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Financial education in Africa

Does possessing or giving make you happy?

Maybe you wouldn’t expect it; Jesus talks a lot about finances in His teachings. Money or the lack of it is often a cause of poverty, greed and oppression. Money can also be a means to support others. An instrument to build a hopeful future.

No money…

Jesus Himself did not posses much. He continually shared and put the interest of others above His own. Jesus lived in complete dependency and provision of God our Father. He asks us to take care of the poor and needy. Money is a means to do this. Not to possess or stack, but meant to share. You could help people in poverty in three ways, from a natural point of view:

  1. Give them food (emergency help)
  2. Educate them to grow their own food (developmental work)
  3. Educate them to earn money, so they can buy food (business as mission)

Good money…

Our foundation aims for the second way, to train people to grow their own food. After a successful harvest, possessions come into play. This is a new situation for many people. Dealing with money in a proper way, is something one must learn. We complement our training with financial education. The material we use is developed by Crown Malawi and is called the African Money Map. It is available in the APP we developed. Investing, saving, making budgets, spending in a right way are essential skills for farmers. All education is based on the Bible. Gods Word contains wise advice on how to deal with money en possession. Bearing in mind that the most precious possession is an eternal life with Him!

Share money…

Do you want to share something beautiful today? Bless someone!

 

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Nehemiah ends poverty!

The Jewish people where largely taken into exile (586 BC). After 70 years in Babel Nehemiah hears about the misery of his people who remained behind in Israel. Nehemiah is known for rebuilding Jerusalem. He brought the people back to the God of Israel. Did you know Nehemiah also brought righteousness in his land and ended poverty?

Understanding poverty

Nehemiah heard about the misery of  his people who where oppressed by their own brothers  (Neh. 5). Nehemiah took compassion on them. The first complaint his people told him was a lack of food (vs 2). That’s where we as a foundation want to start. Educate people on how to grow food in Gods way. The second complaint is a loss of income to purchase food (vs 3). Knowledge, skills, good seeds and manure are necessary. The third complaint is the loss of income and possessions to pay taxes, they where charged with usury (1% per month) (vs 4). In many developmental countries a 40% yearly interest rate is not uncommon.  A collateral is also demanded like in the days of Nehemiah. This is how many people lost their possessions, it keeps people in poverty. Micro credits, without or with an honest interest rate and without a collateral, can offer people a way out of poverty.

Righteous & compassionate

Nehemiah brings righteousness by first confronting the oppressors with their injustice in the light of Gods Word (vs 7-8). Nehemiah had also lent money, he sets an example by canceling all debts.. He asked the rich lenders to do the same that very day. They act upon that. They return fields, sons and daughters. including paid interest (vs 11). Nehemiah is our example.
Let’s be  righteous and compassionate today. Do something for someone in poverty!

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