TCT – Does it Work?

We began Truth Centered Transformation (TCT) nearly 15 years ago. It is a five-year church training program with three goals: 1) Glorify God, 2) Strengthen the church, and 3) see communities move out of poverty. We were stunned when we graduated the first few hundred communities because many declared that their communities were no longer poor! It had actually ‘worked’! Obedience to God and loving their neighbors had been effective in moving entire communities out of poverty. But we were still unsure—perhaps this was something God did only for a specific group of people that were especially on His heart. Since then, we’ve expanded to more countries, and are seeing the same results again and again. Late last year we graduated hundreds of churches in [...]

By | 2018-01-19T09:15:20+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Programs, Stories, Truth Centered Transformation|Tags: , |

Pray: Fatalism

I’ve just spent a month in Africa teaching the TCT program. One of the big things we look at during trainings are the beliefs that keep people locked in poverty. There are many. The South Sudanese team shared some really powerful lies that keep them in poverty, such as, “We are a baby country, so everyone should just give to us” and “We are the land of Cush that was cursed in Isaiah 18; we are cursed.” While these lies and their impact are incredibly sad, it was fun to watch the team search scripture to find the truth to counter each of those lies and recognise it isn’t what God says about them at all. […]

By | 2017-09-08T10:12:51+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Categories: Pray, Nurturing Truth & Confronting Lies, Truth Centered Transformation|Tags: |

Housebuilding: TCT Asia

God is at work through the church. This video tells the story of an Act of Love from a community we work with in Asia. It's an inspiring example of how their church is being obedient to God and loving their neighbors with joy. TCT Act of Love - House building from Reconciled World on Vimeo.

By | 2018-01-29T08:57:08+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Categories: Stories, Truth Centered Transformation, Mobilizing Local Resources|Tags: |

The Church is Capable

For years the church members of Tu Pi village had waited for someone to come help them. They were extremely poor—at least three months a year they had to scavenge for food. The village was a three-hour walk from the nearest road, meaning that they had little contact with anyone outside their community. The village had no school, no medical facilities, no market, no electricity, no toilets or wells. Gathering water required a two-kilometer walk. With little discipleship, the church members lived much the same way as the rest of the community— growing tobacco and rice to make rice wine. It made life bearable at least. Then they heard a rumor that there was a program for churches that was causing communities to move out [...]

By | 2017-09-13T09:52:05+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Stories, Truth Centered Transformation|Tags: |

International Wholistic Missions Conference 2017

As we travel around sharing about the amazing way God transformed hundreds of communities out of poverty, the response is most often, “How can my church/ministry/program see transformation like that?” We regularly lead TCT orientations in Asia and Africa to answer that question. But those of you in the U.S. have been left wondering. We’re excited to let you know that this year at the International Wholistic Missions Conference (IWMC) we will run a track that covers exactly that—a slightly shortened version of the orientation that we run in other nations. While the Truth Centered Transformation (TCT) program is primarily designed for rural churches in the majority world, the transformational principles that undergird the program are universal. Those principles, what we call the Framework for [...]

By | 2017-02-28T05:30:18+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: Learn and Apply, Truth Centered Transformation|

God’s Power

Just a couple of days ago I had the honor of sitting down with some brothers from South Sudan while they shared about their nation. One of the stories that still haunts me is of how soldiers are renting out their weapons from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. so that people can go looting. The soldiers haven’t been paid for five to six months and are literally starving, so the offer of a month’s salary just for renting out their weapon is hard to resist. Even if money makes it into the system it is taken by corrupt generals and officers, thus making the soldiers even angrier and more likely to make poor decisions. It’s a tragic scenario that leaves me asking myself what hope there is for [...]

By | 2017-02-14T05:30:03+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Categories: Stories, Truth Centered Transformation, From the Directors|

Stories from Uganda

Last week, Anna blogged about the complexity of generational poverty and the need for prayer. The truth is, we see Him answer these prayers every day. We are so excited about what God is doing amongst those who are experiencing poverty—bringing transformation in their thinking and causing them to flourish. We just finished up our first ever TCT East Africa Forum, with 31 pastors and denominational leaders. So I’m sure that, in the coming year, we’ll be sharing lots of stories of God’s power and faithfulness from that group of dynamic men of God! Here are a couple of “Praise God” stories from TCT-partner churches in Uganda… […]

By | 2017-02-07T05:30:25+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Categories: Stories, Truth Centered Transformation|Tags: , , |

This I Know

Wow, phew, it’s been quite the month so far. The USA is still reeling from elections and New Zealand (my home country) was rocked by earthquakes. India, where I have a number of friends and we have lots of partners, fell into confusion when the government suddenly banned 80 percent of the paper money in circulation. For me personally, someone I knew passed on to heaven, and I had to jump into meetings when I really needed time to get my head around everything. All in all, the second week of November felt completely overwhelming. When we are feeling exhausted, anxious, or off-balance, it’s important to focus on What is True. Here are a few grounding truths that I have learned in 20 years of [...]

By | 2017-09-18T19:18:02+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Depending on God, Truth Centered Transformation, From the Directors|Tags: |

“People Build Bridges…”

There’s a funny saying we pass around at our office: “People build bridges.” When we face an obstacle that seems too big, a challenge too overwhelming, “people build bridges” reminds us that people are capable of extraordinary things . . . But we always meant it as a metaphor. Then this summer, I met some folks who really do build bridges—and no, they’re not engineers, not construction crews, and they don’t have dump-trucks and cranes. Rather, they’re rural farmers, everyday people facing tremendous obstacles, from persecuted churches in impoverished villages. And their work has made a tremendous impact. […]

By | 2016-11-07T05:30:15+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Categories: Learn and Apply, Truth Centered Transformation|Tags: , |
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