The saving power of the Gospel means freedom. But often, physical circumstances provide challenges on this side of heaven. In rural South East Asia, poverty can combine with shame to provide constant struggles for new believers.
FARMS International strengthens the local Church by helping Christians achieve sustainable business goals to leave poverty and live more freely.
Rejecting Shame and Poverty
South East Asian values differ greatly from those of Western cultures. People operate in terms of community honor and shame rather than individual achievement.
Scott Clifton with FARMS International says that failing to provide for your family, for instance, implies much more than the physical lack of shelter or food. It brings dishonor on the head of the home.
This shame combined with the day-to-day realities of poverty can be overwhelming. FARMS desires to empower the Church to focus on the Gospel by supporting individuals with sustainable business goals.
Clifton stresses that their goal isn’t to just “help” people stop feeling the effects of poverty, but to provide a lasting way for them to move forward.
“As a ministry we want to assist efforts that are going on. We want to strengthen the Church, but we want the ownership to lie with the people who are impacted. And so that’s coming from people themselves who run the program and who are part of the churches.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Anna Deckert
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that God would open the doors for more Christians to use a FARMS loan to step out of poverty.
- Join the work of FARMS International as they help Christian brothers and sisters overcome poverty.
- Pray that Christians in South East Asia would feel the freedom of Christ as they move out of poverty and the shame that can accompany it.