Bridging the Gap: Integral Mission with the Poor

Bridging the Gap: Integral Mission with the Poor

By Tim Costello

I would like to consider this topic by reflecting on probably the most famous story Jesus told, colloquially called The Good Samaritan (Luke 10). This story was precipitated by two questions that highlight the gap between engagement with the poor and my evangelical upbringing. At first sight, the two questions seem so different and almost unrelated that one wonders if the Good Samaritan story is indeed a response to both.


Art and God’s Mission: Connecting art and local-church worship to poverty and injustice

Art and God's Mission: Connecting art and local-church worship to poverty and injustice

General Objectives:

1. Mission: Exploring God’s mission and how art fits into it.
2. Art: Exploring the nature of art and the role it plays in social issues.
3. Worship: Exploring what worship is and how it connects to poverty, injustice, and violence.

Specific Outcome-based Objectives:

By the end of the seminar participants will have:
1. Compared God’s mission with much of the church’s understanding of it.
2. Explored how ideas travel and the role of the ‘balladeer,’ and identify some examples of both.
3. Explored the power of art and identified its function in addressing social issues.
4. Defined worship and identified how worship in a local church setting can link to issues of poverty, injustice, and violence.


Progredindo de visão para a prática: tornando “Abundância de vida” em pratica

Progredindo de visão para a prática: tornando “Abundância de vida” em pratica

Mark Galpin
United Mission to Nepal (Missão Unida para Nepal)

Este documento examina a experiência da Missão Unida para Nepal (MUN) indo do conceito de “abundância de vida” sendo apenas uma declaração esotérica de intento com pouca conexão ao trabalho em campo ao ponto de ela fixar-se praticamente no conceito organizacional e tornando-se em um impulso maior no nosso trabalho em geral. Este documento explora ligeiramente o contexto onde operamos e como isto têm influenciado a nossa jornada, o processo pelo qual temos passado no desenvolvimento de modelos práticos entre pobreza e abundância de vida, e depois descreve os modelos em si. Depois o documento examina como estes modelos têm sido usados dentro da organização, e como elas impactam no nosso trabalho. O documento conclui descrevendo as lições aprendidas neste processo e fazendo recomendações para outras organizações interessadas em fazer com que as suas operações em campo conectam melhor com os princípios bíblicos de Abundância de vida e/ ou shalom enquadrado em suas visões e declarações de missão.


Honduras – Historic Agreement

Honduras - Historic Agreement

By Amanda Jackson, Micah Challenge and Vilma (Nina) Balmaceda, FIAJC
9 October 2014

President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras, elected in January this year, has implemented strong anti- corruption monitoring in an historic agreement with Transparency International and Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa (ASJ).


Moving from vision to practice: making Fullness of Life practical

Moving from vision to practice: making Fullness of Life practical

Mark Galpin, United Mission to Nepal, 2015

This paper examines the experience of the United Mission to Nepal (UMN) moving from the concept of ‘fullness of life’ being simply a lofty statement of intent with little connection to the work on the ground, to the point where it is
practically embedded in the organization’s thinking and is a major driver for its work as a whole. The paper briefly explores the context that UMN works in and how this influenced this journey, the process undertaken in developing practical models for poverty and fullness of life, and then also describes the models themselves. The paper then examines how these models have been used within the organization, and the way in which they impact on its work. The paper ends by drawing out lessons learned from this process and making recommendations for other organizations interested in ensuring that their work on the ground better connects to the biblical concepts of fullness of life and/or shalom, enshrined in their vision and mission statements.


Finding Frames Report – Engaging in Global Poverty

Finding Frames Report - Engaging in Global Poverty

Finding Frames is a report about the ways in which the UK public engage with global poverty issues, and about how development NGOs and other stakeholders might deepen and extend that engagement. Having identified the problems, the report deliberately does not prescribe solutions; instead it sets out a programme of work which NGOs will need to undertake in collaboration if it is to achieve the transformational change in how the public engage with poverty which we feel is long overdue.


SDG 1 – End Poverty

SDG 1 - End Poverty


While global poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 2000, one in ten people in developing regions are still living with their families on less than the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day, and there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount. Significant progress has been made in many countries within Eastern and South eastern Asia, but up to 42% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa continues to live below the poverty line.

Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making.

Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality. Social protection systems need to be implemented to help alleviate the suffering of disaster-prone countries and provide support in the face of great economic risks. These systems will help strengthen responses by afflicted populations to unexpected economic losses during disasters and will eventually help to end extreme poverty in the most impoverished areas.


  • Awareness Raising: A key part of every advocacy initiative is raising awareness, and this can be done through workshops, information leaflets, and demonstration of good practice events. The 17th October is Eradication of Poverty Day against trafficking in Persons – getting your church to do a special service looking at this issue theologically and practically.

The first step is to be well informed – know the Sustainable Development Goal 1

Goal: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

  • Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable
  • Build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
  • Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions
  • Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions

Proverbs 19:17- Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.