Peter Greer: Helping Without Hurting, Avoiding Mission Drift, & Supporting Microenterprise
Bread for Life
Samaritan’s Enterprise – Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program (SEMAP)
Samaritan’s Enterprise MICROENTERPRISE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SEMAP) was founded as a ministry of Bread For Life to alleviate these conditions. To help the poorest of the poor take their first step up out of a circle of poverty by providing them with seed capital and business training to help them start an initiative to better their lives. From its inception, our desire has been to empower the most impoverished people realize their potential and strengthen their communities economically, following the mission of Bread For Life to help those it minister to in becoming spiritually, socially and economically vibrant.
Business as Mission
Christian Microenterprise Development
Microenterprise Development (MED) has been embraced with great enthusiasm by mission groups. Over 1200 Christian organisations are currently implementing MED in the two thirds world. But many of these efforts begin with little understanding of the basic fundamentals of creating a credit culture, with the discipline and knowledge of the best practices required The objective of this handbook is to provide information to help Christian MED practitioners and donors better understand how to apply Christian MED in ways that build Christ’s kingdom. The book draws from literature on secular MED and undertakes eight case studies of Christian MED programs from around the world. It then draws out the strengths and weaknesses of Christian MED.
Christian Adventure Ministry
Micro-Enterprise Development. Poverty leads to more poverty. Without starting capital, most of the poor do not have a way to boost themselves out of their impoverished state. Living years without financia resources effects the psychology and thought patterns of the poor, leading to a sense of hopelessness and destitution. Through baseline surveys, market surveys and needs assessments, we can determine appropriate income generating projects to encourage in the villages, which can be economically viable in the regional market. Through technical and business trainings, we can equip the participants to manage their projects well and become a more highly contributing member of their societies. This program is especially targeted for pastors, discipleship leaders, and Celebrate Recovery champions. These members need to have a viable source of income for their families in order to be free to provide the spiritual encouragement and training for others.
Christian Aid Mission
Help Build Income for the Poor
Almost all the poor tribal people in remote areas who received loans from a native ministry for micro-enterprise farming projects have gained their livelihood from them and paid off the initial debt. They thus avoided high-interest lending from the unscrupulous and helped lift their families out of poverty amid the pandemic. Local missionaries began Bible studies among them, and those who received Christ have helped workers proclaim the gospel and follow up with new believers. Native ministries need donations in order to carry out these and other microenterprise projects. Pray that love for the Lord and each other would abound in material and spiritual harvests.
Christian Freedom International (CFI)
Christian Freedom International (CFI) aids, equips and advocates for Christians who are oppressed or persecuted for their faith.
CFI provides spiritual and physical help for suffering Christians to live in the dignity of God’s love and rise above their circumstances.
CFI offers ways for Christians to ease the burdens of persecuted Christians through prayer, action, and giving.
Christian Freedom International (CFI) is an international human rights organization that "helps those who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ." It is based in Front Royal, Virginia.
Christian Freedom International aids, equips, and advocates for persecuted Christians. It provides spiritual and material support, such as Bibles and Bible training, food and medical aid, schools and training, churches and shelters, and runs programs such as child sponsorships and microenterprise.
Cross International was built on three foundational pillars of service: orphans and vulnerable children, children with disabilities, and crisis care. Our Thriving Kids Initiative supports thoughtful, accountable projects that help children, families, and whole communities thrive. In every aspect of our work, we share the love of God and the hope of the Gospel.
Evangelical Fellowship of India
EFI Micro Enterprise Development
The Evangelical Fellowship of India–Micro-Enterprises Development (EFI-MED) is a project for Development, Research and Training that equips churches with economic development strategies that holistically empower the poor and powerless communities. By bringing together through the intervention of research (data collection and analysis’s of the same) the process of micro-economic development and the principle of social entrepreneurship for the members of the Christian communities living below the poverty line, EFI-MED attempts to build capacities of local churches and thus transform the lives of the Christian communities making them self-reliant.
Farms International establishes loan programs and provides funds from which national loan committees distribute interest free loans to needy families recommended by local churches for income generating projects. They also teach families essential technical and managerial skills.
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Micro-Enterprise Loan Program
ACLUP was created from the vision of some members of the chaplaincy church at the Marine Military Base of Bukavu. They were concerned with how to address the poverty which was observed among the Christian community. The leaders of the chaplaincy church observed a large number of military and police wives and widows who were very poor and this became a burden for them. As a result, the pastor considered this an emergency and invited these people to meet. The first meeting was in mid-June 2015 and ACLUP was formed in January 2016 after consulting all the members who had shown a desire to be part of it. It was felt the church needed to be a place where people are assisted both spiritually and physically and so a way was formed to bring a sustainable solution to the poverty observed among the members.
Homes for Hope
Christ-Centered Micro-enterprise Development
Christ-Centered Micro-enterprise Development is more than simple charity, it’s a hand-up, not a hand-out.
The programs we support provide under-served families around the world with access to discipleship, safe places to save, business training, and small loans, equipping them to start and grow a small business, and empowering them to realize their true potential as providers and givers in their communities.
HOPE International is a network of micro-finance institutions and savings and credit associations. They work to empower men, women, and families to break the cycles of physical and spiritual poverty through discipleship, biblically based business training, savings services, and small loans. HOPE International is an innovator in the field of micro-enterprise development by incorporating a strong witness for Jesus Christ and employing a variety of approaches.
Conventional thinking holds the belief that poverty is inevitable and hopeless. At MEDIC, we simply don’t believe that. We believe that through our training, people and their enterprises can be developed for success. We see it every day in our training – people’s lives are transformed in how they see themselves and they begin to believe that they can move forward, and hold hope for their future. There are many creative and talented people among the poor and they do not have to be perpetual dependents or perpetually poor. Their dignity can be restored.
Mission Network News
Small businesses in Indonesia yield saved souls https://www.mnnonline.org/news/small-businesses-indonesia-yields-saved-souls/
An internet and radio news service on more than 1,000 Christian radio stations in 31 countries. We provide current event news and information that encourages people to do something for God.
Opportunity International provides access to savings, small business loans, insurance and training to more than 5 million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Clients in 22 countries use these financial services to expand businesses, provide for their families, create jobs for their neighbors and build a safety net for the future.
Peter K Greer
Peter Greer is the president and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered economic development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
Romanian Christian Enterprises - RCE
RCE’s programs are dedicated to; placing orphans in families, preventing suffering and additional abandonment for at-risk families, providing education and physical therapy for children with special needs. RCE is a mercy ministry committed to restoring God’s order for children and families by equipping and assisting the local church in acts of mercy and grace.
The A Specialist’s Charities
HOPE International is a network of microfinance institutions and savings and credit associations operating in 17 countries around the world. We work to empower men, women, and families to break the cycles of physical and spiritual poverty through discipleship, biblically based business training, savings services, and small loans. By incorporating a strong witness for Jesus Christ and employing a variety of approaches, HOPE is an innovator in the field of microenterprise development.
The Chalmers Center
Dr. Russell Mask
International Microenterprise Technical Advisor
and training organization that equips churches with economic development strategies that holistically empower people who are poor. Through research, micro-economic development interventions and social entrepreneurship principles, the Chalmers Center grows the capacity of the local church to transform the lives of low-income people without creating dependency.
Our Christian Micro-Enterprise Development (CMED) program provides safe, affordable access to otherwise unavailable or high cost capital funds. The funding ($300-$500 per loan) enables individuals to lift themselves from the bonds of poverty through low interest loans to either expand or stabilize an existing business. Currently, we have over 80 loans without any delinquent accounts. Our CMED Administrator works with the borrowers to provide basic business practices. In addition, there are training seminars that teach financial planning, budgeting, and marketing concepts. Any donation amount will help
empower recipients to realize a better life.
West African Christian Ministries, Inc.
Burkina Faso has the highest illiteracy rate in the world so we are providing free education to over 1,000 children for grades one through six. Burkina Faso is also the third poorest country, so we have a microenterprise program for illiterate women and a tree planting project to stop the encrouchment of the desert.