WDC: Breaking Lies

Beliefs can be powerful. They impact the way that we live, interact with others and see the future. For the students at the Wholistic Development Center (WDC), one of the most common and oppressive misbeliefs is that they have no value. They see themselves as the lowest people in society and believe that they cannot make a difference. They have plenty of life experience to back up this life-stealing belief. Most come from difficult family situations. Many are orphans. Some have illnesses that have affected their appearance. For many even after two years of school they still struggle to understand the potential that they have. The lies that they have lived with for most of their lives are hard to break. As part of an [...]

Nurturing Truth and Confronting Lies – The Village Story

Reconciled World’s second Core Principle is “Nurturing Truth and Confronting Lies.” In a nutshell, this means that we believe that every culture and community holds onto some truths and some lies. To see a community thrive, we must nurture the truths that exist while exposing beliefs that cause brokenness, poverty and injustice to the light of biblical truth. Here’s how that played out in a typical village in our Truth Centered Transformation program: […]

A Framework for Transformation

My first experiences in community development taught me one lesson – it’s not as easy as I would like. It always felt like a dance. Sometimes we did see good results but often it felt like one step forward and two backwards. Some of our experiences were great and sometimes we found out that while things can improve in one area, it doesn’t necessarily mean a life transformed. For example, more money doesn’t always mean better educated children, it may mean parents buying more alcohol. In only three years of community development work I was already starting to ask if I had missed something, was there another way of addressing the needs that we saw around us. Around that time I attended a conference. One [...]

How Truth Impacts Male/Female Relations in Communities

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28. A recent survey conducted by UNFPA suggests that 60% of Indian men admit acting violently towards their wives or partners at some point in their lives while 52% of women admitted to experiencing some form of abuse. More specifically, according to this report, more than 70% of men in Uttar Pradesh admitted to abusing their wives or female partners. It is not only adults, but also adolescent males between the ages of 15 and 19 that feel that abusing women is justified. UNICEF’s global report on adolescents 2012 had reported that 57% of adolescent boys in India [...]

By | 2017-09-08T10:04:33+00:00 November 27th, 2014|Categories: Ending Gendercide, Nurturing Truth & Confronting Lies|Tags: , |

Nurturing the Sculpting Stone of Truth

I recently saw a video on Facebook of a baby elephant stumbling over a ledge and the mother elephant hurrying to help the baby up. Within a few moments the mother was right there to nurture and love the distraught baby. The video is found here . I was reminded when I saw it that built into the instinct of every “kind” that God creates is an innate desire to protect and care for their young. I don’t speak elephant (obviously) but you can almost hear the mother elephant saying: “Are you ok?? Come here and stand with mommy. Listen Jr. that ledge is dangerous next time you will need to be more careful.” […]

By | 2017-09-08T10:04:45+00:00 November 24th, 2014|Categories: Nurturing Truth & Confronting Lies, Learn and Apply, 2:10|Tags: , |

How Truth Impacts Autism

Some of Reconciled World’s partners work to teach biblical truth to churches, young people, or other Christian groups. In His Image, on the other hand, works to demonstrate the impact of biblical truth on one specific vulnerable group–students with special needs and their families. The reality is that what we believe impacts what we do. It affects people individually as well as allowing for corrupt and oppressive systems. The beliefs that disabled children are the result of a curse on their family, that they are worthless and shameful, have countless ripple effects on those with disabilities and the larger society in India. By operating a center that draws out the true potential of these children, that lie has started to be broken down. But changing deeply-held [...]

By | 2017-09-08T10:04:52+00:00 November 20th, 2014|Categories: Nurturing Truth & Confronting Lies, In His Image, Stories|Tags: , |

What is Biblical Truth?

I remember the first time I heard the phrase "ideas have consequences." It’s a powerful idea, but left me initially skeptical. If true, it changes everything. Much of my work in development up until then had been focused on programs bringing skills training. While we had seen results, there was nothing stunning. We reworked our programs and refocused our efforts in an attempt to find out what difference it would make to focus on teaching biblical truth (the long story is here). The impact was amazing. As churches and communities understood God’s truth and started to apply it, God lifted them up out of poverty.  Miracles happened and lives were changed. Truly the verse, ‘If my people who are called by my name, will humble [...]

By | 2017-09-08T10:04:59+00:00 November 17th, 2014|Categories: Nurturing Truth & Confronting Lies, Learn and Apply, From the Directors|Tags: , |

Jenga and Truth: Why Ideas Have Consequences

My eyes are examining the leaning unstable tower with a calculated analysis of cause and effect. A gentle tug reveals the block is bearing full weight…a quick change of strategy. I now zoom in on a partly dislodged block on the other side of the tower. Carefully, slowly…my fingertips clench the block and ever so slightly tug the edge of the shape. The tower begins to sway and I quickly stop…waiting a few moments, trying to will the tower to find stability and re-gather its equilibrium. After a deep breath, my steady hand again attempts to dislodge the block with slow steady pressure…slowly…sloooowly…CRASH!!! The tower crumbles to the ground with a thunder of sound and a squeal of surprise. JENGA!!! The game is over and [...]

By | 2017-09-08T10:05:11+00:00 November 13th, 2014|Categories: Nurturing Truth & Confronting Lies, Learn and Apply|Tags: , |
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