The Framework for Transformation
Our journey began with the question, “What would it look like to address the brokenness in our world using the Bible as our primary resource and metric for success?” Through two decades of searching scripture, praying, fasting, and engaging with vulnerable people, we found the answer to that question: God can and does heal and transform. We discovered seven biblical principles—what we call our Framework for Transformation—that we have found are key to seeing true and lasting change. In each of our programs and partnerships, we strive to apply these principles. And though we are far from perfect, God continues to show Himself more faithful and powerful than we could ever imagine. The principles are:
Depending on God
It’s God who transforms. We need to look to Him for wisdom, provision, and supernatural intervention. Billions of dollars and millions of experts are just not enough. (And we don’t have access to either of those anyway.)
Integrating Physical & Spiritual
Since we are whole persons, with souls firmly attached to bodies, every experience affects us both physically and spiritually. This impacts how we respond to all kinds of brokenness. We tend to fall between the physical category of “development” or the spiritual category of “missions,” trying to integrate both in every type of engagement.
Partnering with Churches
Jesus describes the Church as His body and bride. He chooses to reveal Himself through the Church. Local churches are His chosen instrument for His involvement in the world. When the local church acts, God receives the glory, rather than the praise going to an individual or organization. That’s why the church is key to addressing brokenness.
Pursuing God’s Ways
God’s ways are higher than our ways, and we need to constantly seek God through prayer, scripture, and wise Christian advisors. For us, God’s ways include building His kingdom rather than our own and being generous with all He gives us.
Focusing on the Vulnerable
Again and again in scripture, God reveals His heart for the vulnerable—orphans, widows, those who are hungry, oppressed, thirsty, sick, strangers, in prison, disabled, and poor. We want to reflect that passion.
Nurturing Truth & Confronting Lies
In our fallen world, every society is undergirded by both truth and lies. There are truths—such as the equal value of women, or a sense that with God’s help our efforts can make a difference—that are often missing. To see change, we need to nurture existing truths and counter the lies that cause brokenness.
Mobilizing Local Resources
God has not abandoned local churches and communities. He has gifted even the poorest with resources. We encourage people to discover and use those resources for God’s glory.