Stone Age farming + @Nike kicks. This young man is a hard worker and has a story to tell. #Ethiopia

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June 12, 2013 by Discovering Light

I was recently with a Christian brother in Africa who shares my passion for the church. During the 1990s, he led a coalition of church-planting ministries in a southern African country with a population of over eleven million people. This coalition reported 10,000 new churches during the 1990s. He thought that the numerical growth in churches would bring visible transformation to the society. On the…

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June 7, 2013 by Discovering Light

There’s Too Many of Us, Part III

This is the final post on whether “there are too many of us” non-profits working in developing countries. We believe there are definitely not too many of us, and while we are small, lightweight organizations, we can use our size to accomplish great good, despite our mistakes. Here are 10 ways we can use our size to our advantage, or hopefully to the advantage of…

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May 25, 2013 by Discovering Light

A First-hand Perspective from West Arsi

Here’s a fabulous perspective from Noah Wardrip, who recently joined us in West Arsi. If you haven’t seen some of the photos he captured during the trip, check them out here. I’ve been back from Ethiopia for a little over a month now. I continually look back on the trip with much gratitude for the opportunity to go and the opportunity to see and understand…

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May 17, 2013 by Discovering Light

There’s Too Many of Us, Part II

Earlier this week, we asked if there are too many non-profit organizations attempting to address poverty, injustice and development issues around the world. We asked whether the influx of small outfits, is exacerbating some of the problems arising from decades-long aid efforts by large organizations and governments in North America and Europe. In the last 10-15 years, these have been joined in their efforts by…

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May 17, 2013 by Discovering Light

There’s Too Many of Us

For the last 10 years there’s been a steady increase of stories, books, speakers, and organizations describing how a half-century of well-intended foreign aid has caused a significantly adverse impact on countries in developing world. Ironically, advances in media and travel technology have converged with an explosion of interest in addressing the poverty and injustice that characterize many of these countries. A cultural phenomenon of international…

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May 13, 2013 by Discovering Light

Long Meetings in Dimly Lit Rooms

When asked to reflect on what he thought about his first trip to Ethiopia and personal experience with our partners and initiatives, Noah Wardrip commented, “I didn’t realize there’d be so many long meetings in poorly lit rooms.” His comment wasn’t about the rationing of electricity in the developing world but the unexpected series of confabs that took place during this so-called ‘mission trip’.  Noah…

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April 14, 2013 by Discovering Light

“We Have No Doubt!”

Our trip to West Arsi was capped off today by visits to two other Self Help Groups. The hopefulness the members displayed in their stories and proclamations was palpable. Ending our time, a member of the all-female group “Blessed” stated, “We have no doubt that we will be developed men and women.” Nor do we.  After tying up lose ends to projects and future plans,…

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April 5, 2013 by Discovering Light

A Few Days in South Central

Greetings from Awassa, Ethiopia! Our team has been here since Tuesday and as usual, we’ve had all kinds of experiences. Surprises, delays, encouraging testimonies and stories, growth in our partners and challenges to carrying out the initiatives that have been started. We heard from a large group of church planters yesterday about the blessing of sharing the love and truth of Christ with their neighbors…

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April 3, 2013 by Discovering Light

Homegrown: Beyond the Millennium Development Goals

In 2000, the United Nations adopted a plan called the Millennium Development Goals to address the most significant challenges facing Majority world countries in measurable ways by the year 2015. The ambitious plan sought to relieve hunger, improve education, increase employment, and reduce gender inequality throughout the developing world. For example, one of the targets seeks to “Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of…

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March 8, 2013 by Discovering Light