly high volume of missions dollars spent to reach the already reached, while the lesser-reached people groups remain untouched. We embrace the call to give of ourselves and go where others are not going, and reach out and love the isolated, unreached, and those deemed untouchable by society. Thus, we are particularly interested in partnering with ministry committed to bring the Gospel where it is not already common.
3. Does This
INCLUDE INDIGENOUS PARTNERSHIP?
We recognize that good intensions are not enough, and working with people rather than for them is often the best avenue for helping that helps and does not harm. It is empowering, mobilizing, and dignity-laden. Working with local churches and local resources creates lasting change. Missions without indigenous partnerships communicates that solutions to the community’s problems must come from outside of that community, instead of recognizing and affirming the God-given gifts and assets within every individual and community.
4. Is This Work
SUSTAINABLE & REPRODUCIBLE?
We want to set up systems that are easily reproduced and maintainable so that every good work we put into practice does not create dependency on us. Disciples reproduce who they are, so we want our efforts, skills, and talents that we bring to the table to be reproduced and carried out in others after we are gone.
1. Is This Ministry
“As long as they sought the Lord, God made him prosper” (2 Chronicles 26:5). We desire to partner in mission with those who radically seek the face of God. We want every missional endeavor to be covered in prayer and fasting so that everything we do flows out of seeking the Lord. We want to partner on earth with where we see His Spirit moving. Only by first seeking Him will we be able to move in His power, speaking for the voiceless, empowering the downcast, and helping the oppressed.